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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 2020, the Safety Committee, which grew out of our connection to our distribution affiliates, to which we outsource the distribution of our products had 270 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

  1. Principle 1:
    Compliance with legal speed limits and defensive driving
  2. 2.
    Proper packaging of transported goods and prohibition of careless driving (sudden stopping, sudden acceleration)
  3. 3.
    Idling stop and use of tire stoppers
  4. 4.
    Wearing helmets and safety shoes, implementation of 5S (Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, Sustain)
  5. 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.

Safety Committee poster

The Safety Committee's Joint Activities

Each year, we hold a Safety Promotion conference attended by representatives from 152 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.

  • Safety Promotion conference

  • Receiving an award at the Safety Promotion conference

  • Discussion at the Safety Promotion Conference

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.
Certifications have been obtained by 620 out of the 1300 dispatching and shipping sites operated by the Suntory Group's distribution affiliates (as of the end of 2020), for a certification rate of 48%. This greatly exceeds the average certification rate of 31.3% (according to a December 2020 Japan Trucking Association survey) for the trucking industry as a whole. 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.