Policies on biological resources

Policies on biological resources

From an early stage, the Kirin Group has been pursuing initiatives concerning biological resources, which have a high possibility of being connected to environmental and human rights issues.


After making a Declaration of Support for Biodiversity Conservation in 2010, in 2013, we formulated the Kirin Group’s Guidelines on Sustainable Sourcing of Biological Resources and the Action Plan on Sustainable Use of Biological Resources. Black tea leaves, paper and printed materials, and palm oil are specified in the Guidelines and Action Plan as particularly important supplies. After the formulation and announcement of the Kirin Group CSV Commitment in February 2017, we revised the Kirin Group Action Plan on Sustainable Use of Biological Resources and accelerated our initiatives

Kirin Group’s Declaration of Support for Biodiversity Conservation

Kirin Group relies on the bounty of nature to make products. We utilize the power and wisdom nature has to offer in conducting its business activities. Because of that, we recognize the importance of conserving biodiversity as business challenges. Kirin Group actively pursues a broad range of activities to protect biodiversity in order to continue offering new joys of “food and well-being” into the future

  1. Kirin Group promotes sustainable use of resources while ensuring conservation of biodiversity
    The Kirin Group is committed to sustainable use of resources while taking biodiversity into consideration in all of its business activities so that all people around the world may continue to enjoy the bounty of nature.
  2. Kirin Group makes effective use of its technologies
    As a company that offers new joys of “food and well-being,” the Kirin Group makes effective use of its technologies when conducting business activities to contribute to the sustainable use of resources and protection of biodiversity.
  3. Kirin Group works in cooperation with stakeholders
    Kirin Group adds a biodiversity perspective to the environmental protection activities which have continuously been engaged in and works in cooperation with customers and local partners to continue conserving biodiversity.
  4. Kirin Group properly complies with treaties and laws
    Kirin Group complies with treaties, laws and regulations concerning biodiversity and strives to help people enjoy the blessings of biodiversity worldwide.

Kirin Group’s Guidelines on Sustainable Sourcing of Biological Resources

Purpose
The purpose of the Guidelines is to present the fundamental principles of the Group so that it can continue to ensure the “sustainable sourcing of biological resources” based on the Kirin Group’s Declaration of Support for Biodiversity Conservation.

Applicable scope
The Guidelines apply to biological resources procured by the Kirin Group’s operating companies in Japan for which the Group has specified that there is risk of illegal deforestation, environmental destruction and such like based on risk assessment performed.

Guidelines on Sustainable Sourcing of Biological Resources
Kirin Group procures applicable biological resources based on the following principles.

  1. Resources that the Group has confirmed; not to derive from a plantation developed illegally, to have been produced through appropriate procedures in compliance with the laws and regulations of the areas where the raw material is produced.
  2. Resources deriving from plantations, forests, etc. that have been certified by credible third parties.
  3. Resources that have not been produced by entities which are considered to be involved in environmental destructions.*

* Reference is currently made to the FSC’s Policy for the Association of Organization with FSC.

Kirin Group’s Principles of Managing Access to Genetic Resources

  1. The Group shall respect international agreements concerning biodiversity.
  2. Access to genetic resources shall be based on prior informed consent of the country providing such resources, and no genetic resources whose backgrounds are unknown shall be carried in or used.
  3. Use of genetic resources, including fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of their utilization, shall be properly managed in accordance with international treaties.