Promoting responsible procurementActivities to Promote CSR Procurement

CSR Survey

Each operating company conducts a supplier survey, the results of which are posted below. We follow up on measures being taken by suppliers that are deemed to have a high risk profile as a result of the survey and encourage them to make improvements.

Japan Beer and Spirits Business and Japan Non-alcoholic Beverages Business

In fiscal 2019, Kirin Brewery Company, Limited, Kirin Beverage Company, Limited, and Mercian Corporation adopted the CSR/Sustainable Procurement Self-assessment Questionnaire developed by Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ), which it now administers to suppliers, replacing a proprietary survey. In fiscal 2020, there were 412 respondents out of 421 suppliers that received the survey. The results show progress in all areas when compared to the previous fiscal year.

  • Japan Beer and Spirits Business and Japan Non-alcoholic Beverages Business

Oceania Adult beverages

As part of our Responsible Sourcing program, Lion continues to require high priority suppliers to complete the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ). At the end of 2020 more than 95% of our high priority suppliers had undergone a risk assessment through the questionnaire with Lion aiming to complete its CSV commitment target of 100% by end 2021.

Pharmaceuticals Business

Kyowa Kirin conducts an annual CSR questionnaire every year based on the items covered in the Supplier Code of Conduct in order to analyze the status of CSR activities in the supply chain and identify issues. When results are collected, Kyowa Kirin provides respondents with the survey findings.

  • Pharmaceuticals Business

Approaches to Human Rights

When formulating the Kirin Group Human Rights Policy, the Kirin Group determined the priority of activities to address human rights issues, and currently carries out human rights due diligence based on these priorities. In addition, Lion acts in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act of both the UK and Australia.

Approaches to the Environment

In order to achieve sustainable raw material procurement logistics, Kirin Beverage Company, Limited began transporting raw materials utilizing warehouses*1 set up near product manufacturing plant in October 2019. After full scale of operation, it is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 1,000 tons per year (reduction rate of approximately 80%)*2.

  1. Raw material warehouses set up near or in front of the gate of product manufacturing plants.
  2. Calculated based on actual transportation of raw materials in 2017, and only those raw materials for which the use of the warehouse is expected.

Supplier Briefing

Kirin Group provides opportunities for suppliers to deepen their understanding of CSR procurement.

Japan Beer and Spirits Business and Japan Non-alcoholic Beverages Business

In November 2018, in line with the revised Kirin Group Supplier CSR Guidelines, Kirin Brewery Company, Limited, Kirin Beverage Company, Limited, and Mercian Corporation held a joint supplier briefing session to deepen their suppliers’ understanding of CSR issues. In total, approximately 250 suppliers participated in the four-day event.

Pharmaceuticals Business

Kyowa Kirin provides opportunities for suppliers to deepen their understanding of CSR procurement, such as CSR procurement briefing sessions and supply chain exchange sessions, where information is exchanged regarding issues and solutions across the entire supply chain.

Supplier Hotline for procurement transaction compliance reporting

We have established Supplier Hotline to receive specific information from suppliers when a supplier becomes aware of violations (or possible violations) of laws and regulations, or of compliance with the Kirin Group Compliance Guidelines or the Group Anti-Bribery Guidelines by the Kirin Group officers or employees in their procurement transactions. When we receive a report, we may ask for supplier’s cooperation in investigating the facts. Please do not report false, slanderous, defamatory, threatening or obstructive reports. This office is completely independent of any department involved in procurement, and we guarantee that no adverse action will be taken against the supplier who provided the information. When contacting us, please agree to the precautions at the beginning of the contact form.

Contact for Suppliers

Based on the Kirin Group Procurement Basic Policy, the Kirin Group hopes to fulfill its social responsibility in procurement with the support and cooperation of our suppliers. We ask that suppliers and subcontractors adhere to the Supplier CSR Guidelines when doing business with the Kirin Group. We look forward to hearing your proposals for new technologies, materials, and methods related to quality, safety, the environment, operational efficiency, and cost reduction. If you have any questions or comments about Kirin Group procurement, please use the form below to contact us.

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Procurement Policy of the Kirin Group companies