Kirin Group's Environmental Vision
Aiming for a Positive Impact
Kirin and its broad stakeholders enrich society and the Earth for future generations through positive impact on people and the environment.
To raise awareness of global environmental issues, the Kirin Group formulated the Kirin Group Long-Term Environmental Vision in 2013. The Group’s various businesses are working to achieve this vision, which is set to be realized by 2050. However, the global trends surrounding the earth’s environment are significantly changing, including multiple international initiatives that have been undertaken such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD),* originating from the Paris Agreement, and marine plastic pollution, which is now being discussed as a global problem. Moreover, the initiatives carried out by companies to address environmental issues are evolving from initiatives that only address issues with the company Given these changes, the Kirin Group has revised its existing environmental vision and formulated a new vision, Kirin Group Environmental Vision 2050, with the aim of strengthening the resilience of society and the Company. Under this new vision, we will expand our scope from our value chain to society as a whole as we work together with the young generations who will inherit the world and other members of society to create a prosperous world for future generations.
* Task force established in 2015 by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) that makes recommendations regarding information disclosure regarding the impact that climate change has on companies and other institutions. Kirin Holdings Company, Limited. is the first Japanese food company to express its support for the TCFD recommendations and is actively engaged in such disclosure.
Commitments and efforts to realize them
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.
Bring water, used as a raw material, to a sustainable state
- Continue to reduce the volume of water use in group operational bases
- Further promote water source forestation activities in Japan.
Solve problems with water in a way that suits the characteristics of basin regions where our business bases are located
- Minimize risk during water-related disasters by reinforcing resilience and efficiency for supply chains.
- Implement water source preservation activities and education programs to preserve water
in raw material production areas, thereby solving water issues in the value chain.
Containers and Packaging
Develop and disseminate sustainable containers and packaging.
- Use sustainable containers and packaging that employ recycled materials and biomass.
- Aim to develop new containers and services.
Build a resource-recycling system to make containers and packaging sustainable.
- Take the lead in improving the recycling system in Japan.
- Contribute to collection of resources and establishment of recycling infrastructure in areas where operations are maintained.
- Achieve RE100 at an early stage and source the company's energy from 100% renewable energy.
- Realize Net-Zero carbon emission in the entire value chain.
Take the lead in building a decarbonized society.
- Build a business model that contributes to a decarbonized society with customers and other stakeholders.
- Support research to mitigate climate change and expand responsible renewable energy to society.
Place of Production
Sri Lanka Friendship Project
In Sri Lanka, tea leaves producing region, we provide assistance in obtaining Rainforest Alliance certification, a sustainable plantation certification system. In addition to providing funding, our staff visit the area every year to check the progress of each plantation and training, and to exchange opinions with the local people. Since 2018, in addition to training for large plantations, we have also started to assist 10,000 small plantations in the surrounding area.
Vineyard in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture
At Mariko Vineyard, Mercian's own vineyard located on the Jinba Plateau in the Mariko district of Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture, where idle farmland has been converted into a vineyard while respecting the original topography and landscape, we have conducted ecololgical survey since 2014, revealing that the hedge-cultivated vineyard functions as a grassland that nurtures a variety of living species. We have also started to regenerate rare species in the vineyard.
Hop fields in Tono City, Iwate Prefecture
Kirin, which uses about 70% of Japanese hops, has been working to raise awareness of Tono hops in cooperation with Tono City in Iwate Prefecture, with which Kirin has been engaged in contract cultivation for more than 50 years. In addition, through a biodiversity survey of the hops fields in Tono City, we will clarify the contribution of hops fields to Satoyama landscape, thereby contributing to the value enhancement of domestic hops, maintenance of production, and revitalization of Tono.
Based on the Kirin Group Sustainable Procurement Policy established in 2017 and revised in April 2021, we are working with suppliers and other stakeholders to achieve its goal.
They are cooperating with us on our efforts to switch to FSC® certified paper for 100% of the Kirin Group's paper containers and packaging and to use FSC certified paper for office paper by the end of 2020.
They are cooperating with us in a project to support tea plantations in Sri Lanka in obtaining Rainforest Alliance certification.
In the area of biological resources, which is one of the key themes of the Kirin Group's Long-Term Environmental Vision, they are cooperating with us in the formulation and implementation of the Kirin Group Guidelines for Sustainable Procurement of Biological Resources and Action Plan.
Rainforest Alliance Consortium
We are participating as a founding member of the Rainforest Alliance Consortium, which was established by the Rainforest Alliance, which aims to promote sustainable agriculture, and six companies that handle certified products, and we are working to spread the Rainforest Alliance certification and continuously provide products made from sustainable crops.
The Consortium for Sustainable Paper Use
The Consortium for Sustainable Paper Use was established by five companies engaged in leading-edge paper use initiatibes,WWF Japan and Response Ability Inc. As a founding member of the CSPU, the KIRIN Group puesues initiatives for expanding and penetrating sustainable paper use into society.
Eco-First is a program in which companies make a pledge to the Minister of the Environment to conduct their own environmental conversation intiatives, such as counter-measures to global warming. The Kirin Group become the first manufacturer to be Eco-First accredited. It also participates in the Eco-First Promotion Council whose members comprise accredited companies.
Kirin School Challenge
In December 2014, we launched the Kirin School Challenge, a workshop in which junior and senior high school students exchange opinions with young people, discuss, and create together what they can do to "pass on the blessings of the earth to the future." By the end of 2019, more than 940 junior and senior high school students have participated in the program.
Japan Environmental Youth Network
We support the Japan Youth Environmental Network organized by the Ministry of the Environment and the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency. In addition to sponsoring a national competition in which high school students present examples of their daily environmental activities, we invite high school students to visit our company every year.