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We promote occupational health and safety based on the belief that a workplace where employees can work with peace of mind is connected to the vibrancy of the company.

Commitment to Workplace Safety

Safety is one of our criteria for evaluating worksite performance at our plants. Our Health and Safety Committee, which includes employee representatives, plays a central role in the promotion of activities that, based on the discussions with employees, are customized to match the characteristics and circumstances of each worksite. There were 13 occupational accidents in 2017, which is a rate*1 of 0.08 (benchmark rate in soft drink and alcohol manufacturing: 1.14) while the severity rate*2 was 0.000 (benchmark rate in soft drink and alcohol manufacturing: 0.01). We promptly share information and continually improve the level of our efforts by regularly offering venues for the labor union and the Senior General Manager in charge of occupational health and safety to exchange occupational health and safety information. We will continue working to increase employee awareness and to improve their safety during working hours and commuting with the goal of zero occupational health and safety accidents.

  • *1
    Frequency rate: (number of deaths and injuries) ÷ (total number of work hours) × 1,000,000
  • *2
    Severity rate: (number of days employees cannot work) ÷ (total number of work hours) × 1,000

Number of workplace accidents

(accidents)

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of lost work time accidents (including paid leave and substitute leave) 3 3 2 3 4 0 6 1
Number of accidents not accompanied by lost work time 14 10 8 12 13 8 18 12
Number of accidents resulting in death       0 0 0 0 0
Total 17 13 10 15 17 8 24 13
Lost time injury frequency rate 0.31 0.30 0.20 0.17 0.34 0.00 0.47 0.08kL
Lost time injury severity rate 0.002 0.005 0.009 0.002 0.004 0.000 0.003 0.000
  • *
    Figures through 2012 are only for Suntory Holdings Ltd. The figures from fiscal 2014 onwards include data on workplace accidents for the following Suntory Group companies in Japan: Suntory Holdings Ltd., Suntory Beverage & Food Group companies ... and Suntory Global Innovation Center Ltd.
  • *
    One lost work time accident occurred in a plant in 2017. We investigated the accident and found that the cause of the accident was injury during operation. We addressed the accident by examination of all equipment, confirmation of safety, and distribution of the accident report to employees who handle similar operations, to prevent reoccurrences of similar accidents.
  • *
    Results have received independent assurance from KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd. since 2016. The assured value is indicated with kL.

Independent assurance report

Achieving Zero Workplace Accidents in Manufacturing

We are working in activities to reach zero workplace accidents as our highest priority based on the belief of prioritizing the health and safety of all people in accordance with the Suntory Group Basic Policy on Safety in Production and Research formulated in February 2010 at the production and research divisions of the Suntory Group. Suntory engages in risk assessment for occupational health and safety by sufficiently reviewing business plans and operational procedures to prevent occupational accidents before they happen in existing and new businesses. We are deepening our activities as a unified Group toward zero workplace accidents while linking all of our partner companies by ceaselessly advancing low-key efforts that improve the safety awareness of each and every person on the ground as well as continue operational-oriented risk reduction efforts in the future.

Building of a Crisis Management System Overseas

The Suntory Group has formulated a crisis management manual to secure the safety of employees dispatched overseas and their families in preparation for state of emergency overseas. We have created a pocket manual for the employees dispatched overseas to carry on their person while establishing reporting routes and countermeasure systems.

Occupational Health and Safety Education

The Suntory Group strives to raise awareness and prevent occupational accidents before they happen by holding regular occupational health and safety education courses. A total of 242 people took part in these education courses in 2015, with a total of 302 people in 2016, and a total of 610 in 2017.

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