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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 issue in the Basic Principles of Suntory'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.

Water Risk Assessment by Location of Suntory Group Plants

Baseline Water Stress  
Extremely high None
High Japan, Mexico, Spain, Indonesia, the Philippines, India, and Australia
Medium-high America, England, Ireland, and Malaysia
Low-medium Canada, France, Thailand, Vietnam, and New Zealand
Low Taiwan

This table is created based on the Baseline Water Stress score for each country adopted in the Aqueduct by the World Resources Institute. *Data covers 25 production plants in Japan and 53 production plants overseas owned by companies that collectively account for more than 90% of the Suntory Group's sales.

Gassert, F., P. Reig, T. Luo, and A. Maddocks. 2013. "Aqueduct country and river basin rankings: a weighted aggregation of spatially distinct hydrological indicators." Working paper. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute, November 2013. Available online at wri.org/publication/aqueduct-country-river-basin-rankings.

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 (2016)

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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 2017; 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: Coefficients specified in the GHG Emissions Accounting and Reporting Manual
    CO2 from electricity:
    Adjusted emission factor of each power company
    GHG other than CO2:
    Coefficients specified in the GHG Emissions Accounting and Reporting Manual

Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd. was named as a CDP Water 2017 A List Company

In the CDP Water 2017 environmental activity survey conducted for public companies worldwide by the CDP*1, Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd. received high praise for its water conservation activities including water replenishment and the reduction of water use at its plants. It was also selected for the Climate A-List.

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