3.3 Actions regarding biological resources

Our Commitment

We will protect the natural environment and preserve the ecosystems surrounding our business sites as well as areas producing raw materials.

Our Approach

  • We will promote our efforts related to biological resources at major material production sites.
  • We will strive to secure resources that may lead to deforestation in a sustainable manner.
SDGs Target
  • GOAL 15: Life on Land
  • GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Our Achievement

1) Use of FSC-certified paper or recyled paper for office paper
2) Use of FSC-certified paper for paper containers and packaging*1
3) Actions regarding sustainable palm oil
*1:6-can packs, gift boxes, drink boxes, cardboard cartons for products
*Kirin Holdings, Kirin Brewery, Kirin Beverage, Mercian

Goals for 2021

1) 100 %

2) 100 %

3) 100 %*2

*2:Using Book and Claim model, which is a model for the trading of certificates approved by the Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil

Basic Thinking

Biological resources, particularly agricultural products, are the most important and basic raw materials for the Kirin Group. However, our scenario analyses based on the TCFD recommendations have confirmed the possibility that climate change will have a significant impact on agricultural yields and the quality of agricultural products. It is also essential to have consideration for the environment and human rights at the farms and regions where we procure products. Therefore, we are working to solve the problems of ecosystems and local communities where raw materials are produced in an aim to build a society that uses sustainable biological resources.

Cultivate, expand and procure sustainable agricultural raw materials

  • Procure agricultural raw materials that comply with certification schemes, such as FSC, RSPO and the Rainforest Alliance.
  • Cultivate agricultural raw materials that are suited to global warming and expand them to raw material production areas.
  • Promote recycling and reduction of product waste, thereby bringing food waste generated by production activities to zero.

Stand by the side of farmers to make raw material production areas sustainable

  • Expand support in acquiring sustainable certifications, such as the Rainforest Alliance, and solve environmental issues, etc.,   in production areas.
  • Examine and research contributions to affluent biodiversity by sustainable agriculture and expand the outcomes to raw material production areas

Risk research

Highlights of Outcomes

Cultivate, expand and procure sustainable agricultural raw materials We have almost completed switching to FSC-certified paper or recycled paper for office paper (copy paper, envelopes, business cards and other printed materials). For palm oil, we have continued our 100% use of certified palm oil (primary and secondary raw materials) according to RSPO’s Book & Claim method. With regard to our mass plant propagation technologies, the usefulness of our bag-type culture vessel system technology, which makes effective use of water, was reconfirmed in the “research on a pest free farm system and emergency backup system using bagtype culture vessel technology” in the lunar surface base project led by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. As for food waste, we established reduction targets for Japan (75% reduction from the 2015 level in 2025). As well as promoting resource recycling, we continue to promote the use of “year-month labeling” for best-before periods of non-alcoholic beverages in Japan.
Making raw material production areas sustainable

As for tea leaves, we have been supporting large tea farms in Sri Lanka in obtaining the Rainforest Alliance certification since 2013 and, as of the end of 2019, 87 large farms acquired the certification. This is equivalent to approximately 30% of the certified farms in Sri Lanka. Since 2018, we have also been supporting small farms in obtaining sustainability certification. In addition, we have started supporting small coffee plantations in Vietnam in obtaining the Rainforest Alliance certification since 2020. We have conducted ecological surveys that reveal that converting idle farming land into vineyards for Japan Wine would lead to the restoration and creation of quality grasslands, and have launched revegetation activities with the participation of employees and local residents.