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Cooperation with Stakeholders

Kirin Group Stakeholders

The Kirin Group believes that customers, shareholders and investors, employees, communities, business partners, and the environment are stakeholders common to all Kirin Group companies. To realize the Kirin Group’s unique CSV, through our businesses, we treasure these relationships with stakeholders and aim to co-create new value.

Philosophy on Working with Business Partner

Our Goal

From the time R&D begins until the moment customers purchase our products, every stage of the Kirin Group’s value chain is supported by business partners. Their active involvement in promoting CSV is essential for us to work toward making a sustainable society a reality.
The Kirin Group builds relationships with business partners based on the following three guiding principles and strives to achieve a sustainable society.

We treat all our business partners reasonably and with an open heart as a basis for developing a fair and equitable relationship with each one of them.
We solicit from all our business partners their understanding and support for our efforts in promoting CSR
We work closely with our business partners to offer customers safe, reliable, and high-quality products and services with clear value propositions.

In particular, we define Human Rights and Labor Practices, as well as Fair Operating Practices as key themes of our CSV, and we remain committed to them.

Stakeholder Engagement

Establishment of “Our CSV Commitment”

A discussion on the social issues that the Group should seek to address took place at a June 2016 meeting of the Group CSV Committee* between the president & CEO of Kirin Holdings, who chairs this committee, and the presidents of major Group companies. It was based on this discussion that we defined the priority themes for the Group’s initiatives. Subsequent discussions were at operating companies and relevant units to complete “Our CSV Story” and “Our CSV Commitment.” International guidelines were referenced to incorporate a social perspective while Group CSV representatives met with external experts. The input gained through these meetings was reflected in “Our CSV Commitment.”

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To support the Kirin Group’s proactive and independent CSV initiatives, the Group CSV Committee meets once a year in principle, with the meeting chaired by the president & CEO of Kirin Holdings.

■ Input from External Experts

Alcohol-related problems:
It will be important to verify the effectiveness of the initiatives implemented to date. It would be best for the Company’s programs to be able to formulate measures and provide education based on issues identified through communication with patients and healthcare professionals.

Health and well-being:
The Kirin Group’s initiatives are a beneficial undertaking for addressing the issue of rising healthcare expenditures, which is a shared concern faced by the entire world.

Community engagement:
Would it not be possible to go beyond simply procuring Japanese hops and wine grapes for use in Kirin products to create sustainable businesses from the perspectives of sightseeing and other aspects of regional development?

External experts:
Mariko Kawaguchi, Chief Researcher, Research Division, Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd.
Hideto Kawakita, CEO, International Institute for Human, Organization and the Earth (IIHOE)
Kirin Group representatives:
Seiichi Hashimoto, Senior Executive Officer in Charge of CSV Strategy, Kirin Holdings Company, Limited
Masaya Hayashida, Executive Officer & General Manager, CSV Management Department, Kirin Company, Limited
Hiroyuki Morita, Director, CSV Management Section, Kirin Holdings Company, Limited (As of December 2016)

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