To realize coexistence with society and nature and become a truly valuable company, the Suntory Group is working toward the realization of our corporate philosophy "To Create Harmony with People and Nature" by developing a variety of activities together with stakeholders.
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The Suntory Group, as a multifaced beverage and liquor company supported by the blessings of nature such as water and agricultural products, aims to create a society where enriching people's lives and protecting and nurturing the natural environment coexist, and where people and nature have a mutually beneficial impact on each other and can be sustained for many years. To realize a society in which people and nature harmonize each other, the Suntory Group has established the Suntory Group’s Environmental Policy which clearly indicate our prioritized environment initiatives such as "achieving water security", "conserving and regenerating biodiverse ecosystems", "promoting a circular economy", and "transitioning to a net zero-carbon society. In order to provide clear direction to sustainability management, we have formulated "Environmental Vision toward 2050" and "Environmental targets toward 2030" and are promoting efforts to realize a sustainable society.
Suntory Beverage & Food Limited is globally engaged in activities of Water, Greenhouse Gas, Raw Ingredients, Containers and Packaging, Health, Human Rights, and Enriching Life which are set forth in the Sustainability Vision established by the Suntory Group. As a company with the promise of “Mizu To Ikiru”, we have positioned Water, Greenhouse Gas and Plastics as key themes, and are promoting sustainability management.
Water is one of the most important raw materials and a precious shared resource. Therefore, understanding the impact of water on our business activities, local communities, and ecosystems based on water-related risk assessment is essential for sustainable business growth. In addition to continuous reduction of water used at our production sites, we are promoting water source cultivation activities and water sustainability activities based on water risk assessment. In 2003, we started "Natural Water Sanctuary" initiatives in Japan with the aim of improving water source recharge functions and regenerating biodiversity. Currently, the area of activity has expanded to 22 locations in 15 prefectures, covering approximately 12,000 hectares, and recharging more than twice the amount of groundwater pumped up by our plants in Japan. We are also developing water source cultivation activities in cooperation with local communities around the world where we do business, aiming to make more than half of our plants water positive by 2030. We have also expanded our "Mizuiku" (education program of nature and water) which started in Japan, to Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia, and last year we also started activities in Spain.
In terms of GHG emission reduction, our vision is to achieve net zero GHG emissions throughout our value chain by 2050, and our target is to reduce GHG emissions at our own sites by 50% and to reduce GHG emissions throughout the value chain by 30% by 2030 vs. 2019. In addition to promoting the use of renewable energy sources, such as the installation of solar panels at the Carcaixent Plant in Spain and the Minami Alps Hakushu Water Plant, we are also working to reduce GHG emissions from multiple angles, including switching from heavy oil to city gas, LNG (liquefied natural gas), and biomass fuels, which have lower GHG emissions. The Kita Alps Shinano-no-Mori Plant which started operation in May 2021, became the Suntory Group’s first zero CO2 emissions plant in Japan through adoption of solar power generation facility and boilers using biomass fuel, as well as purchasing electricity sourced from 100% renewable energy. We will continue to be bold and innovative in our efforts to switch the electricity we purchase to renewable energy and to promote capital investment through the operation of internal carbon pricing. We are also working with production areas and farmers to reduce GHG emissions by introducing environmentally friendly processes in the tea production process in Japan and to support sustainable agriculture for blackcurrant farmers in the UK.
In the area of plastics, we aim to switch all the PET bottles used globally for Suntory products to be made of recycled or plant-based materials by 2030. The Suntory Group has long been involved in the practical application and promotion of "bottle-to-bottle" horizontal recycling, in which used PET bottles are recycled to make new bottles. We have been actively developing horizontal recycling initiatives overseas as well and following the introduction of PET bottle made from 100% recycled PET bottles for Ribena in the U.K. and Ireland, we introduced 100% recycled PET bottles for May Tea and Pulco in France in 2021. In 2022, we introduced 100% recycled bottles for Lucozade Sport in the U.K. and Ireland and introduced 100% recycled PET bottles in Vietnam which is the first in our Asian region. We will continue to take on the challenge of developing innovative technologies to ensure that plastic containers and packaging do not have a negative impact on the global environment while retaining their useful functions, and by working together with various stakeholders to resolve these issues, we hope to make a significant contribution to the realization of a circular society.
