Sustainable Development of Obolon Corporation
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Sustainable development is a key element of the Obolon Corporation’s strategy. It allows the company to implement its corporate ambitions and fully develop each of its CSR areas: employee development, environment protection, promotion of sports, and support of the local communities.
Producing beverages with a high level of quality and safety is the basis for the long-term development of the Obolon Corporation. Stability of production processes and guaranteed quality and safety of its beverages ensure that the company achieves its goals on the way to sustainability.
Climate change, resource depletion, and energy dependence are the challenges of the 21st century for individuals as well as for large manufacturers. Reduction of environmental impact and conservation of nature are priorities for Obolon as the largest Ukrainian beverage producer.
Obolon makes both a direct and an indirect impact on the economy of the country as a whole and specific regions where its facilities are located through job creation, paying taxes to the local and state budgets, development of related industries, and support of the social culture.
Adhering to the principles of sustainable development, Obolon views the participation in the social life of the regions where its facilities are located as an important component of developing Ukrainian society as well as its own business.
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Brewer's grain recycling

Period of implementation
1,41 млн. грн
2008 – 2015
Obolon Corporation’s main brewery in Kyiv
  • Reduction of environmental impact through reduction of production waste
  • One of the main problems of the beer industry is the disposal of organic waste created in the course of production.
  • Each year, 30 million tons of such waste is produced.
  • The majority of organic waste (brewer’s grains, malt sprouts, and yeast) is traditionally used in the agriculture.he brewer’s grains, which make up 30% of the initial weight of the malt grain, are widely used by the farmers as a natural feedstock.
  • The brewer’s grains have a short shelf life, which limits the logistic capabilities.
  • However, for environmentally conscious companies, the costs may turn into income if the recycling issues are properly dealt with.
  • The Obolon Corporation also used to have problems with the recycling of brewer’s grains due to large amounts produced, up to 700 tons per day.
  • In 2008, the company introduced a brewer’s grains drying project.This resolved the main problem by prolonging the shelf life of brewer’s grains to 6 months, and significantly expanded the logistics.
  • Due to the heat intensity of the drying process,the company implemented the heat supply system remodeling project in 2011 in order to reduce the energy intensity of the production.Since then, Obolon partly uses the recuperated steam to dry the brewer’s grain, with 100% of condensate returned to the boiler room.


The use of recuperated steam Obolon for the brewer’s grain drying saves about 35,000 m of natural gas per month.

The Corporation Obolon became the first Ukrainian company to recycle brewer's grain (brewing waste). The dry granule production unit is capable of processing up to 700 tons of raw brewer’s grain per day without any harmful environmental impact.

As a result:

  • a significant reduction in wet grain waste – на 91% for seven years;
  • improved sanitary condition of the territory;
  • reduction of vehicle exhaust gas emissions due to the reduction in wet grain transportation.
Dry brewer’s grains production
thousand tons

The main customers of brewer’s grains Obolon are the Ukrainian milk farms (Ukrainian Milk Association), as well as EU and Israeli agricultural producers.


  • Since its establishment and till this day, Obolon Corporation has been maintaining and developing the charity and volunteering traditions. Each year, Obolon makes investments into the regions where its companies are located, implements initiatives of social importance, and supports the partners by funding and product donations. Today the social activity of the company is an important component for sustainable development of the country and for the life of the Ukrainian society.More
  • Achieving a gender balance is important for sustainable development not only as an ethical norm, but as a requirement for effective operation.The companies of Obolon Corporation have about 28% of female employees.Under the Gender Plan adopted in 2011 and the Collective Bargaining Agreement revised in 2012, Obolon guarantees and ensures equal employment rights for men and for women.More
  • The early 2000s boosted the development of corporate volunteering at the Obolon Corporation facilities.The donorship movement in the company, initiated by the employees, has been growing for over 14 years.Each year new employees join the regular donors and continue the noble tradition in the company. More
  • Since 1994, the Obolon Corporation is a member of the Ukrainian Quality Association, and since 1998 a member of the Quality Leaders Club of Ukraine. The Corporation is successful in the competition both on the domestic and on the international markets.In 2008, Obolon created an integrated management system and had four international standards certified at onceMore
  • In 2013, the Obolon Corporation reduced its production waste levels by 48.5%. Among other things, this was achieved due to comprehensive recycling of used PET packaging.For 12 years, Obolon has been running the waste plastic packaging recycling project.The collection of used bottles, reduction of emissions, and reduction of energy consumption help Obolon significantly reduce its environmental impact.More
  • Responsibility is the foundation of the Obolon Corporation’s environmental policy. In addition to the reduction of environmental footprint, the organic brewing waste recycling technologies allow Obolon supply highly nutritious feedstock to agricultural companies.Besides, such production is a source of additional income for the company.More
  • The Obolon Corporation is one of the largest Ukrainian taxpayers.Its companies employ over 5,000 people, about 5% of whom have children under 6 years.In order to ensure comfortable working conditions and help combine the professional and family responsibilities, in 2013 Obolon joined the “Back to Work” employee reintegration project.More
  • Obolon Corporation helps improve the education of the Ukrainian society through systematic investments into the development of education and book publishing and renovation of educational institutions.For 9 years, Obolon has supported the Petro Yatsyk International Contest of Ukrainian Speakers to promote the second most beautiful language in the world.More
  • Obolon started investing into the development of sports back in the 90s.For over two decades, the corporation has been providing comprehensive support to teams and projects promoting a healthy lifestyle. Today, the Obolon Corporation has its own football club, Obolon Brovar, playing in the national championship; the company supports childrens’ and youth soccer (Zmina sports school), and holds competitions among its personnel.More
  • For more than twenty years Obolon has been implementing a support programme for vulnerable social groups. Such categories include disabled and low-income people, senior citizens and disadvantaged children. This area of work also encompasses the support of large families acting as family-type children’s homes. Implementation of this programme secures the right of children to a family upbringing and a happy childhood spent within a family.More