To provide safe, secure products and services, the Asahi Group promotes CSR procurement in accordance with laws, the Asahi Group Sustainable Procurement Principles and internal guidelines.
A water risk survey identified the need to survey risks on site. Since 2017, the Asahi Group has interviewed suppliers about water risks when conducting quality audits.
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Quality audits were conducted at a total of 114 plants from 2017 to 2020, and the following responses were obtained.
If any water risk is clearly shown to exist, we will take appropriate measures in accordance with specifics of the risk and social circumstances.
The Asahi Group conducts its Supplier CSR Questionnaire to learn about the CSR initiatives taken by our suppliers and acts to address any issues that are identified.
Asahi Group Holdings joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in December 2016 and became a full member of this group in
July 2019 with the aim of being able to take environmental, human rights and other issues into account
when procuring palm oil.
In addition, from 2019, we have been purchasing certified credits under the Book and Claim certification method for some of the palm oil procured by the Group, and Asahi Group Foods plans to purchase certified credits for 25% of its total palm oil procurement in 2021. We will continue our efforts to procure sustainable palm oil in accordance with the Asahi Group Sustainable Procurement Principles.
In January 2021, Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. acquired a forest certification (FSC® CoC) for its use of cardboard. This is a certification of sustainable forest management. There are two categories of forest certification: FM (forest management) and CoC (chain of custody). The former certifies forest management while the latter certifies the processing and distribution of forest products produced by a certified forest. Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd., Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. and Asahi Group Foods, Ltd. have partnered with each other to acquire a group certification. In the future, more paper-based products will be certified.
In order not to take advantage of our superior position in business over others, the Asahi Group takes meticulous care not to unfairly act in a manner that corresponds to the items listed below in the context of normal business habits.
The Asahi Group is committed to full compliance with the Guidelines Concerning Abuse of Superior Bargaining Position under the Antimonopoly Act from the Japan Fair Trade Commission (updated June 16 2017).
The Asahi Group has a Procurement Clean Line System for its suppliers and parties who wish to transact with the Group. The Procurement Clean Line System enables our suppliers and their employees, or parties who may wish to become our suppliers to report incidents where employees of the Asahi Group act in a manner contrary to the Asahi Group Sustainable Procurement Principles, or when they are involved in activities that appear not to comply with the law or social ethics. The system helps the Asahi Group build solid relationships with suppliers based on trust and long-term cooperation. In 2020, no incidents were reported under this system.