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.

The Suntory Group has declared its approval of Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations in May 2019. The TCFD was established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB).

In addition, we established the Suntory Group’s 7 Sustainability Themes in July 2019 as future initiatives with the reduction of Green House Gas(GHG) emissions serving as an important theme among them.
Making the promise of "Mizu To Ikiru", literally "living with water", to society, along with grasping water supply risks due to climate change and conducting appropriate water conservation and discharge management, we will evaluate all the watersheds that surround our sites and, together with our stakeholders, promote initiatives for water sustainability. From here on, we will further advance scenario analysis and expand disclosure of information related to the risks and opportunities that climate change poses to business.

1. Governance

Risk management committee and Sustainability Committee are in constant collaboration, and important decisions are further discussed and resolved by the board. Progress on strategies relating to environmental and social issues, as well as business risks and growth opportunities, are reported to the board accordingly. The board members are also provided opportunities to deepen their knowledge of sustainability through training sessions with external experts, convening board meetings at production and R&D facilities, and exchanging views.

Suntory Beverage & Food's sustainability management promotion organization
Suntory Beverage & Food's sustainability management promotion organization

2. Strategy

Water Supply Risks

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*.
(*Covered 9 production plants in Japan and 41 production plants overseas owned by Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd.)

Water Risk Assessment Process
Preliminary Assessment ― Screening of sites for detailed risk assessment

During the preliminary assessment, screening was conducted through uniform risk assessment at all Group sites from the two perspectives: 1 The possibility that water resources used by a given plant will be depleted, and 2 the magnitude of the impact of environmental changes caused by water use at plants.

1Possibility that water resources used by a given plant will be depleted

For the risk assessment, we used the Baseline Water Stress country score, developed as part of World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, as an index that can evaluate sites around the world in common at the global level, to identify countries with high water stress from the countries where our plants are located.
In addition to Baseline Water Stress, we have adopted 2040 Water Stress, which evaluates water stress in 2040 based on future scenarios such as climate change. Plants with either Baseline Water Stress or 2040 Water Stress scores of "Extremely High" or "High" are defined as plants with high water risk in the Suntory Group. The percentage of water withdrawals at plants with high water risk is 24% of all of plants owned by Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd.

Layered by Aqueduct Baseline Water Stress Index Score
  • Source
    : World Resources Institute "Aqueduct Project"
2Magnitude of the impact of environmental changes caused by water use at plants

Furthermore, we classified the water used at plants as either natural water (surface water or groundwater) or water supplied by the municipality. Municipal water is supplied through the local waterworks bureau and its use is fee based. Generally, the range of municipal water resources is wide so that they can be shared with more users. As the management is mainly done by waterworks bureaus, we must coordinate with the local waterworks bureau and coexist with the local communities. However, when natural water (surface water or groundwater) is used, the range of water sources is narrower than that of municipal water and more affected by environmental changes such as climate variability. As its management is mainly done by Suntory, it is necessary to prioritize efforts at highly water-stressed plant that use natural water (surface water or groundwater).

Secondary Assessment ― Individual site assessment

Sites that passed the screening in the preliminary assessment were assessed individually from two perspectives: 1 Water management provisions for water intake, 2 water management provisions for water conservation. Since each plant faces different water-related conditions in their respective area, it is necessary to consider measures that correspond with local conditions.

Water Management

Since it is necessary to deal with water properly in order to fulfill our responsibility of water use, which is a precious shared resource, we will evaluate the following two points.

1Water management for water intake

Promotion of activities to use water properly (to not take in too much water)
Note: For plants that use municipal water, the local waterworks bureau manages all water intake management. Therefore, those plants are not evaluated.

2Water management for water conservation

Ability to prove that water is being used properly (that water is not being wasted)
Note: For plants that use municipal water, the local waterworks bureau manages all water intake management. Therefore, those plants are not evaluated.

Water Management (water intake) - Avoid taking in too much wate
  • Ability to show using data that water intake has no impact on the local environment.
  • Required data compiled for proof.
Water intake data is not being managed Red
Management of water intake data is insufficient Yellow
Water intake data is being managed and water intake is being handled properly Green
Water Management (water conservation) - Avoid using excessive water -
  • Targets established in order to use water efficiently.
  • Conduct activities to achieve targets.
  • Targets are achieved
No medium-term target for water consumption per unit of production established Red
No short-term target for water consumption per unit of production established/achieved Yellow
Target for water consumption per unit of production achieved Green
Results of the Secondary Assessment

In the examination conducted in January 2019, among the plants subject to the secondary assessment, 14% of the plants were evaluated as "Green" and 86% were evaluated as "Yellow" for water intake management. For water conservation management, 60% of the plants evaluated were rated "Green", and 40% were rated "Yellow".
After visualizing risks, those risks were defined and suggestions for solutions were made, resulting in the rapid implementation of an action plan designed to decrease risks. In the examination conducted in January 2020, 57% of the plants were evaluated as "Green" and 43% were evaluated as "Yellow" for water intake management. For water conservation management, 90% of the plants evaluated were rated "Green", and 10% were rated "Yellow", which showed a large improvement.

