Paper and Printed Materials / Palm oil
Use of sustainable paper and printed materials
Because the Kirin Group uses large quantities of paper for primary and secondary containers for shipping our products, in 2013, we developed our Guidelines for the Procurement of Sustainable Biological Resources and an Action Plan, and have since pursued the use of paper that will not harm precious forests, including the tropical rainforests.
We also use large quantities of paper for purposes other than containers and packaging, so in the Action Plan, which was revised in February 2017, we declared a target of switching to FSC-certified paper or recycled paper for all office paper by the end of 2020.
To date, we have switched to FSC-certified paper for business cards, envelopes and copy paper, and from 2019, progress is being made in the adoption of FSC-certified paper for some of the paper bags and paper cups for tastings that have the KIRIN logo printed on them. These efforts are leading to the conservation of precious forests and to addressing the problem of climate change.
Use of sustainable palm oil
The Kirin Group uses palm oil as an ingredient in some of its products, but because the quantity we use is very small and it is difficult to procure physically certified oil, we use the Book & Claim method approved by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for the procurement of certified sustainable oil. In accordance with our Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Biological Resources, we have been using this method for the total volume of primary raw materials every year since 2013 and the full volume of secondary raw materials as well from 2014.
In March 2018, we became an associate member of the RSPO. We will continue to promote the use of sustainable palm oil.