We investigate watersheds around our sites to understand the local hydrological cycle, using a scientific approach.
The Suntory Group's Sustainable Water Philosophy
As a global soft drink company that has made "Mizu To Ikiru" as our promise, we share a sustainable water philosophy and will continue our efforts to contribute to the solution of water-related issues in various parts of the world.
Understanding the natural cycle of water
We conserve our watersheds and endeavor to improve local water quality and quantity in cooperation with stakeholders for a sustainable future.
Promoting environmentally conscious water use
We reduce the environmental impacts of water use on the natural water cycle by implementing 3R activities (Reduce/Reuse/Recycle) and returning water to nature after adequate treatment.
Engaging with local community
We support our community by fostering collective actions to solve water issues and enrich society.
Global Water Initiatives
Suntory Mizuiku— Education Program for Nature and Water
Suntory Mizuiku, our nature and water environmental education program, which entered its 15th year in 2018, is a unique Suntory Group initiative to help children to appreciate the wonders of nature and understand the importance of forests to the maintenance of water resources, while thinking about how water resources can be conserved for the future.
Through the Outdoor School of Forest and Water, children in the 3rd to 6th grades of elementary school and their caregivers experience the grandeur of nature and learn about the importance of water and forest watersheds at locations where Suntory Tennensui is produced.
In schools, working with elementary school teachers, we teach children in the 4th and 5th grade about the mechanisms and importance of nature, using videos and experiments. The children are encouraged to think about what they can do to conserve water for the future. By the end of 2017, a total of approximately 145,000 children had participated in these classes.
Suntory Mizuiku, our nature and water environmental education program has been running in Vietnam.
Since 2015, Suntory Mizuiku, our nature and water environmental education program has been running in Vietnam. In addition to learning about the importance of water, hygiene management, and water resource conservation in relation to local social issues, children also visit plants operated by Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage to learn about water conservation and pollution prevention. Initially provided in Hanoi, the programs have since been extended to Ho Chi Minh, Bac Ninh, and Ben Tre. In 2018, Quang Nam Province, Lang Son Province, and Ha Giang Province were also added. The programs are highly regarded by local governments and communities. Suntory is also contributing to the improvement of the children's sanitation by helping participating schools to encourage hand washing and install or improve toilets and water purification facilities.
Water Resource Conservation Activities
Conserving and Regenerating Nature, which Fosters Clean Water
The Suntory Institute for Water Science works with scientists in many fields to ensure healthy water cycles in various locations. Using detailed surveys and research based on scientific evidence, it works to maintain the sustainability of clean groundwater.
Since 2003, Suntory has signed medium- to long-term agreements with local governments and forest owners in Japan. Under these agreements, which cover periods of several decades, Suntory develops and cultivates forests as Natural Water Sanctuaries. By the March of 2017, these activities were in progress in 20 forests with a combined area of approximately 9,000 hectares in 14 prefectures. The volume of groundwater from these forests is greater than the amount of water taken up by Suntory production facilities. A total of 7,133 employees have deepened their understanding of the sustainable water philosophy and learned about the importance of forests in maintaining water resources by gaining first-hand experience with forestry in the Natural Water Sanctuaries.
Water Resource Conservation Activities in France
Orangina Suntory France manufactures and sells soft drinks, including Orangina and Oasis, in France. In 2017, the company entered into a new water resource conservation partnership with Grand Parc Miribel Jonage, a natural park located near the company's Meyzieu Plant. Activities under the agreement include forest conservation in the park, and educational programs for children. While establishing facilities relating to water in the park for the enjoyment of visitors from local communities, Orangina Suntory France also works with communities to protect and develop local water resources and the natural environment.