Stable Procurement of raw materials

Activity promotion scheme for ensuring raw and packaging materials in long-term

With regard to agricultural products and other raw ingredients that are essential to our products, we cooperate with business partners across the supply chain, identify social and environmental issues, and promote sustainability initiatives that enable us to grow together, thereby enriching our communities.

It is predicted that extreme weather, such as drought and flooding, occurring due to climate change will have a major impact on production activities, including causing fluctuations in production volumes and creating the need to move to other locations which offer suitable cultivation. Furthermore, behind production and procurement activities lie social issues that negatively affect the human rights of people working across the supply chain. To offer our customers high-quality products and services, as 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.

Based on this belief, the Procurement Center of Excellence is created to promote long-term raw material strategy, optimum procurement globally and sustainable procurement throughout the Group.

Overview of long-term strategy

The TCFD framework is used to formulate the strategy, and it also utilizes open scenario such as RCP2.6 (scenarios below 2℃), RCP 8.5 (4℃ scenario) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) scenarios, to draw up the future world and understand risks and opportunities.
Furthermore, by focusing on our own policies such as Environmental Vision toward 2050 or The Suntory Group's Basic Policy on Supply Chain Sustainability and long-term trends specific to raw materials, we aim to create a vision of what we would like raw material procurement to be in the future world, and to find countermeasures based on the gaps between the current situation, so that we can respond to a wider range of social and environmental sustainability issues.

Activity Overview

The strategy development is based on the following steps:

1Selection of important materials
  • Identify materials that are particularly important for our business activities.
  • Conduct risk assessment of materials handled in our business.
  • Based on the results of the assessments, the materials for which long-term strategies are to be formulated are selected through consultations with related parties.
2Creation of focused teams
  • A team consisting of experts within the group from various departments such as research, development, procurement, and quality assurance is formed to work on the selected materials.
3Building strategy
  • Analyze market, company, and trends by team of experts
  • Analyze future world scenarios and description of the ideal state within those scenarios
  • Design of activities by Back-casting from the future world back to the present to set issues
4Strategy monitoring
  • Monitor signs of scenario change and strategy revision based on prior assumption of change
  • Revise road map of strategy building by re-evaluating materials risk
Strategy Execution

The long-term strategy formulated by the team of experts is discussed regularly by the Sustainability Committee, an advisory body to the Board of Directors, and its activities are promoted.

2021 Progress of Activity

Based on the aforementioned approach to strategy formulation, we have implemented the following activities in steps 1 to 3 in 2021, which are described in detail below.

Step.1 Selection of important raw materials

In 2021, we conducted a risk assessment of the sustainability of raw materials to determine raw material items for which to develop long-term strategies.

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1Extraction of important raw materials

The impact is defined as the loss of product sales that the business would suffer if there were a problem with the supply of raw materials, and raw materials with a high impact were extracted as priority raw material, including agricultural materials such as coffee beans and corn, the material that undergo processing such as sugar, and vitamin C.

2Risk Assessment

To evaluate the possibility of problems in the supply of the extracted key raw materials – the effects of climate change on yield and suitable areas for cultivation, which are considered to have the greatest impact on future supply, were studied and evaluated from the research and statistical perspectives. One of the results is shown in Figure 2. For raw materials that undergo a certain amount of processing, the risk assessment considers the impact of climate change on the production area of the base material and the ratio of raw materials used in the process. (Example: for sugar, see the results of climate change impact assessment for sugar cane, and sugar beet)
Based on the above approach, we found that the yields of agricultural materials such as corn, sugarcane, and coffee beans will be Significantly impacted in several production areas. On the other hand, for green tea leaves procured in Japan, it was found that the suitable growing area will increase.