With respect to health, we are expanding our natural and healthy portfolio by leveraging our long-standing expertise in the development of sugar-free and low-sugar beverages such as tea and water in Japan and are aggressively promoting initiatives for low-sugar and sugar-free beverages on a global basis.
With the increasing globalization of corporate activities, human rights initiatives are becoming increasingly important. We believe it is extremely important to respect the human rights of our stakeholders. To promote activities that take human rights into consideration, we have further strengthened our efforts by establishing a human rights policy and encouraging our employees and supply chain to do the same. In addition, we will promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion based on our belief that to continuously create new value, it is important to proactively incorporate diverse human resources and diverse values, and to ensure fairness and make the most of such diversity.
In order to be a company that contributes to the realization of a sustainable society, we will continue to build trustworthy relationships and collaboration with our diverse stakeholders through communication and timely and appropriate information disclosure. We position sustainability as one of the important pillars of management and committed to passing on a sustainable society to the next generation.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Suntory Beverage & Food Limited
As a multifaceted consumer-oriented company, we are dedicated to promoting a sustainable society where nourishing and enriching people’s lives and conserving the natural environment coexist in an interconnected, mutually prosperous relationship. To realize this ambition, we deeply respect the blessings of nature on which our products rely, and engage in a range of corporate social responsibility activities to promote responsible environmental management that ensures sustainable use of natural resources and a healthy natural water cycle. In addition to delivering safe, high-quality products and services that consumers love, we continue to look for opportunities across our entire value chain to contribute to a sustainable society.
Our world faces a wide variety of environmental and social issues, such as water shortages, loss of biodiversity, climate change, pollution and increasing waste, poverty, human rights violations, and more. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)* adopted at the 2015 UN Summit call on businesses to address social issues and to promote a sustainable society. While the world works to solve these problems together, we will continue to tackle these issues as we expand our global business.
* Sustainable Development Goals are targets adopted in a UN Summit in September 2015 that the whole world should tackle by 2030
We used global trends relating to the SDGs as the basis for an analysis of issues in terms of their importance to our shareholders and other Suntory Beverage & Food stakeholders, and also from the viewpoint of opportunities and risks in the context of our medium- to long-term management strategies. After assessment and verification by third-party organizations, we selected five of the 17 SDGs as goals or highly significant initiatives. They are Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being), Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), and Goal 13 (Climate Action). We will continue to expand our activities in these areas.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are targets that should be reached globally by 2030 that were adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit held in September 2015.
Suntory Beverage & Food has established Sustainability Committee to promote global initiatives in collaboration with the board. We develop strategies based on the Sustainability Vision and monitor the progress of projects.
Suntory Beverage & Food pursues its business activities amid a range of connections with a variety of stakeholders. To continue being a company that contributes to the realization of a sustainable society, we will make clear our responsibilities to our stakeholders and communicate with them in various ways. We aim to incorporate feedback we receive and social needs into our corporate activities and continuously work to build deeply trusting and collaborative relationships with them.
We have actively advanced the acquisition of the international ISO14001 certification standard at each Suntory Group company as one method to continually evolve by integrating business and environmental activities. With the completion in acquiring the integrated certification and the start of operations at Group companies* in Japan, we are working to enhance management to abide by laws at sites with a low environmental burden and conduct even more efficient environmental management with these sites as targets from 2017. We are in the process of obtaining certifications at overseas Group companies with focus on our production sites. We are approximately 70% complete in certifying globally in certifying Suntory Beverage and Food group company production sites as of end of December, 2022.
We are enhancing the links between each department involved with the value change of businesses at each Suntory Group company to promote business activities from an environmental perspective in all stages from the procurement of ingredients to disposal.
* Group companies complying to the Japanese SOX Act
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