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Heineken in Africa

A Multinational Unleashed

Olivier van Beemen



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C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
14 February 2019
For Heineken, `rising Africa' is already a reality: the profits it extracts there are almost 50 per cent above the global average, and beer costs more in some African countries than it does in Europe. Heineken claims its presence boosts economic development on the continent. But is this true? Investigative journalist Olivier van Beemen has spent years seeking the answer, and his conclusion is damning: Heineken has hardly benefited Africa at all. On the contrary, there are some shocking skeletons in its African closet: tax avoidance, sexual abuse, links to genocide and other human rights violations, high-level corruption, crushing competition from indigenous brewers, and collaboration with dictators and pitiless anti-government rebels. Heineken in Africa caused a political and media furore on publication in The Netherlands, and was debated in their Parliament. It is an unmissable expose of the havoc wreaked by a global giant seeking profit in the developing world.
Imprint:   C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm,  Width: 145mm, 
ISBN:   9781849049023
ISBN 10:   1849049025
Pages:   240
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Olivier van Beemen is a Dutch investigative journalist specialising in Africa. This is his first book.

Reviews for Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed

'[This] critical account of the brewer goes to the heart of doing business in challenging markets . . . [a] provocative book.' 'A complex tale of a company operating in a country defined by perpetual conflict and warlordism . . . this book it is an important window into how careless corporate behaviour can impede Africa's development.' 'The unauthorised story of a beer giant's African saga. ... Van Beemen precisely and rigorously ticks off Heineken's excesses and tribulations in Africa. ... For a long time Heineken's management refused to meet the journalist, before changing their minds and giving him interviews almost two years after the book first appeared, which offer a valuable counterpoint and make this remarkable survey all the more balanced.' -- Le Monde `One of the most readable, nuanced and critical accounts of multinationals doing business in Africa . . .Van Beemen uses his unagitated and meticulously researched style to the fullest advantage . . . an excellent book.'

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