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Initiatives toward a zero carbon society

Disclosures Based on Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Recommendations

In order to sustain business and continue to create value, the Suntory Group thinks it is necessary to identify risks due to climate change as well as their potential impact on business and respond appropriately.

In May 2019, the Suntory Group has declared its support for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB).
In July 2019, Suntory also established seven important sustainability themes for the group and the reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions is one of the key theme.

In 2022, risks and opportunities related to climate change that effect the society and corporations were assessed and identified to calculate the monetary impact on business. We aim to improve resilience by incorporating specific measures for actualized risks and opportunities in the strategy. We will continue to expand disclosure of related information.

1. Governance

In April 2015, we established The Global Risk Management Committee (GRMC) to strengthen risk management throughout the entire Group. We have established a risk management committee and risk management team based on this GRMC (e.g. installation of a Risk Management Committee at Suntory Beverage & Foods Ltd. (SBF), the Global Risk & Compliance Committee at Beam Suntory (BSI), and the Risk Management Team at Suntory Spirits Ltd.). Meeting four times a year, the GRMC identifies the entire Group’s risks, executes countermeasures, and engages in activities related to the establishment of crisis management systems. Climate related risks, one of the most important risk categories, are discussed by the GRMC and the responses to those risks are then monitored.
The Global Sustainability Committee (GSC) discusses medium- to long-term strategies relating to the seven themes defined by the Sustainability Vision, and also discusses initiatives relating to climate change. In addition, we have established committees at each business in order to hold discussions about more specific strategies and initiatives (e.g., the Sustainability Committee was established at Suntory Beverage & Foods Ltd. and the Corporate Responsibility Committee was established at Beam Suntory).
The GRMC and GSC are in constant cooperation, and important matters to be discussed are further deliberated and resolved by the Board of Directors. Progress in implementing strategies related to climate change, and business risks and growth opportunities are reported to the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis. In addition, the Board of Directors provides opportunities to receive advice on climate change and sustainability management, such as by regularly holding study sessions led by invited external experts.
Climate related KPIs are set in the management strategy meeting. CEO is responsible for climate related issues and CSO is responsible for assessment of climate related risks and opportunities as well as their management Sustainability is included as target used for business performance which determine officer remunerations

Organizational Chart

2. Strategy

Suntory Group assesses climate change related issue based on their importance. For risks that are expected to have a large impact on business, we have set medium- to long-term targets and are proceeding with initiatives. As the approach to identifying risks and their assessment, we create a heat map of the identified risks based on the two axes of "Risk Exposure" and "Degree of Response", evaluate their importance, especially for group-wide material risks, on a three-point scale, and identify the risks to be prioritized. "Risk Exposure" is calculated by probability of occurrence (probability) x magnitude of impact (impact), and "Degree of Response" is calculated by the degree of preparation for countermeasures. As a result of the evaluation, climate-related risks are positioned as one of the most important risk types.

With consumers, investors, and other stakeholders increasing interest in GHG emissions by corporations, we recognize that risks and opportunities related to climate change may greatly affect our business strategy. We conduct scenario analysis to understand and take measures against risk and opportunities related to climate change that may impact business and consider them during financial planning.

Risks and Opportunities (Identify risks and opportunities, estimate the amount of monetary impact)

To identify important financial risks and opportunities for an organization, impact and frequency of each item in the span of short (0 to 3 years), medium (3 to 10 years), and long (10 to 30 years) term were considered. Result of the internal assessment is organized and shown below. Of the identified risks and opportunities, we recognized that increase in costs due to introduction of carbon tax, opportunity loss due to insufficient supply of water at production sites, and increase in raw material costs due to decrease in yield of agricultural products are the three items that may have a significantly impact and estimated the amount of their monetary impact on business. For the basis of analyzing risks and opportunities, we used RCP 8.5 as global warming scenario and IEA NZE 2050 and other scenarios as decarbonization scenario.

