Employee Volunteer Activities
The Suntory Group conducts a wide range of social contribution activities based on its spirit of giving back to society, but a relationship between society and every Group employee is also important.
We actively suggest that employees use time created through work style reform promoted throughout the entire Group to participate in employee volunteer activities to discover new value and serve as opportunities for individual growth.
In FY2019, some 7,000 Suntory Group employees worldwide and 1,300 employees in Japan took part in volunteer activities.
Providing Opportunities to Volunteer
We launched the internal company website site Suntory Volunteers. In addition to volunteer information, we post information that allows users to learn about actual volunteering experience through formats such as "Volunteer Activity Diary," "Experience Reports," and "Volunteer Roundtable" based on the catchphrase "Making use of one's own abilities outside of work is enriching."
Additionally, Suntory Volunteers has partnered with Volunteer Web (provided by the Japan Philanthropic Association) to use its activity introduction and application system.
The Let's Cut Fabric and Picture Book Delivery international volunteer programs have been bundled into a package with the cooperation of NPOs and published on the Suntory Volunteers Web and have been successfully in areas requested by our employees. Furthermore, we established the Volunteer Leave Program as part of this support system.
Information on Volunteer Activities Sponsored by Suntory
Suntory Group Global Water Action
As the world turned its attention to the importance of water for United Nations World Water Day on March 22, Suntory Group took action as "Mizu To Ikiru Suntory" by organizing the worldwide "Suntory Group Global Water Action" to keep individual employees aware of and inspired to act on the ideals behind "Mizu To Ikiru."
The volunteer theme is "water." Throughout the world, Suntory Group employees will simultaneously organize water-related volunteer activities, such as beach cleaning. Overseas group companies will strengthen their activities at the same time.
Suntory Natural Water Sanctuary Forest Maintenance Volunteer Activity
We held this volunteer activity for the purpose of making our employees understand and experience just how serious Suntory is about how to live in harmony with nature. By cutting the evergreen shrubs, we allowed the sunlight to reach the soil and promoted the growth of various types of vegetation including deciduous broad-leaved trees.
Volunteer Activity to Provide Disaster Support
Volunteers were dispatched so that each employee could help victims, in addition to the company making donations and supplying goods after the Western Japanese Torrential Rain occurred in 2018 and Typhoon No. 19 (Hagibis) in 2019.
In two years, more than 200 employees took part in assisting impacted homes with mud removal from beneath floors, clearing of furniture, the cleaning of apple fields, and other tasks in places such as Okayama Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture, and Nagano Prefecture.
Kumamoto Flower Project Volunteer Activity
This activity was conducted In collaboration with Suntory Flowers as part of the Suntory "Land of Water" Kumamoto Support Project. We delivered flower seedlings to temporary housing facilities in Mashiki, Kashima, and Mifune, three towns near the Kyushu Kumamoto Plant which particularly received extensive damage during the Kumamoto Earthquake, and planted Safinia with local residents.
Hojukai Assisting with Window Cleaning at Senior Care Facilities and Nursery School Sports Events
Each year Suntory Group employees perform gardening, window cleaning, provide management support for sports events, and other work together with facility staff at elderly care facilities and child daycare centers operated by the social welfare organization Hojukai. Also, new employees of the Suntory Group also participate in volunteer activities such as road cleaning and weed removal after receiving training at each facility regarding the history of the Hojukai and the founders' ideas about social contribution.
Volunteer Activity for Managing the Kashima Gatalympics and Innoshima Suigun Matsuri, an Event Which Received the Suntory Prize for Community Cultural Activities
Volunteers joined the fun with people locally at events such as the Suntory Prize for Community Cultural Activities 2017 prize winner Kashima Gatalympics, where they helped with competition judging, and 2018 winner Innoshima Suigun Matsuri, where they helped with operations, including transporting taiko drums.
