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Environmental Management

Environmental Management Promotion System

With the awareness that coexistence with nature is one of the most important issues facing all of humankind, back in 1991 the Suntory Group established the Environmental Department and Environment Committee. In 2010, Suntory Holdings Ltd. created the Environmental Sustainability Strategy Department, whose purpose is to ensure that business and ecology are promoted by the entire Group. The Division seeks to reinforce environmental management at Group companies based on the Basic Principles of Suntory's Environmental Policy. The Global Communication Committee established in April 2016 set the construction of a global environmental management system as an important theme in addition to strengthening environmental management at Group companies in Japan. The Global Communication Committee established the Sustainability Strategy Department, which evolved from the Environmental Sustainability Strategy Department, in April 2017 while restructuring the Sustainability Promotion Department, which promotes sustainable management, in April 2018. The Global Sustainability Committee works at formulating strategic plans and on important issues to promote sustainable management and checks progress. We strive toward making it so that all our corporate activities, including the business activities of the Suntory Group, contribute to the improvement of the sustainability of the overall value chain.

Suntory Group's Environmental Management Promotion System

Promotion of ISO14001 Certification Acquisition Throughout the Group

We have actively advanced the acquisition of the international ISO14001 certification standard at each Group company as one method to continually evolve by integrating business and environmental activities. With the completion in acquiring the integrated certification and the start of operations at Group companies* in Japan, we are working to enhance management to abide by laws at sites with a low environmental burden and conduct even more efficient environmental management with these sites as targets from 2017. We are in the process of obtaining certifications at overseas Group companies with focus on our production sites. We are 70% complete in certifying overseas Group company production sites as of 2019.
We are enhancing the links between each department involved with the value change of businesses at each Suntory Group company to promote business activities from an environmental perspective in all stages from the procurement of ingredients to disposal.

  • *
    Group companies complying to the Japanese SOX Act

Initiatives at production sites

We have also successively advanced the acquisition of the ISO14001 certification since 1998 at production sites and have acquired the comprehensive certification as of today. We are deploying activity examples horizontally and taking both auditors and auditees to the next level by dispatching bilateral internal auditors while appointing auditors at each site as internal ISO14001 auditors. We are also progressing with the acquisition of certifications even at production plants of overseas Group companies.

Initiatives at Research and Development Sites

We have acquired the ISO14001 certification in 2007 even at research and development sites to accelerate environmentally-friendly initiatives from the research and development stage even further in order to strengthen environmental management throughout the entire value chain.

Initiatives at the Headquarters and Sales Offices

We have completed the acquisition of the ISO14001 certification at all headquarters and sales departments at Suntory Group companies in Japan. We are also building a PDCA system to reflect the Basic Principles of Suntory Group's Environmental Policy in the operational objectives of each department and periodically feedback the results of activities to top management.

Initiatives at Restaurant-related Group Companies

We are acquiring the ISO14001 integrated certification for the headquarters and all stores at restaurant-related Group companies who are increasing their number of establishments in Japan in an effort to save energy and water, reduce food loss, and enhance recycling.

ISO14001 screening

Introducing Environmental Accounting

We use and disclose the content of environmental accounting that conforms to the 2005 Environmental Accounting Guidelines of the Ministry of the Environment. Environment accounting serves as an important tool for periodic quantitative evaluations of our environmental conservation initiatives in our business activities.

Suntory Group's Environmental Accounting (total of business in Japan)

(Period: January 1 to December 31, 2019)

(million yen)

Item FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Environmental investment Environmental costs Environmental investment Environmental costs Environmental investment Environmental costs
Business area cost Pollution prevention cost
  • Preventing water pollution
  • Air pollution prevention cost, etc.
326 2,001 528 2,207 348 2,151
Global environmental preservation cost
  • CO2 reduction
  • Energy conservation
  • Cogeneration
  • Air treatment, etc.
266 3,444 198 3,020 668 3,090
Resource circulation cost
  • Conserving water through recirculation
  • Reducing sludge
  • Reusing waste
  • Wastewater treatment cost, etc.
67 2,612 287 2,720 331 3,246
Total 659 8,058 1,013 7,946 1,347 8,486
Upstream and downstream cost
  • Commission for resource recycling containers and packaging
  • Environmentally-friendly containers and packaging measures
0 1,133 0 1,290 0 1,238
Management activities costs
  • Building and maintaining Environmental Management System
  • Sustainability Reports, Exhibits
  • Factory greenification, etc.
0 670 0 900 0 927
Research and development costs
  • Research and development activities to reduce environmental impact
1 369 8 379 28 300
Social activities costs
  • Suntory Natural Water Sanctuary
  • Bird Conservation Activities
  • Suntory Mizuiku - Natural Water Education Program, etc.
90 569 77 504 79 530
Environmental damage response cost   0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 751 10,798 1,098 11,019 1,454 11,480
  • *
    Amount of investment: Reason for investment was 50% or more for preserving the environment, all amount is considered as environmental investment (inspection basis)
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    Amortization expense: Expenses for investment from 2003 and afterwards which 50% or more is intended for environmental preservation are calculated.
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    In general, all cost for management and research activities are directly confirmed. Costs that are difficult to confirm directly are prorated and allocated based on a past survey of each procedure.

Environmental Preservation Effect of Suntory Group (production sites in Japan)

(Period: January 1 to December 31, 2019)

Item Unit 2017 2018 2019 Reduction against previous fiscal year per unit production basis
In business area costs Pollution prevention Reduction of pollutant emissions SOx Total (t) 14.4 16.4 16.8 -0.7t/year
Per Unit (g/kL) 3.0 3.4 3.5
NOx Total (t) 134.5 147 152 -7.5t/year
Per Unit (g/kL) 28.5 30.1 31.6
Preserving global environment CO2 emission reduction CO2 (Fuel + Electricity) Derivation Total (thousand t) 369.7 355.9 350.5 8.7 thousand t/year
Per Unit (kg/kL) 77.3 73.0 71.2
Reduction of energy consumption Fuel Crude oil conversion (thousand kL) 104 102 103 -2,760kL/year
Per Unit (L/kL) 22.0 20.9 21.5
Electricity Total amount (million kWh) 332 335 341 -11,767 thousand kWh/year
Per Unit (kWh/kL) 70.2 68.5 70.9
Resource circulation Reduction of water resource use Water use Total amount (thousand m3) 22,361 22,161 21,310 443 thousand m3/year
Per Unit (m3/kL) 4.7 4.5 4.4
Reduction of waste emissions By-products and waste emissions Total (t) 258,459 257,951 251,454 1,744t/year
Per Unit (kg/kL) 52.8 52.7 52.3
Resource recycling rate (%) 100 100 100  
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    Electricity based CO2 emissions are the adjusted emission factors for each electric power company as specified by the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures.

Economic effect of Suntory Group (production sites in Japan)

(million yen)

Item FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Income from recycling (sales of byproducts)*1 380 355 359
Cost saved by conserving energy*2 510 429 -321
  • *1
    The calculation method is the same as the costs saved for waste disposal
    < Previous Year's Capital Gains × Ratio Compared to Previous Year's Production Volume - Current Year's Capital Gains >
  • *2
    The calculation method is the same as the costs saved for waste disposal
    < Yearly Costs Before Utility × Ratio Compared to Previous Year's Production Volume - Current Year's Costs >