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Assessing Water Risk

The Suntory Group commits to water sustainability as a priority initiatives in the Basic Principles of Suntory Group's Environmental Policy. Suntory conducts various water assessments at the Institute for Water Science. To carry out business in a sustainable way, we conduct water risk assessment and promote environmental management. We also conduct water risk assessment when entering new businesses.

WRI Aqueduct Water Risk Assessment by Suntory Group's Plants

For the risk assessment, we used the Baseline Water Stress country score, developed as part of World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, as an index that can evaluate sites around the world in common at the global level, to identify countries with high water stress from the countries where our plants are located.
(*Covered 26 production plants in Japan and 64 production plants overseas owned by companies that collectively account for more than 90% of the Suntory Group's sales.)

Baseline Water Stress  
Extremely high India
High Mexico and Spain
Medium-high France, Thailand, Indonesia, and Australia
Low-medium Japan, America, England, the Philippines, and Nigeria
Low Canada, Ireland, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and New Zealand

Created based on the Baseline Water Stress score for each country adopted in the Aqueduct Risk Atlas by the World Resources Institute.
https://www.wri.org/applications/aqueduct/country-rankings/
Hofste, R., S. Kuzma, S. Walker, E.H. Sutanudjaja, et. al. 2019. "Aqueduct 3.0: Updated Decision-Relevant Global Water Risk Indicators." Technical Note. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute. Available online at: https://www.wri.org/publication/aqueduct-30.

In addition to Baseline Water Stress, we have adopted 2040 Water Stress, which evaluates water stress in 2040 based on future scenarios such as climate change. Plants with either Baseline Water Stress or 2040 Water Stress scores of "Extremely High" or "High" are defined as plants with high water risk in the Suntory Group. The percentage of water withdrawals at plants with high water risk is 19% of all of our plants.
The Suntory Group conducted local surveys and assessments that focused on plants with high water risk. We have also consistently conducted water assessment surveys of our major suppliers since 2016.