Beautification Activities at Offices
The Suntory Group's offices located around the country engage in environmental beautification efforts by cleaning up the vicinity and participating in garbage cleanups organized by local governments. In November 2018, Suntory participated in the Tokyo Bay Cleanup Campaign, which it has been supporting and co-sponsoring from 2003, with employees and 23 family members joining local residents and businesses, and ultimately gathering roughly 170kg of litter.
Information on Volunteer Activities Sponsored by Suntory Group Companies
P LOVE GREEN -- Pronto Corp.
We announced the P LOVE GREEN campaign after reviewing the basic principles to become a junction to bring about creation for the future by providing peace and joy to the minds and bodies of customers as well as the origins of Green, which is the brand color of Pronto, in April 2010. This activity is a project unique to Pronto for the purpose of being kind to people and the environment while offering excitement that has been named P LOVE GREEN. This project broadens the provision of menus, goods, in-store environment, and entertainment and even community contribution activities.
We also contributed to greenification business after the Great East Japan Earthquake, starting with donations to the Tokyo Green Project in fiscal 2010 as one of our activities. In 2012 and 2015, we received a gratitude letter from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries. In addition, because disasters have occurred in various places each year, we have been working with local children since the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in March 11, 2011 mainly on tree-planting activities to restore the greenery of each disaster-stricken area.
Supporting the Kiritappu Wetland National Trust -- Häagen-Dazs Japan, Inc.
Häagen-Dazs Japan has been providing support for the Kiritappu Wetland National Trust in Hamanaka, Akkeshi since 2007 for the Konsen ward of Hokkaido, which is a production area of milk used as an ingredient for ice cream. Kiritappu Wetland has also been registered in Ramsar Convention in 1993 as the third largest wetland in Japan. Our employees are conducting volunteer activities to preserve the scenery of the wetlands by repairing the boardwalk together with the local people every year in addition to providing financial support. These volunteer activities are planned to be continued every year with 2018 being the 12th year of these activities.
Donations of Ice Cream to Food Bank -- Häagen-Dazs Japan, Inc.
Since 2007, Häagen-Dazs Japan has been donating food products to a food bank activity* run by Second Harvest Japan, a non-profit organization. Each year we offer ice cream to children at social welfare facilities during summer vacation and the Christmas season. As in 2018, employees of Suntory and Häagen-Dazs Japan again collaborated in 2019 to volunteer for a food bank that delivers ice cream to mother and child support facilities, child-care facilities, etc., and visited facilities to deliver Häagen-Dazs ice cream.
*Food bank activity: An activity during which food products are provided to social welfare facilities, etc. These donated food products were previously discarded in spite of no safety issues in the manufacturing and distribution processes.
Supporting the Revitalization of Communities with Flowers -- Suntory Flowers Ltd.
Suntory Flowers is providing flowers for areas such as parks to allow even more people to experience a life in a community with flowers. The Red Flower Project has expanded throughout Japan since 2012 to play a role in revitalizing communities by planting flowers in parks and public facilities in each area of Japan under the slogan, "Revitalizing Japan with Red Flowers!" We donated Surfinia Red flowers to organization in each community in Japan. From 2015, we have expanded the scope of our activities even further to engage in "Big Flower Project." In addition, we will continue our activities from 2019 to make as many people smile as possible through the power of flowers, focusing on reconstruction assistance in Tohoku and Kumamoto as part of the Tomorrow's Flowers Project.
Information on Volunteer Activities at Overseas Group Companies
At Beam Suntory, some 2,000 employees from 55 regions across 14 countries participated in clean-up activities and disaster support during its April 2019 "Together for Good" initiative.
At Suntory Beverage & Food Asia in Vietnam, volunteer activities were organized in conjunction with the expansion of the next-generation Suntory "Mizuiku" - Natural Water Education Program. Suntory Beverage & Food Europe volunteers participated in food banks, beach cleaning, and other activities.
Also, coordinators around the world responsible for promoting volunteer activities came together for the Global Volunteer Meeting to study future volunteer activities.