Suntory to Donate $200,000 to Environmental Charities as Part of First Global Employee Health and Wellness Initiative

38,000 employees are invited to walk, and support charity: water, the Nature Conservancy, or Japan’s National Parks

Suntory to Donate $200,000 to Environmental Charities as Part of First Global Employee Health and Wellness Initiative

Tokyo – September 20, 2017 -- Employees of the Suntory Group will be getting something extra in return for their exercise this October – donations to charities of their choice! 

The Suntory Group promotes health management with the view that the source of its competitiveness as a company lies in its employees’ health and wellbeing. To accelerate global health management, the company is organizing “One Suntory Walk” for all employees globally. This program will enable the participants to raise health awareness as a team and cultivate a fit lifestyle while competing for the most number of steps walked in a month.

Based on Suntory Group’s Sustainable Water Philosophy*1, Suntory Holdings Limited, Suntory Beverage & Food Limited and Beam Suntory Inc. selected three charities focused on water and nature for this program. Participants can select the charity they would like to support with their exercise, and Suntory will award these charities based on the total number of steps walked. The donation amount to each of the three charities will depend on the average number of steps the employees who chose them walked during October. The total donation amount is $200,000 (about \21.8 million)*2.
*1 The company’s basic philosophy for all water related activities. Formulated in January 2017.
*2 $1 = \109

▼Name of event            One Suntory Walk
▼Application period       September 11, 2017 (Monday) - September 30, 2017 (Saturday)
▼Event period               October 1, 2017 (Sunday) - October 31, 2017 (Tuesday)
▼Eligible participants     All Suntory Group employees (about 38, 000 people)

▼Charitable Organizations
(1) charity: water (US)
Overview: A non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries
Area of operation: Africa, Asia, Central and South America

(2) The Nature Conservancy (US)
Overview: A non-profit organization working to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people
Area of operation: North America, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia

(3) Organizations Managing National Parks Specified by the Ministry of the Environment (Japan)
Overview: Organizations which, based on the law, manage national parks specified by the Minister of the Environment as natural environments representative of Japan
Area of operation: National parks in Japan

▼Donation amount         For first ranking charity                   $80,000 USD (about \8.7 million)
                                        For second ranking charity             $70,000 USD (about \7.6 million)
                                        For third ranking charity                  $50,000 USD (about \5.5 million)
                                        Total amount                                   $200,000 USD (about \21.8million)

  • Suntory’s Health Management
    Suntory Group has been promoting health management since 2016. In Japan, we have started “Suntory Health-Ma Challenge”, which includes health camps, seminars, health mileage*3 and other programs, to ensure proactive and continuous health promotion, with the objective of improving the lifestyle of each employee.
    Moreover, in fall 2016, Suntory Beverage & Food Limited developed and introduced the “Suntory GREEN+”*4 points service linked to vending machines and smartphone applications, to support the company’s health management. A first in the vending machine industry, this service has been receiving a lot of appreciation.
    *3 A system that allows employees to accumulate points on a portal site for their endeavors toward health promotion (radio exercise or walking) and working style reform (obtaining paid leaves etc.). The accumulated points can be redeemed for prizes.
    *4 A point service for vending machines available in our offices. Employees receive points when they buy from the vending machines or walk. They can accumulate these points and exchange them for FOSHU beverages.
  • Suntory’s Environmental Management
    The company’s environmental management is driven by its corporate mission of “To create Harmony with People and Nature” and corporate tagline of “Follow Your Nature.” We undertake various activities in Japan, such as forest preservation in “Natural Water Sanctuaries,” reduction in the weight of containers and packaging, and Suntory Mizuiku – education program for nature and water. We have also been contributing forest conservation activities at the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Kentucky and Suntory Mizuiku – education program at Vietnam.

About Suntory Holdings Limited:
Suntory Group is among the world's leading consumer products companies, with $24.3 billion in annual sales. We offer a uniquely diverse portfolio of beverage products enjoyed by millions around the world: from award-winning Japanese whiskies Yamazaki and Hibiki, The Premium Malt's beer, and iconic American spirits Jim Beam and Maker's Mark to non-alcoholic favorites Orangina, Lucozade, and Ribena. Suntory also produces wellness products and operates a flower business.

Founded as a family-owned business in 1899 in Osaka, Japan, Suntory Group has grown into a multi-national corporation, with operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania. We are driven by Yatte Minahare – the spirit of bold ambition – and our 38,000 employees worldwide draw upon our unique blend of Japanese artisanship and global tastes to explore new product categories and markets.

Learn more about Suntory Group, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility at www.suntory.com, on facebook.com/SuntoryGlobal or @SuntoryGlobal on Twitter. 

About Beam Suntory Inc.
As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith gin, and Midori liqueur.  

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.