The natural environment is an important foundation of our business. That is the reason why the entire Group promotes environmental management. Suntory Group actively engages in activities to pass down a sustainable society to the next generation.
Basic Policy on Group's Environmental Activity
We believe that while providing the bounties of water to the customers, protecting beautiful and clean water, using them appropriately and returning water to the nature is a great responsibility that we as a company that coexists with water.
The circular system consisting from plants and forests that are nurtured by water, rivers, oceans, atmosphere, and the ecosystem made by living things are the basis of all life. Suntory Group realizes that environment of earth itself is our important basis of business.
We will continue striving to build a rich and sustainable society through spreading this policy to the entire Group and preserving and regenerating the natural environment and reducing environmental impact.
Indicating Prioritized Initiatives in the Basic Principles of Suntory Group’s Environmental Policy
Suntory Group sets principles that clearly indicate our prioritized initiatives such as water sustainability, preserving biodiversity, efficient use of resources and challenging for a low-carbon company. With a more global perspective, we have revised the principles for the first time in five years in 2015.
Basic Principles of Suntory Group's Environmental Policy (Established 1997, Revised 2015)
The Suntory Group positions environmental management as the foundation of its business activities, and is committed to passing down a sustainable and vibrant society to future generations from the perspective of our entire value chain.
1. Achieving water sustainability
We treat water, the most important resource for our business, carefully and contribute to the healthy circulation of water in the natural environment.
2. Taking initiative in conserving biodiversity
As a company that relies on the riches of water and agricultural produce, we strive to conserve biodiversity, the source of their blessings, for the future.
3. Promoting the 3Rs in innovative ways for an effective usage of resources.
We aim to help bring about a recycling-oriented society, we promote the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) of raw materials and energy resources by continuously refining our technologies.
4. Mobilizing group-wide efforts to become a low-carbon company
We strive to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases throughout all of our workplaces in order to prevent climate change.
5. Communication with the Society
We strive to pass down vibrant global environment for the next generation by active disclosure of information and engagement in activities through interaction with the society.
Formulation of the Suntory Environmental Vision toward 2050 and setting Environmental Targets toward 2030
In 2014, the Suntory Group established the Environmental Vision Toward 2050 and revised targets toward 2018 to provide clear direction to its environmental management. In addition, we established Environmental Targets toward 2030.
Suntory Environmental Vision toward 2050
The Suntory Group has formulated the vision below toward 2050 for the purpose of passing down a sustainable global environment to the next generation around the pillars of water sustainability and climate change measures as a company in harmony with nature.
1. Water Sustainability
-Reduce water consumption at our plants worldwide*
-Preserve water resources and the ecosystem to cultivate more water than is used by our plants worldwide
-Realize sustainable water use at primary raw material farms
-Share the Sustainable Water Philosophy broadly in communities where we are expanding our primary businesses
2. Climate Change Measures
-Contribute to realizing a decarbonized society to prevent global warming
*Reduction per unit production based on the business fields in 2015
Environmental Targets toward 2030
We have set the following Environmental Targets toward 2030 to achieve the Environmental Vision toward 2050.
-Reduce water use at our plants 15% globally by using the latest water conservation technologies*1
-Conduct water resource cultivation activities in areas with high water stress at more than half of our plants
-Pursue sustainable water use in cooperation with suppliers for main raw materials with a high water load
-Expand water enlightenment programs and initiatives to provide safe water to more than 1 million people
-Reduce CO2 emissions 25% at our bases globally through efforts such as the adoption of that latest energy-saving technologies and the use of renewable energy*2
-Reduce CO2 emissions 20% in the value chain outside our bases*2
*1Reduction per unit production based on the business fields in 2015
*2Total reduction based on the business fields in 2015
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals (Environmental Targets toward 2030) Certified by SBT Initiative
The Science Based Targets (SBT) international initiative* has certified the CO2 and other greenhouse gas reduction goals for 2030 of the Suntory Group as fulfilling science-based standards to achieve the 2℃ target in the Paris Accord.
*Science Based Targets (SBT) Initiative:
Science Based Targets is an initiative established by the CDP, United National Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2015. This initiatives encourages companies to work toward science-based greenhouse gas reduction targets (SBT) to limit the rising temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels
Declaration of Approval of Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Recommendations
The Suntory Group has declared its approval of Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD※1) recommendations. The TCFD was established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB).
In addition, we conducted scenario analysis for climate change according to the recommendations of the TCFD and learned about the possibility that climate change will have a significant impact on the crops that are ingredients important to the Suntory Group. From here on, we will further advance scenario analysis and expand disclosure of information related to the risks and opportunities that climate change poses to business.
*1The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures