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 8 occupational accidents in 2021. Lost time injury/illness frequency rate*1 was 0.07 (benchmark rate in soft drink and alcohol manufacturing: 1.08*3) while Lost time injury/illness severity rate*2 was 0.000 (benchmark rate in soft drink and alcohol manufacturing: 0.01*3). 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.
*1Frequency rate: (number of deaths and injuries due to occupational accidents) ÷ (total number of work hours) × 1,000,000
*2Severity rate: (number of days employees cannot work) ÷ (total number of work hours) × 1,000
*3Survey on Industrial Accidents by Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
Number of workplace accidents
|Number of occupational accidents (including paid leave and substitute leave)||3||2||3||4||0||6||1||3||0||3||1|
|Number of occupational accidents not accompanied by lost work time||10||8||12||13||8||18||12||21||14||13||7|
|Number of accidents resulting fatality||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Lost time injury/illness frequency rate||0.30||0.20||0.17||0.34||0.00||0.47||0.08||0.23||0.00||0.20||0.07★|
|Lost time injury/illness severity rate||0.005||0.009||0.002||0.004||0.000||0.003||0.000||0.001||0.000||0.010||0.000|
*Figures through 2012 are only for Suntory Holdings Ltd. and Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd. The figures from 2014 onward include data on workplace accidents involving full-time employees, special contract employees, and part-time employees for the following Suntory Group companies in Japan: Suntory Holdings Ltd., Suntory Beverage & Food Group companies (Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd., Suntory Foods Ltd., Suntory Beverage Solution Ltd., Suntory Products Ltd.), Suntory Spirits Ltd., Suntory Wellness Ltd., Suntory MONOZUKURI Expert Ltd., Suntory Business Systems Ltd., Suntory Communications Ltd., and Suntory Global Innovation Center Ltd. Since 2020, Suntory System Technology Limited has been added.
*Results have received independent assurance from KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd. The assured value is indicated with ★.
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, a total of 610 in 2017, a total of 722 in 2018, a total of 731 in 2019, a total of 717 in 2021.