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Environmental Activities

Working toward a Sustainable Society "Resonating with People and Nature"

Preservation of our irreplaceable global environment is the most important issue facing the human race. Because most Suntory products comprise gifts of Nature, we have long pursued environmental activities guided by our corporate philosophy, "Resonating with People and Nature".

Environmental Preservation at Suntory

Natural Water Sanctuary Aso covering a vast expanse on the southern part of the somma of Mt. Aso in Kyushu

In 1997, we formulated the "Basic Principles of Suntory's Environmental Policy" (revised 2001), which elucidates the concept underlying all business activities related to the environment. This policy provides the basis for unified Group-wide environmental activities.

Environmental Management Promotion
Suntory's newest eco-friendly plant, Suntory Beverage Products Limited's Kanagawa Ayase Plant

Suntory is pursuing ecological efforts in accordance with ISO14001 standards, to which our Headquarters, main production facilities and research institutes have earned certification. We are engaged in activities targeting such objectives as resource and energy savings and new energy application at our production facilities and pursuing concerted efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. We are striving to maintain the 100 percent recycling rate for by-products and waste we achieved in 2000 at all our production facilities, moreover, as well as implementing processes to achieve effective management of water resources, including water recirculation and recovery and use of rainwater.

Water Source Protection and Nature Preservation
Employees conducting a forest preservation activity in the Natural Water Sanctuary Okudaisen

In 2003, we initiated a water source protection and forest preservation program entitled "Natural Water Sanctuary Project". We are pursuing activities centered on the forests that serve as the sources of water for our plants in cooperation with the national and regional administrations, as exemplified by our participation in the Forestry Agency's "Corporate Forest" system. We currently conduct these activities in nine locations in eight prefectures nationwide, including Gunma, Yamanashi and Tottori prefectures. We also initiated the "Save the Birds! Campaign" in 1973 and established the Suntory Fund for Birds Conservation in 1990 to encourage and support various organizations that engage in wild bird preservation activities.

Environmentally Friendly Containers and Packaging
"Save the Birds! Campaign" information leaflets

From the stages of product development and packaging design onward, we plan and develop eco-friendly products from a "3R" (reduce, reuse and recycle) perspective.

Pursuit of Container Recycling
A Suntory plant employee uniform made of a material woven of fiber generated from recycled PET bottles

We are establishing an efficient and effective recycling system for used beverage containers and striving to make positive use of recycled materials. Activities in this area include reducing the weight of containers, employing "eco-bottles" and other containers that exert a lower environmental impact, adopting uniforms made from recycled PET bottles and employing glass cullet in paving tiles at our facilities.

Next-Generation Environmental Education
Learning nature lore at the Suntory Water Education Program "Outdoor School of Forest and Water"

Suntory Water Education Program "Outdoor School of Forest and Water" is a work-study program with forests and water as its theme established in 2004 to teach children to relate more closely to nature. Water Education, initiated in 2006, is an experience-based study support program with "water" as its theme involving such activities as visits to elementary school classes to educate children about various aspects of water.

"flower wall" greening system
Entry into the Environmental Greening Business

Suntory established the new Landscape Technology Department in March 2008 and initiated full-scale operation of the "midorie" environmental greening business. We are broadening the range of rooftop and wall surface greening for buildings and facilities to combat the heat island phenomena in urban areas and enhance indoor adiabatic effectiveness by producing "green roof" and "flower wall" greening systems based on Puffcal, an originally developed sponge-like soil substitute. We are also proposing "creation of comfortable spaces with green".