Since the Earth was came into being, it has given life over this long period of time to many different living things, including humans, which have survived due to their links with each other. The countless bounty that is provided by this biodiversity (ecosystem) is what supports our life and corporate activities.
For us to continue enjoying the bounty of biodiversity into the future, all of us who make up society must work together to protect biodiversity, and use this bounty in a sustainable manner so that it is not exhausted. As a part of society, businesses are also expected to take on important roles.
The Preservation of Biodiversity, which was adopted as a world treaty along with the Prevention of Global Warming at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, is an essential theme for the preservation of the balance of our ecosystem on earth.
To practice business activities that show sensitivity to biodiversity, the Asahi Group has put together philosophies and principles that will serve as the foundation of its biodiversity preservation activities. In March 2010, the Asahi Group has formulated and announced the Declaration on Biodiversity as the first of its kind in the domestic alcohol industry.
Each of Earth's diverse living things has its own role–and all live together in balance, depending on one another. Each of the things we need for our daily lives–including clean air and water, or delicious food and drink–are the gifts of nature, provided to us by the diversity of life. Because the business activities of the Asahi Group make use of nature's gifts, such as water and grain, we respect the diversity of life and work to preserve nature's bounty, nurturing it and passing it on to future generations.
*The “Declaration on Biodiversity” of the Asahi Group was formulated with reference to the Declaration on Biodiversity of the Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)
Regarding its agricultural raw materials, the Asahi Group evaluates the environmental risks related to farm products and the places they come from. Three different impacts are evaluated: (1) the impact of climate change, (2) the impact on water resources (water risk survey), and (3) impact on biodiversity.
The Asahi Forest (Japanese Only) owned by Asahi Breweries, Ltd. encompasses more than 2,000 hectares and includes about a dozen large and small forests around Shobara City and Miyoshi City in Hiroshima. The Asahi Group has defined three principles with the goal of facilitating compliance with the Declaration on Biodiversity, and the ten activities of its Basic Principles for the Conservation of Biodiversity. The principles and activities are guidelines for the Asahi Group’s management of Asahi Forest. All of the mountains of Asahi Forest are designated by the Forest Act as headwaters conservation forests and some of the forests are designated as beech forest nature conservation areas, a part of the Kannosekyo Prefectural Nature Park, or other designation.
The Asahi Group is working to reduce air pollutants of NOx (nitrogen oxides) and SOx (sulfur oxides).
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In addition to properly monitoring and managing the volume of substances that fall under the PRTR Law, the Asahi Group formulated the Standards for Handling Reagents and Standards for Handling Poisonous and Deleterious Substances to carefully control the receiving, use and disposal of reagents designated by the Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act used to check the quality of our products.
No major leakage accidents of chemical substances occurred in FY2020.
The Asahi Group set up dikes surrounding all inlets and storage tanks for cleansing agents and other chemicals used during the manufacturing process at our breweries and factories to prevent soil contamination. To provide additional safeguard against any possible leakage of these liquids from tanks and other areas, the Asahi Group has established a system for ensuring the liquids are treated as wastewater by its in-house wastewater processing facility.
The Asahi Group conducts soil contamination research appropriately when it is necessary.