Figure 2: Survey Results

Scenario of a 4℃ temperature increase: Study of the effects of yield and suitable land on major raw materials and production areas

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Below 10%
More than 10% – below50%
More than 50%

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Business
Sector
Material North
America
Latin
America
Asia Europe/
Africa
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Beverage* Corn USAYield :dw02 BrazilYield :dw02 ChinaYield :dw02    
Beverage* Sugarcarne   BrazilYield :up02 ThailandYield :dw02   AustraliaYield :up01
Beverage Coffee beans   BrazilSuitable land :dw02
ColombiaSuitable land :dw02
GuatemalaSuitable land :dw02
     
Beverage* Raw milk     JapanYield :dw01-dw03   AustraliaYield :dw01-dw03
New ZealandYield :dw01-dw03
Beverage Green tea leaves     JapanSuitable land :up01    
  • *
    Include origin of processed material
3Formulate a road map of strategy building

By referring the results of the survey and considering the results of the Suntory group evaluation, the following raw material items were selected to implement the long-term strategy as a comprehensive decision.

2021: Coffee, Oolong Tea, and Corn
2022: Barley, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), Vitamin C and Citric Acid
2023: Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, and Black Tea
2024: Dairy

  • Note)
    The results of the referenced climate change impact study are listed. Coffee is modeled by Coffee beans HFCS, Vitamin C and Citric Acid are modeled by Corn Diary is modeled by Raw milk

Prior to the above activities, we are working to mitigate the impact of climate change on our business with regard to blackcurrant as follows.

Blackcurrant

Suntory Beverage & Food Great Britain and Ireland manufactures and sells Ribena conducts research on new species of cassis that is resilient to climate change. In July 2020, new species of cassis that is resilient to climate change named “Ben Lawers” were harvested. This was a result of a long-term joint research with the James Hutton Institute, a research institute for agriculture.

Supporting Sustainable Agriculture of Cassis Farmers

Step.2 Creation of focused teams

Following the activity plan of Step 1, team of experts are being formed for Coffee, Oolong tea, and Corn in 2021.

Step.3 Building strategy

For the raw material items for which the task force was formed, we set the time axis to 2050, and we envision changes include financial impact on our business in the future world of 2050 by referring to open scenarios it covers environmental element like climate change, and also covers social perspectives such as human rights. Then, based on the trend analysis and the company's own goals, the ideal state of raw material procurement in the future world is drawn, and the way to reach this goal is examined.

Next Step

The long-term strategy will be formulated over a period of three years, and activities will be carried out on an annual basis while incorporating new information on the market environment and the impact of climate change. In Step 4, Strategy Monitoring, which is scheduled to be conducted after the strategy is formulated, we will periodically check for the occurrence of events such as the junctures of multiple possible scenarios and the success of technological innovations necessary to achieve the desired goals. This will enable us to capture important changes as much as possible in advance and revise the strategy to incorporate them.
We will also consistently re-evaluate risk of materials and revise our road map of strategy building as necessary.

3. Risk

Suntory defines "risk" as a potential event that affects the achievement of the Group's strategies and goals. Through the Risk Management Committee (RMC) and the risk management committees and risk management teams established at each group company, we identify and evaluate 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 Identifying and Evaluating Risks

For the risks identified, we create a heat map based on the two axes of "Risk Exposure" and "Degree of Response", evaluate the 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.

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 Risk Management Committee (RMC), and the PDCA cycle of extraction, evaluation, countermeasures, and monitoring is carried out.

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 for dealing with climate change.

  • *1
    Water intensity is the amount of water withdrawn per unit of production, which is 1 kiloliter of production
  • *2
    Owned plants that manufacture final products and excludes plants for packaging and ingredients
  • *3
    Reduction of water intensity of production based on 2015 baseline year
  • *4
    Coffee, barley, grapes
  • *5
    Based on emissions in 2019.
    2030 targets have been certified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as consistent with the 1.5 degrees Celsius trajectory.

Initiatives

To achieve the 2030 target, the Suntory Group is 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 (AWS), an internationally prestigious organization that promotes water conservation and stewardship (responsible management of water resources) globally, and now we are recognized as a leading organization in promoting water sustainability.
As part of our GHG reduction efforts, we will aim to achieve 100% renewable electricity in the group's 63 directly-owned manufacturing sites and R&D facilities in Japan, the Americas and Europe by 2022*1. In addition, the company will start introducing internal carbon pricing to its group companies this year and plans to invest a total of approximately 100 billion JPY (equivalent to approximately 900 million USD*2) by 2030 to shift to low-carbon alternatives. 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 more information on Environmental Targets toward 2030 and Environmental Vision toward 2050, please visit here.

For more information on results of GHG emissions, please visit here.

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