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Environmental Management

Business Activities and Environmental Impact

We are engaging in activities to reduce environmental impact in the entire product life cycle.

Reducing Environmental Impact in the Entire Product Life Cycle

Suntory Group generates various by-products and waste from a wide range of business activities. We are committed to reducinge environmental impact by quantitatively understanding our impact on the environment throughout a product's life cycle - from planning to development to disposal and recycling.
In addition, following the expansion of business overseas, we assess the environmental impact of overseas production sites to determine the environmental impact on a global scale. Suntory actively communicates with the suppliers throughout the entire supply chain.

Product Life cycle

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.

ARI Aqueduct Water Risk Assessment by country (countries where Suntory Group plants are located)

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
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    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.

The Suntory Group has conducted water sustainability surveys of its plants since 2015.
In 2017, we carried out a risk assessment on the water sustainability of our overseas plants, and then conducted local surveys and assessments that focused on plants with high water stress. Plants with high water stress* made up 17% of all of our plants.
We have also consistently conducted water assessment surveys of our primary suppliers since 2016.

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    Plants located in a country with a Baseline Water Stress score of "extremely high" or "high" in the Aqueduct by the World Resources Institute.
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    Created based on the Baseline Water Stress score adopted in the Aqueduct by the World Resources Institute.
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    Covers 26 production plants in Japan and 61 production plants overseas owned by companies that collectively account for more than 90% of the Suntory Group's sales

Quantitative Evaluation Through Natural Capital

It is said that food and beverage companies that use agricultural goods as ingredients, use much more water in its agricultural supply chains than in own operations. The Suntory Group has calculate the water usage and GHG (greenhouse gases) emissions in its upstream supply chain.

Ratio of Water Use by Raw Material and by Region in the Upstream Supply Chain (2015)

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    The ratio is for raw materials used by production sites in Japan
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    The calculation is based on data from the Water Footprint Network (WFN)
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    Total of green water (rain water, etc.) and blue water (irrigation water, etc.)

Ratio of GHG Emissions by Procurement Item in the Upstream Supply Chain (2015)

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    The ratio is for procurement items used by production sites in Japan
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    The calculation is based on the Eora MRIO multi-region input-output table database

Overview of business activities and environmental impact (from January 1 to December 31 in 2019; manufacturing facilities in Japan, excluding outsourcing contractors)

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    BOD: Biochemical Oxygen Demand An indicator of water pollution
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    Emission factors for GHG calculation are as follows:
    Fuel: Factors specified by the Act on the Rational Use of Energy and the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures. CO2 from Electricity consumption: The adjusted emission factors for each electric company specified by the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures.
    GHG other than CO2: Factors specified by the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures.

Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd. was named as a CDP Climate Change and Water Security 2019 A List Company

In the CDP*1 Climate Change 2019 and Water Security 2019 environmental activity survey conducted for public companies worldwide by the CDP*1, Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd. received high praise.

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    International NPO that measures, publicizes, manages, and shares important environmental data of companies and cities.

Suntory Kyushu Kumamoto Plant Receives Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Certification

The Kyushu Kumamoto Plant has received certification by the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) with regard to its sustainable use of water in the basin around the plant. It is the second plant in Japan to obtain this certification after the Suntory Okudaisen Bunanomori Water Plant received the first certification in December 2018.
The Kyushu Kumamoto Plant is conducting forest protection activities under its Natural Water Sanctuary Aso project in the roughly 420ha of forests around the plant, which is the water resource cultivation area. We are also engaged in groundwater cultivation through "fuyumizutanbo*", which are inundated agricultural fields near the plant used in water resource cultivation, as an integral part of the Natural Water Sanctuary project. The AWS certification indicates approval of the Suntory Group's grasp of water intake and outgo in the basin around the plant, water resource cultivation based on scientific data, water conservation and water quality management at the plant, collaboration with other stakeholders in the basin, and suitable information release, in accordance with its Sustainable Water Philosophy.

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    Fuyumizutanbo is a traditional agricultural method which entails the spreading out of the water over rice paddies during the winter when they fallow, with the goal being the formation of fertile soil and the reduction of weeds. Efficient groundwater cultivation is expected as the result of water penetration into the ground. At the Suntory Group, we have been conducting fuyumizutanbo activities in cooperation with the government and region in the town of Mashiki in Kamimashiki District, Kumamoto since 2010, in an effort to bring about more broad-ranging functionality of groundwater cultivation.