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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, Nigeria

Created based on the Baseline Water Stress score for each country adopted in the Aqueduct by the World Resources Institute. Covers 25 production plants in Japan and 56 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 (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 2018; 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 Water Security 2018 A List Company

In the CDP*1 Water Security 2018 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.

Suntory Okudaisen Bunanomori Water Plant is the first in Japan to receive Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certificate

The Suntory Okudaisen Bunanomori Water Plant received the Alliance for Water Stewardship (hereinafter AWS)*1 certificate, which is related to sustainable water use in areas near plants. It is the first plant in Japan to receive the certificate.
The Okudaisen Bunanomori Water Plant aims to conserve forests that comprise an area that can recharge groundwater at an amount larger than the amount of water collected at the factory, and is expanding water resource cultivation activities to make Natural Water Sanctuary Okudaisen a 495ha water source. For the certification, the following were highly appraised: Our company's understanding of the water balance in the area surrounding the plant, in line with the Suntory Group's "Sustainable Water Philosophy," water resource cultivation based on scientific data, plant based water conservation and water quality management initiatives, our work with stakeholders in drainage areas, and appropriate information disclosure.

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    An organization for promoting water sustainability globally established by both NGOs, such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and companies.
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