We are promoting environmental distribution that is safe and considers the environment in cooperation with distribution affiliates.
Cooperating with Distribution Affiliates
As of the end of 2021, the Safety Committee, which grew out of our connection to our distribution affiliates, to which we outsource the distribution of our products had 317 members from 76 companies. The Committee promotes initiatives in such areas as safety assurance, environmental concerns, and risk management.
Enhancing Safety at Partner Companies
The Safety Committee has published Five Principles for Distribution Safety. We ensure that all employees at each company are aware of these principles. Additionally, the committee’s administrative bureau* visits the sites of each company and inspects the state of their safety measures.
Five Principles for Distribution Safety
Principle 1:Compliance with legal speed limits and defensive driving
2.Proper packaging of transported goods and prohibition of careless driving (sudden stopping, sudden acceleration)
3.Idling stop and use of tire stoppers
4.Wearing helmets and safety shoes, implementation of 5S (Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, Sustain)
5.Observing signing, pointing and calling checks and safety check
*The bureau is made up of managers and operators from the Distribution Service & Ordering Department of Suntory MONOZUKURI Expert Ltd., and the Safety Department of Suntory Logistics Ltd.
The Safety Committee's Joint Activities
Each year, we hold a Safety Promotion conference attended by representatives from 156 sites nationwide including storage facilities and transportation-related offices of distribution affiliates as well as the Suntory Group’s distribution centers. The conference is used to promote safety at each company by sharing information on outstanding initiatives, providing thorough safety education through study groups and contests, and by presenting awards to safe drivers and sites.
Promoting Safety Management
We are pursuing certifications under the Top Safety Site Program led by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). Our goal in doing this is to maintain a minimum standard in the safety management organizations of our distribution affiliates at all times and continually improve these systems.
Of the 963 logistics partner companies in the Suntory Group, 507 of them had already obtained certification as of the end of 2021, and 197 are scheduled to obtain certification in 2022, bringing the acquisition rate to 73%. In 2008, we expanded the scope of certification from direct contractors to include secondary affiliates, and we strive to enhance safety management in dispatching and transport.
Preparing for Disasters and Emergencies
We have created a project with our distribution affiliates in order to respond to disasters and emergencies. The project includes drills for effectively utilizing the "171" emergency hotline and the mobile-phone-based "Disaster Message Board." We have created an action plan for an earthquake with an epicenter directly below the Tokyo and Kinki metropolitan areas. This plan includes arranging for emergency shipments of mineral water Suntory Tennensui to affected areas from sites other than the ones that would normally serve them and designating alternative shipping sites when regular shipping sites are damaged. These are some of the common measures we share with our distribution affiliates.