Mahou, first food and drink company awarded Healthy Company certificate

  • The certification, granted by AENOR, demonstrates that the company promotes and protects the health, well-being and safety of its workforce

  • The Healthy Company model introduced by the brewer, the first of its kind in the country, is based on WHO employment sustainability principles

  • The benefits include reduced accident and illness rates and greater staff motivation


Madrid, 29 July 2013. Mahou Cervezas has taken a further step in its commitment to health and risk prevention at work by being awarded the Healthy Company certificate granted by AENOR (the Spanish Standardisation and Certification Association). This makes the company, which is 100% Spanish-owned and is the country's leading brewer, the first in the food and drink sector to achieve such recognition, demonstrating that it promotes and protects the health, well-being and safety of its workforce and the sustainability of the working environment through the introduction of a Management System in accordance with the Healthy Company Model.

"Being the first firm certified as a healthy company represents for us very important recognition of all the projects we have been undertaking for years now. It also represents a challenge to continue innovating and developing new initiatives to set the standard for other companies aiming for certification," indicates Ana Avila, Mahou San Miguel Occupational Risk Prevention Director.

For his part Agustín Sánchez, AENOR's Health and Safety at Work Director, pointed out that “The purpose of the model is not certification itself. It is a tool allowing organisations to systematise their key aspects, improve their working environment and the quality of life of their employees".

Healthy Company Model

The Healthy Company Model introduced by Mahou Cervezas and generated by AENOR in partnership with the European Institute of Health and Social Welfare and the FREMAP Risk Prevention Company, is based on the criteria and recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO), resulting in substantial benefits for companies and their staff. These include reduced accident and illness rates, in particular chronic conditions, greater staff motivation and lower absenteeism. It also enhances the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of companies by reducing their healthcare costs.

Mahou San Miguel "Your Good Health" Programme

The award of this certification represents an enormous boost for Mahou San Miguel in its health and safety at work management processes. The company aims to be a flagship within the sector in this field, working daily to achieve constant enhancements in working conditions at its facilities by incentivising a risk prevention culture.

Mahou San Miguel is making major investments in its installations and staff training, keeping its levels well below average accident rates for the sector. It has also for a decade now had in place a Physical Well-being and Health programme for all company staff, which has received such prestigious accolades as the 1st International Responsible Human Resources Award handed out by the Sustainability Excellence Club and the Adecco Foundation, and the Naos Strategy Award issued by the Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Equality.

"The present and future of the company are in the hands of its people, and this project helps us enhance their motivation and commitment," claims Jesús Domingo, Mahou San Miguel Human Resources Director.