Communication with Stakeholders

Communication with Major Stakeholders

Asahi Group will contribute to the development of a sustainable society by way of business activities throughout the world. We will think together of the actions we can take to achieve the objective with all the people who surround us and will act accordingly.

Main Stakeholders Content Communication Policy Main Contact Opportunities
Employees The greatest source of growth of the Asahi Group is the growth of its employees. The personality, human rights and individuality of each person working at the Asahi Group are respected and support is being enhanced so that staff can engage in challenges and maintain work/life balance. We are endeavoring to build an environment where employees are full of life when they work and are able to develop their abilities.
Consumers At the Asahi Group, products are manufactured and sold to all generations of society, from babies to elderly individuals. We consider it of high importance to use various methods to create opportunities for dialogue with consumers. We strive to engage in dialogues with the consumers in which the outcome will be reflected in our products and services in conjunction with our active provision of appropriate information.
Society The Asahi Group has developed business not only in Japan, but also overseas. In each region, it contributes to regional development as a member of society, respecting the culture, history and customs of each area. As a member of the society, we are striving to participate in active communication and local activities in order to contribute to the local development.
Partners Asahi Group procurement activities have expanded the supply chain throughout the world so that effects are being exhibited extensively. We hope to contribute to solving social problems with the cooperation of all suppliers. We endeavor to share information and engage in educational activities with our partners to proceed with the initiatives undertaken for social responsibilities.
Shareholders The number of shareholders in the Asahi Group is 98,099 (as of the end of December, 2017) and approximately 3,000 shareholders participated in the general meeting of shareholders. We place high importance on maintaining opportunities for dialogue with shareholders and investors using various methods. We will not limit information disclosure that pertains only to the various laws and regulations, but will voluntarily and in a fair manner disclose any information that we feel it to be necessary.
  • General meeting of shareholders
  • Financial results briefing
  • Briefings for individual investors
  • “Asahi Super Report” for shareholders

Support for External Initiatives

The Asahi Group is working with our stakeholders through participation in various organizations such as industry forums, international organizations, NPOs, and NGOs.

Supporting the United Nations Global Compact


The Asahi Group was the third Japanese company to express support for The United Nations Global Compact in June 2002.

The Global Compact was proposed by the then Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan on January 31st, 1999 at the World Economic Forum, and he requested individual corporations to support and practice the ten principles in the four areas pertaining to human rights, labor standards, the environment, and corruption prevention within their scope of influence. Its aim is to bring about a proactive change to the world by complying with and practicing these rules as individual corporations execute their business.
As a member of the Global Compact Network Japan, the Asahi Group participates in subcommittees on SDGs, ESG issues, CSV, WEPs, Human Rights Education, and Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD), and is working together with other leading Japanese companies to realize the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact.

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

Human Rights
  • Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
  • Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
  • Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
  • Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
  • Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
  • Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  • Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  • Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
  • Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Supporting SDGs

The Asahi Group supports Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In 2015, more than 150 member nations of the United Nations adopted “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” for its post-2015 development agenda. This agenda is an action plan proclaiming the goals that should be achieved by 2030 for the sake of humanity, our Earth, and prosperity. The agenda comprises 17 SDGs and 169 targets. The Asahi Group contributes towards achieving these SDGs through our efforts under our CSR key themes.

17Goals To Transform Our World
Related Information

Participation in CSR-Related Organizations

Our participating organizations
  • UN Global Compact
  • Council for Better Corporate Citizenship (CBCC)
  • Japan Platform (JPF)
  • Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB)
  • International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD)
  • Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation
  • Japan TCGF
  • Nippon Association of Consumer Specialists
  • Association of Consumer Affairs Professionals (ACAP)
  • Japan Food Safety Management Association
Expenditure into our participating organizations
Objectives Expenditures Amounts (millions)
2014 2015 2016 2017
Measures against alcohol-related problems IARD and others 183 232 254 263
Coexistence in harmony with economic activities and sustainability UN Global Compact and others 3.4 3.4 6.4 7.4