Environmental Achievements

Material Balance

Total Environmental Burden generated with Business Activities

The Asahi Group seeks to grasp the environmental burden that is generated as a result of its business activities and takes initiatives to reduce the environmental burden.

Material Balance (Domestic Asahi Group companies) Target period: January - December 2017
Material Balance (Asahi Group) Target period: January - December 2016

Environmental Accounting

Scope of aggregation: Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd., Calpis Co., Ltd.
Target period: 2015, 2016, 2017 (all from January 1 to December 31)

Environmental Preservation Cost 2015 2016 2017
Classification Content of major
initiatives
Investment amount
(million yen)
Amount of cost
(million yen)
Investment amount
(million yen)
Amount of cost
(million yen)
Investment amount
(million yen)
Amount of cost
(million yen)
  1. Cost incurred by business areas
    (The environmental preservation cost to hold down the environmental burden
    that is generated within the area of businesses as a result of main business activities)
773 6,461 2,100 7,756 2,239 6,552
Breakdown (1) Pollution
prevention cost
Atmospheric pollution,
water quality pollution
prevention activity, maintenance and inspection of
pollution prevention equipment,
analysis and measurement of
atmosphere and water quality
388 2,370 846 3,151 653 2,474
(2) Global environment
preservation cost
Prevention of Ozone layer destruction
(elimination of CFC),
energy-saving activities
233 1,851 631 1,850 953 1,771
(3) Resource circulation cost Recycling of waste
generated at factories,
recycling promotion activity,
installation of waste processing
equipment
152 2,240 623 2,755 633 2,307
  1. Upstream and downstream cost
    (The environmental preservation cost to hold down the environmental burden that is generated upstream or downstream of the main business activities due to those activities)
Promotion and support of recycling activity
(e.g. commission fee for the reuse of containers and wrapping as products)
Green purchase, purchasing of green electricity
0 537 0 577 - 549
  1. Managing
    activity cost
    (The environmental preservation cost concerning management activities)
Maintenance of ISO 14001/EA21
Implementation of environmental audit,
implementation of environmental education
0 730 0 649 - 428
  1. Research and
    development cost
    (The environmental preservation cost within research and development activity)
Research and development in relation to the environment 87 248 73 280 32 177
  1. Social
    activity cost
    (The environmental preservation cost concerning social activities)
Environmental beautification activities,
pollution charges,operational cost of Asahi Forest,
donation to and advertisement of environmental protection organizations, etc.
2 321 1 324 - 220
  1. Environmental
    damage cost
    (Cost in response to environmental damage)
0 0 0 0 - -
Total value 862 8,297 2,174 9,586 2,271 7,926
Economic Effect as a Result of Measures Taken for Environmental Preservation 2015 2016 2017
Content of effect Amount
(million yen)
Amount
(million yen)
Amount
(million yen)
Total amount of sales of valuable items due to recycling of waste 302 287 291
Amount of expenditure reduction due to energy saving policies 260 196 104

Environmental Audits

The Asahi Group has external environmental audits conducted by external certification bodies based on ISO 14001 or the Eco Action 21 environmental management system. Internal environmental audits by internal audit teams are also conducted periodically in the individual business units in Japan.
Apart from these audits, internal environmental audit teams from the Head Office periodically conduct head office environmental audits to confirm that appropriate environmental activities are carried out in each business unit and brewery.

Head Office Environmental Audits (2017)

Audit Scope (Domestic)
Group CompaniesAsahi Breweries, Ltd.
The Nikka Whisky Distilling Co., Ltd.
Asahi Breweries Malt Co
Nadaman Co., Ltd.
Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.
Calpis Co., Ltd.
Asahi Soft Drinks SalesCo., Ltd.
Asahi Midori Sales Co., Ltd.
Asahi Orion Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.
Asahi Group Foods, Ltd.
Nihon FD Co., Ltd.
Asahi Calpis Wellness CO., LTD.
Audit Results
Follow-through requiring more than improvement50 cases
Major follow-through issuesImproper waste-related (contracts, manifests etc.) management methods: 27 cases
Improper environmental facility (wastewater processing etc.) management methods: 4 cases
Other improper environmental law-related response/management: 19 cases

Occurrence of large-scale accidents

At Asahi Group, there were no occurrences of large-scale accidents concerning the environment in fiscal 2017.
No official complaints related to the environment have been received through contact points etc. at the Asahi Group.

  • Number of large-scale accidents: 0

Environmental Awards and Certifications

Over the years, the Asahi Group has received various environment-related awards and certifications. In 2016, we also acquired financial rating from the perspective of the degree of environmental management.

Highest environmental ranking by the Development Bank of Japan

Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd was rated at the top level in the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) environmental ranking scheme for the second year in a row in recognition of “excellent environmental initiatives and strategies.” It also received a Special Commendation as an outstanding model enterprise–its first Special Commendation.

DBJ

Selected as an index component of DJSI for the 11th consecutive year

In 2018, Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. was selected as an index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia/Pacific Index, one of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). The DJSI is a global social responsibility index (SRI). This is the 11th consecutive year since 2008 that Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. has been selected as an index component of the DJSI Asia/Pacific.
A total of 150 companies (including 75 Japanese companies) from the Asia/Pacific region as the target area were selected as components of the DJSI Asia/Pacific. Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. was the only company from the beverages sector to be selected.

Selected as a component member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the ninth consecutive year
Company Organizing Body Date Details
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. Nikkei Inc. December 2018 Won the 2018 Nikkei Global Environmental Technology Award of Excellence for the development of power generation technologies using a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and wastewater from breweries
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) January 2018 Top rank in DBJ Environmental Ranking
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. CDP October 2017 Selected for Leadership level in CDP Climate Change Report (Japanese only)
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. CDP October 2017 Selected for Leadership level in CDP Global Water Report
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. DJSI RobecoSAM September 2017 Selected for the tenth consecutive year as a component member of the DJSI, a social responsibility index. (Japanese only)
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. FTSE Russell July 2017 Added to FTSE Blossom Japan Index companies (Japanese only)
Asahi Soft Drinks, Co., Ltd. Japan Institute of Design Promotion October 2017 Awarded two Good Design Prizes: for Mitsuya Cider 1.5-l PET bottle made from 100% bio materials, and Calpis Water 500-ml bottle for its packaging esthetic. Commended for container forming technology that achieved eco-friendliness, esthetics, and easy-to-hold shape. (Japanese only)