1. Identify major risks and opportunities 2. Assess the impact of each risks and opportunities on business
(For most important risk, estimate the amount of monetary impact)
3. Determine/conduct response measures
Types of Risks and Opportunities Estimated impact on business Measures to reduce risks/seize opportunities
Increase in production costs due to introduction of carbon pricing
  • Increase in financial burden due to introduction of carbon tax and its tax rate increase
  • Estimated impact on business: JPY 17.0 billion in 2030 and JPY 33.5 billion in 2050(Note 1)
  • Introduction of internal carbon pricing and use it for decision making related to investment
  • Plan to invest an approximately JPY 100 billion (shift to renewable energy, utilization of heat pumps, etc.) by 2030 to promote decarbonization.
  • If the targets set in "Environmental Targets toward 2030" and "Environmental Vision toward 2050" are met, effects of reduction will be JPY 8.5 billion in 2030 and JPY 33.5 billion in 2050.
al risks
Impact of insufficient supply of water on operation of production sites
  • Opportunity loss due to suspension of plant operations caused by insufficient supply of water, Group's most important raw material
  • Estimated impact on business: JPY 26.5 billion(Note 2)
  • Assess risks related to water availability of all watersheds where our plants are located in
    (For details, refer to "Water Risk Assessment")
  • Consider reducing total amount of water used in plants and returning more than the amount of water used at the plants through water resource cultivation activities
Increase in procurement costs due to decline in yield of agricultural products
  • Assess the impact of estimated future yield considering climate change and other factors by origin of raw materials and formulate strategy for stable procurement
  • Start trial of sustainable farming (For details, refer to "Activities for stable procurement of raw materials")
Flood, etc. caused by large typhoon or heavy rain
  • Suspension of operations due to flooding, disruption of value chain, and other damages from a flood
  • Build a system or assessing risk of all productions sites at the Global Risk Management Committee
Impact on health due to rising temperatures
  • Rising average temperatures and heat waves will increase the need for anti-heat stroke beverages and water beverages
  • Invested in capital to increase production capability and stable supply system
  • Products development that meet consumer needs
Change in consumer behavior due to increased environmental awareness
  • Enhancement of brand value through public recognition of the company’s commitment to the conservation of water resources
  • Continue and strengthen water cultivation activities based on scientific data, water-saving and water quality management activities at plants, and "Mizuiku" - Natural Water Education Program as well as sharing information with the public
Cost reduction due to introduction of new technology
  • Reduction in use of petroleum resources and CO2 emissions due to development of new technology
  • Cost reduction in taxes related to one way plastics
  • Development of new technology for more efficient PET preform manufacturing process (F-to-P direct recycling technology, etc.)
  • Development of efficient used plastic recycling technology (R Plus Japan Ltd.)
  • Note 1:
    Estimated using our Scope 1 and 2 emissions in 2019 and carbon tax price independently estimated based on forecast figures of the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s “Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector (NZE).”
    ● 2030: Japan, Europe, and Americas. US$130/ton, APAC US$90/ton.
    ● 2050: Japan, Europe, and Americas. US$250/ton, APAC US$200/ton.
  • Note 2:
    Estimated impact on profit if all plants located in areas with high level of water stress have restriction on water withdrawal. Aqueduct Country Ranking developed by World Resources Institute and Water Risk Filter developed by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) are used for assessing water stress level of areas where our plants are located in.
    (Exchange rate as US$1 = JPY139)

We aim to resilient by considering both scenarios and taking strategic approach toward the above actualized risks and opportunities We have been focusing on identifying water supply risks, proper management of water, water resource cultivation activities, and other water sustainability activities but are considering risks related to raw material procurement and other aspects. In addition, in order to reduce GHG emissions throughout the value chain, from raw material procurement to manufacturing, distribution, sales, and recycling, we set challenges for each department and take action. For opportunities, we are expanding product portfolio of beverages with ingredients which are recommended by the Ministry of Environment of Japan as products addressing climate change. We believe that continuing and enhancing water resource cultivation activities, "Mizuiku" - Natural Water Education Program and other activities related to water as well as sharing information about Suntory Group’s approach to water to the public will raise are brand value and lead to increased sales. In terms of resource efficiency, we are actively promoting recycle of plastic bottles.

