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Sustainability Initiatives

To Create Harmony with Nature Environment

Suntory Group business is supported by precious global resources such as water and agricultural products. It is our responsibility to engage in sustainable business practices through the promotion of environmental management in accordance with our mission — To Create Harmony with People and Nature — so that we may pass down a rich global environment to future generations. We have established our Environmental Vision toward 2050 and set Environmental Targets toward 2030 in 2018 based on corporate tagline "Mizu To Ikiru." Suntory Group commits to the promotion of environmental management based on two axes: preservation and regeneration of natural environment and reduction of environmental impact. That is the reason why the entire Group promotes environmental management.

  • Environmental
    Management
    Promotion
  • Preserving and
    Regenerating
    the Natural Environment
  • Reducing
    Environmental
    Impact
  • Environmental
    Communication

Sustainability Action Plan

Target achieved: Achieved 70% or more: Achieved less than 70%:

Prioritized items Mid-Term Targets Results in FY2019 FY2020 Action Plan Evaluation
Preserving and Regenerating the Natural Environment Global expansion of conservation activities to protect wild birds that are the symbol of biodiversity Surveys of birds focusing on birds of prey at Natural Water Sanctuaries are conducted at 16 locations, and maintenance is conducted in forests of focus giving consideration to their breeding and nesting environments. We will continue surveying birds focusing on birds of prey, which are the top of the ecological pyramid, at Natural Water Sanctuaries and promote comprehensive forest maintenance giving consideration to their breeding and nesting environments. Suntory Fund for Bird Preservation will continue to promote the support for wild bird conservation activities through aiding various organizations in and outside Japan.
Nest building and rearing of chicks by eagles and hawks at all the Natural Water Sanctuaries in Japan
  • Supported wild bird protection activities in Japan and overseas through grants from the Suntory Fund for Bird Preservation.
  • Expanded informational communication through updates to the Save the Birds website.
Expand the area of Natural Water Sanctuary so as to make it twice the size of the territory where Suntory withdraws water for its plants in Japan. (12,000ha) In addition to implementing various activities such as tree thinning and transport of trimmings, building roadways and walkways, installing protective fences around vegetation, planting and nurturing seedling of local trees based on the mid- to long-term vision, Natural Water Sanctuary Project has also been used to provide forestry engineer training and help restore mountain forests damaged from typhoons. There are more and more case examples of Ikurinzai - Timber from cultivated forests*1 inside and outside of the company, and we will continue to establish a system for strengthening and intensifying its utilization in the future. Our expansion of Natural Water Sanctuary contract areas achieved our midterm goals―targets toward 2020―a year early. Through these Natural Water Sanctuaries, we aim to create forests with a higher level of water cultivation and rich biodiversity.
In addition to continuing to implement activities such as tree thinning and transport of trimmings, building roadways and walkways, installing protective fences around vegetation, planting and nurturing seedling of local trees, the Natural Water Sanctuary Project specifically strives to develop forests that are able to endure mountain disasters. We will further promote the use of Ikurinzai - Timber from cultivated forests*1 in the future.
Sharing our values and raising awareness on the importance of water Expanded content of Suntory Mizuiku activities and enhanced awareness raising and dissemination of value of water and importance of nature that nurture water Expand content of Suntory Mizuiku activities, which have been implemented for 17 years, and enhance awareness raising and dissemination of value of water and importance of nature that nurtures water.
  • Outdoor School of Forest and Water held a total of 58 times and 1,845 people participated
  • Teaching about Water at Schools held at total of 207 schools and 16,555 people participated
  • 57 times and 1,930 people expected to participate in the Outdoor School of Forest and Water
  • 210 schools and 16,700 people expected to participate in the Teaching about Water at Schools
  • 6,200 people participated in the Mizuiku - Natural Water Education Program in elementary schools in Vietnam
  • 3,900 people participated in the Mizuiku - Natural Water Education Program in elementary schools in Indonesia
  • 500 people participated in the Mizuiku - Natural Water Education Program in elementary schools in Thailand
  • Expand Mizuiku - Natural Water Education Program in elementary schools to Dong Nai
  • Expand Mizuiku - Natural Water Education Program in elementary schools to Jakarta
  • 2,750 people expected to participate in the Mizuiku - Natural Water Education Program in elementary schools in Thailand
Reducing Environmental Impact Reduce water per unit production at Suntory Group*2 plants by 15%*3 Further reduce water usage at Group plants (reduction of water use intensity by 14.2% compared to 2015) Reduce the use of water for washing and cooling manufacturing equipment and containers
Reduce CO2 emission in the entire value chain of Suntory Group*2 by 20%*4 Further reduce CO2 emissions throughout the entire value chain Reduce the weight of containers, use of renewable resources and energy conservation at plants, proactively introduce vending machines that consume the least amount of electricity in Japan, etc.
  • *1
    Suntory coined wood materials generated during maintenance for nurturing healthy forests as Ikurinzai - timber
  • *2
    Group companies that collectively account for more than 95% of the Suntory Group's sales in 2015 (including overseas companies)
  • *3
    Reduction per unit production based on the business fields in 2015
  • *4
    Total reduction based on the business fields in 2015