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Friday, November 15 2019 - 16:00
Suntory Group Joins the Global Plastic Action Partnership
TOKYO, Nov. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- Taking part in a global partnership to combat plastic pollution

Suntory Group today announced that it has joined the Global Plastic Action 
Partnership (GPAP), a global platform that works to effectively and sustainably 
reduce plastic waste and pollution around the world. This partnership will help 
Suntory be part of a more sustainable society while also exercising dynamic 
leadership in the transformation to a circular, post-carbon world.

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"In alignment with our corporate philosophy, 'To create harmony with people and 
nature,' and our promise to stakeholders, 'Mizu To Ikiru' ('living with 
water'), the Suntory Group promotes global sustainability management throughout 
all levels of the company," said Takeshi Niinami, CEO of Suntory Holdings. 
"This includes the recent creation of the company's plastic policy ( 
), where Suntory will transition to producing fully sustainable plastic bottles 
globally by 2030 through switching to recycled or plant-based materials. By 
joining GPAP, we are able to foster a better public-private sector 
collaboration and contribute to a more sustainable society. We continue to 
devote ourselves to technological developments and look for ways to lead our 
peers in the resolution of global issues."

"By joining the Global Plastic Action Partnership, Suntory is taking on an 
important and substantial leadership role in the fight against plastic 
pollution both regionally and globally" said Kristin Hughes, GPAP Director and 
Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. "As a giant in 
the food and beverage industry and one of the most influential brands in the 
Asia-Pacific, Suntory's adoption of sustainable plastic policy signals a clear 
commitment to sustainability and accountability that is being heard across the 
region. Many others in the consumer products space will be looking to Suntory 
for a successful model of how a leading business can integrate sustainability 
into its supply chains, promote the shift toward a circular plastics economy 
and leave a lasting, positive impact on the environment."

GPAP, a global alliance co-founded by a coalition of public and private allies, 
harnesses the convening power of the World Economic Forum to bring together 
governments, businesses and civil society in the transition toward a circular 
economy for plastics. Its diverse network of members includes the governments 
of the United Kingdom and Canada, influential companies and investors, expert 
researchers and civil society organizations. In addition to fostering exchange, 
collaboration and scaling of solutions at the global and regional levels, GPAP 
is initiating pilot partnerships with the governments of Indonesia, Ghana and 
Vietnam to address projects at the national level.

About Suntory Holdings Limited:
Suntory Group is among the world's leading consumer products companies, with 
annual revenue (excluding excise taxes) of $20.4 billion. 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 39,466 
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, on or 
@SuntoryGlobal on Twitter ( 
) and Instagram ( 

About Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP): 
The Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) is a global public-private 
platform for collaboration to help translate political and corporate commitment 
to address plastic pollution into tangible strategies and investible action 
plans. GPAP brings together government, business, civil societies and think 
tanks to stop plastic pollution from source to sea by 2025, by fast-tracking 
circular economy solutions. GPAP is hosted by the World Economic Forum and 
supported by the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom, The Coca-Cola 
Company, Dow, PepsiCo and Nestlé. Learn more about GPAP's vision, governance 
and portfolio of work at and follow GPAP on Twitter at 

SOURCE: Suntory

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