Heineken in Africa: Brewing a Better Africa?
Olivier van Beemen, Investigative Journalist
March 30, 2022 · 4:30 pm—6:00 pm · 144 Louis A. Simpson Building
Program in African Studies; Princeton in Africa; PIIRS
Multinational corporations are generally considered motors for development in Africa and the Dutch beer giant Heineken is often cited as one of the best examples. Heineken claims Corporate Social Responsibility is at the core of its operations and uses slogans like “Growing Together in Africa” and “Brewing a Better World”. But is this true? Investigative journalist Olivier van Beemen has spent years seeking the answer and didn’t only discover structural corporate misbehavior, but also some shocking skeletons in Heineken’s African closet, ranging from tax avoidance and high-level corruption to sexual abuse of young women, collaboration with dictators and links to genocide and other crimes against humanity.