Water Risk Assessment

Water is the most important ingredient of our products, as well as a precious shared resource, it is imperative for the Suntory Group to understand the impact that water risk has on our business, local communities, and the ecosystem based on water risk assessment for sustained business growth.
Based on this, the Suntory Group conducted a risk assessment of water sustainability at its own plants*.

  • *
    Owned plants that manufactures finished products and excludes plants for packaging and ingredients: 23 plants in Japan, 56 plants overseas

More details about the water supply risk assessment

Stable Procurement of Raw Materials

With regard to agricultural products and other raw ingredients, it is predicted that extreme weather, such as drought and flooding, occurring due to the rise in the Earth's average temperature due to climate change will have a major impact on their production activities, including fluctuations in yield and the need to move production to other areas which offer suitable cultivation. As corporate activities become more and more globalized, need to appropriately manage human rights of people who work in the supply chain and other social issues increase.
To offer our consumers high-quality products and services, we believe it is crucial to promote sustainability throughout our entire supply chain. This means we need to give due consideration to environment and society, as well as to safety and reliability. Based on this belief, we established and promote long-term strategy for safe, reliable, and sustainable supply of raw materials.

More details about the stable procurement of raw materials

3. Risk Management

We define risk as current and future uncertainties that may affect the execution of business strategy and the achievement of business objectives. Through the Global Risk Management Committee (GRMC) and the risk management committees and risk management teams established at each group company, we identify and evaluate climate change and other important risks for the entire group and identify risks that should be prioritized for our company, consider countermeasures, and reviewing them on an annual basis.

Risk Management System

Approach to Managing Identified Risks

For the identified risks that should be prioritized, a person in charge and a monitoring organization will be appointed to implement the risk countermeasures. The response status is reported and discussed by the Global Risk Management Committee (GRMC), and the PDCA cycle of extraction, evaluation, countermeasures, and monitoring is carried out by selecting important risks for the next fiscal year based on the response results.

4. Indicators and Targets

Regarding climate change and water, which are expected to have a large impact on business, the Suntory Group has established "Environmental Targets toward 2030" as the medium-term targets with 2030 as the target year and "Environmental Vision toward 2050" as the long-term vision with 2050 as the target year, and are moving ahead with initiatives.

  • *1
    Suntory Group plants that manufactures finished products
  • *2
    Reduction per unit production based on the business fields in 2015
  • *3
    Coffee, barley, grapes
  • *4
    Suntory Group sites
  • *5
    Based on emissions in 2019


To achieve the 2030 target, we are globally promoting various water-related initiatives such as activities to conserve and restore the natural environment. We started the Natural Water Sanctuary Initiative to cultivate water resources in forests in 2003. Now we have 21 Suntory Natural Water Sanctuaries in 15 prefectures which cover a total area of approximately 12,000 ha and supply more than twice the amount of water used by our plants in Japan. In 2021, we signed a partnership agreement with the Alliance for Water Stewardship, an internationally prestigious organization that promotes water conservation and stewardship (responsible management of water resources) globally, to take a leadership role in promoting water stewardship in Japan.
As part of our GHG reduction efforts, we will switch purchased electricity to be 100% renewable in all our 63 manufacturing sites and R&D facilities in Japan, the Americas and Europe by 2022. In addition, we introduced internal carbon pricing to from 2021 and plan to invest a total of approximately 100 billion yen by 2030 to promote decarbonization. The company estimates that these actions together will amount to a reduction of approximately 1 million tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its direct operations compared to a business-as-usual projection for 2030. For GHG related measures, we are reducing Scope 3 emissions through strengthening recycling of plastic bottles as well as starting project on regenerative agriculture. We have also approached raw material suppliers to kick start collaborations.