Sustainable Procurement

Suntory Group are promoting sustainable procurement with our business partners to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society as a company that has signed the United Nations Global Compact.

Basic policy on sustainable procurement

In order to offer our customers high-quality products and services, at the Suntory Group 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.
In 2011, in order to promote sustainability, we established the Suntory Group's Basic Policy on the Sustainable Supply Chain that consists of six main pillars - legal compliance, human rights and labor standards, quality, environment, information security, and the coexistence with society - that address global issues such as child labor, forced labor, freedom of association and collective bargaining, working hours, the guarantee of minimum wages, etc. In order to promote sustainability, we are raising awareness and deepening understanding with our business partners.

The Suntory Group's Basic Policy on Supply Chain Sustainability
(Established 2011)

In order to provide high-quality products and services safely and reliably based on our corporate philosophy of "To Create Harmony with People and Nature" and our Code of Business Ethics, the Suntory Group engages in fair business practices and, in collaboration with supply chain business partners, promotes procurement activities that take social responsibility into consideration, mindful of such issues as human rights, labor standards, and the environment.
We build good partnerships with our business partners and contribute toward realizing a truly affluent and sustainable society.

1. Legal Compliance and Respect for International Standards of Conduct

We will promote fair and equitable procurement activities that comply with each country's laws and respect international standards of conduct.

2. Consideration for Human Rights, Labor, and Safety and Health

We will promote supply chain CSR initiatives that respect basic human rights and are mindful of labor conditions and safety and health.

3. Guaranteeing Quality and Safety

Aligned with the Suntory Group Quality Policy, we will promote supply chain CSR initiatives that seek to guarantee a high level of quality and safety based on the optimal standards for quality, cost, and supply.

4. Consideration for the Global Environment

Aligned with the Basic Principles of Suntory Group's Environmental Policy, we will promote procurement activities mindful of the global environment.

5. Preservation of Information Security

Confidential information regarding procurement dealings and personal information will be strictly controlled.

6. Coexistence with Society

We will promote social contribution initiatives directed toward coexisting within society.

Establishing Supplier Guidelines

We established the Suntory Group Supplier Guidelines based on the Basic Policy on the Sustainable Supply Chain in June 2017 to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society while also accelerating sustainable procurement within the Suntory Group. These guidelines put in place specific compliance items required in each field from human rights and legal compliance to the environment for suppliers of Suntory in Japan and overseas to confirm the same ethical values are shared between the Suntory Group and its suppliers. We share the policy with major suppliers at the annual supplier meeting, and from 2022 we will strengthen supplier management by asking our suppliers to sign the guidelines, shifting from current "sharing" to "confirmation of commitment". Suntory Beverage & Food Europe, Suntory Beverage & Food Asia Pacific and other companies share a Code of Conduct with suppliers to sign and agree to.

Suntory Group Supplier Guidelines PDF

Green Procurement and Purchase

We promote procurement of ingredients, materials and equipment that have low environmental impact through cooperating with each business partner.

Promoting Green Procurement

Green procurement is selecting items and services that consider the environment, such as by not including hazardous substances or efficient use of resources, when selecting ingredients, materials and equipment to purchase.
Suntory Group has established Suntory Group Green Procurement Standard (revised 2011) based on the Suntory Group’s Basic Policy on Supply Chain Sustainability and promotes procurement activities to lower environmental impact in corporation with each business partner.

Suntory Group Green Procurement Standard
(revised 2011)

  1. Basic policy
    Suntory Group strives to purchase ingredients, materials and services that have the lowest environmental impact as possible for items and services used in the Group to build a sustainable society.
  2. Prioritized items
    • a)
      Consider not to use environmentally polluting substances, etc.
    • b)
      Consider resource- and energy-saving through use of renewable resources, miniaturization, etc.
    • c)
      Consider resources collection that does not damage the ecosystem
    • d)
      Long-term use is possible through repair, parts replacement, etc.
    • e)
      Whether if it is reusable
    • f)
      Whether if it is design to be recyclable
    • g)
      Whether if it is easy to dispose or treat
    • h)
      Whether if it is environmental information about the item is disclosed
    • i)
      Consider the items is manufactured or sold by business operator that actively engages in environmental preservation such as acquiring ISO14001

Promoting Green Purchase

When actually purchasing an item, we promote Green Purchase based on the Green Purchase Guideline which sets standards for determining whether it's a Green Purchase with the goal of making more Green Purchases than in the previous year. We also implement online purchasing system that registers a standard Green Qualified Items and deploying it to Group companies. Furthermore, we uses work uniforms made using fibers from recycled PET bottles according to seasons in production plants.

Conducting risk assessment using Sedex

Suntory Group conducts a screening based on the Basic Policy on Sustainable procurement for all new suppliers.
In addition, in June 2019 we joined Sedex, the largest supplier ethical information sharing platform for corporate ESG data in the world.
Through this platform we are engaging our suppliers and gathering key information (SAQ*) regarding social and environmental compliance.
As of May 2021, over 1000 manufacturing facilities of suppliers around the global are linked with the Suntory Group through Sedex, and we are have started to conduct risk assessments. By leveraging the tools provided by Sedex, we have strengthened supplier management, enabling us to visualize and monitor the environmental and social risks faced by our suppliers.

Sedex logo
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    Self Assessment Questionnaire

Rigorously Engaging in Fair and Equitable Business Practices with Suppliers

In our dealings with suppliers, we provide each company with an opportunity for equitable competition in keeping with our Purchasing Control Regulations and our Business Partner Selection Standards, based on the Suntory Group’s Basic Policy on Supply Chain Sustainability. At the same time, we fairly evaluate efforts regarding the quality and supply capabilities of the products and services, financial status, assured safety, environmental conservation, and social contribution of each company, when we select new suppliers or determine whether to continue business with our existing business partners.
We consider our business partners as trusted partners who combine their strengths with ours in order to provide products and services that bring joy to our customers.

Suntory Group Standards for Business Conduct

Bookkeeping System that Corresponds to the Subcontract Act

Suntory Group operates a bookkeeping system that corresponds to the Act against Delay in Payment of Subcontract Proceeds, etc. to Subcontractors (Subcontract Act), enforced by the government of Japan. The system prevents troubles such as payments delay through displaying warning on the administrator screen when payment process is not carried out according to the information such as payment conditions entered at the ordering of raw materials or packaging. There was no transaction of raw material or packaging that violated the Subcontract Act in 2020.*

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    The number of business partners targeted by the subcontract Act is 43 for the Purchasing Department (about 12% of the transaction fee) as of December 2020 and 116 companies for the Packaging Material Development Department (about 11% of the transaction fee) as of December 2020.

Support activities for blackcurrant farmers

Based in the UK, Suntory Beverage & Food Great Britain and Ireland produces and sells of Ribena, a soft drink that is a favorite of many people in Europe. 90% of the blackcurrants used to make Ribena are produced in the UK. Suntory Beverage & Food Great Britain and Ireland started providing blackcurrant farmers with sustainable farming support in 2004. In addition to other efforts, we promote the employment of cultivation experts (agronomists) who provide advice directly to farmers as well as research on blackcurrants resistant to climate change. Furthermore, we have established a biodiversity roadmap tailored to each farm as well as the individual habitats around it, and are promoting ecosystem conservation activities for rivers and wetlands.

Photo of blackcurrant farmers