Our Policies & Reporting

We take transparency & accountability seriously

We report publicly on a number of different parts of our business.

We report both voluntarily and in compliance with various pieces of legislation and regulation. The following policies and reports provide a snapshot of the work we do at Lion:

Lion is committed to acting with integrity and building a transparent and ethical supply chain. This extends to respecting and upholding business ethics, implementing sustainable practices, and upholding the human rights of our own employees, as well as other people impacted by our extended value chains.

Our Procurement Policy and Supplier Responsible Sourcing Code embrace the International Bill of Human Rights, the International Labour Organisation’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and enact within our value chains the UN Global Compact core values of human rights, labour standards, the environment as well as anti-corruption and its 10 principles.

Under our responsible sourcing code, Lion is requiring all suppliers to commit to a strict set of criteria to minimise the risk of modern slavery in our supply chains, including:

  • That employment is freely chosen;
  • That all employees have a legal right to work in their respective countries of employment;
  • That freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected;
  • That child labour is not used;
  • That working conditions are safe, healthy and hygienic;
  • That fair wages are paid and working hours are not excessive; and
  • That workers are treated fairly and with respect.

Lion will file a comprehensive statement under the Australian Modern Slavery Act for 2020, in its first round of reporting, outlining the action we are taking to help ensure that our supply chains are free from modern slavery.

Lion has already filed a modern slavery statement under UK legislation – click here to read our statement.

Tax Transparency

Lion supports the Australian Government’s Voluntary Tax Transparency Code (“the Code”) as a key platform to better inform public debate about tax policy and to increase transparency to the wider community. We strongly believe that sustainable financial results come from generating genuine societal value and offering transparency about the way we approach tax risk management.

In F18 Lion employed more than 5,849 people across Australia and New Zealand and contributed a total of $4.9 billion to the economies of both countries (inclusive of $1.6 billion of taxes paid) and led to additional employment in local communities, particularly in the agricultural, tourism and hospitality sectors*.

Lion’s Taxes Paid Report provides an overview of our tax strategy, governance and policies, all of which align to Lion’s overall corporate governance and sustainability frameworks. We also include commentary regarding our total tax contribution and major international related party transactions. Details of Lion’s effective tax rate and a reconciliation of the accounting profit to income tax expense and to current year income tax payable is also included.

We see this report as an important step in providing transparency and accountability to our stakeholders, and an opportunity to maintain an open dialogue regarding our tax commitments.

Read the latest Taxes Paid Report here.

Read the Lion Little World Beverages UK Tax Strategy 2020 Report here.

*Based on Deloitte Access Economics Report data for Lion Pty Limited in 2018.

Environmental Monitoring

All of Lion’s sites conduct environmental monitoring to ensure we meet our commitment and obligations to protecting the environment.

In NSW specifically, the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act) requires under section 66(6) of the POEO Act that holders of environmental protection licences make their pollution monitoring data publicly available.

The intention of this requirement is to improve the general public’s access to information about the environmental performance of licensed facilities. This is in addition to other information that the EPA includes on its public register.

In NSW, our Tooheys Brewery site at Lidcombe has specific requirements set out in its environment protection licence to monitor ground water and boiler stack gases on the site.

To view the results, click on the following links:

Australian Packaging Covenant

The Australian Packaging Covenant is a voluntary initiative by Government and Industry to reduce the impacts of packaging on the Environment from the disposal of used packaging, conservation of resources through better design and production processes and facilitation of the re-use and recycling of used packaging materials.

Lion has been participating in the Covenant since 2001 and we have made significant improvements in our packaging over the past decade as a result.

Lion as a covenant signatory, submits a five-year action plan outlining in detail what they propose to do to reduce the impact of their packaging both within their organisations and externally in the market place. KPIs need to be established in line with those proposed in the Covenant. Lion reports on progress against this action plan annually in line with signatory status requirements.

More detail on the packaging covenant and Lion’s commitments to sustainable packaging can be found using the flowing links:

Lion’s five-year action plan

Annual Report 2016 

For more information visit Packaging Covenant

Sustainability Reports

For us at Lion, sustainability is about doing the right thing for the long term. For the long term is our vision for a better future.

Please see our Sustainability Reports as a snapshot focusing on Lion’s environmental achievements during the previous calendar years.


Lion Sustainability Report 2019

Lion Sustainability Report 2018

Lion Sustainability Report 2017

Lion Sustainability Report 2016

Lion Sustainability Report 2015

Lion Sustainability Report 2014

Lion Sustainability Report 2013

Lion Sustainability Report 2012

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