Annual walking event includes 38,000 employees worldwide
Suntory Group is holding its second-annual “One Suntory Walk,” a health & wellness event during the month of October. The Japan-based company’s global employee base of 38,000 people are invited to join, and support one of three environmental charities: Charity: Water, World Wide Fund for Nature, or Japan’s Ministry of Environment.
Last year, the participants walked nearly 1.2 billion steps, donating $200,000 (approximately ¥22 million)*1 to three charities.
The Suntory Group promotes a culture of health and wellness, understanding that the source of its competitiveness lies in the passion and productivity of its employees. One Suntory Walk will raise health awareness and help employees cultivate fitness habits while competing for the charities of their choice. Steps will be logged FitSAP, a multilingual cloud app developed by SAP Japan Co., Ltd.
*1 $1 = ¥110
– Details –
▼ Event name One Suntory Walk
▼ Schedule October 1 to October 31, 2018.
▼ Eligible participants All Suntory Group employees (about 38,000 people)
▼ Charitable organizations
(1) Charity: Water (US)
Overview: A non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries
Area of operation: Africa, Asia, Central and South America
(2) World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) (Switzerland)
Overview: WWF is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
Areas of operation: Active in more than 100 countries.
(3) National park management organizations, etc. designated by the Ministry of the Environment (Japan)
Overview: Organizations that manage national parks, designated as famous Japanese natural environments by the minister of the environment, according to laws
Area of operation: National parks in Japan
▼ Donation amounts Charity with most steps $80,000 USD (about ¥8.8 million)
Charity with second-ranking steps $70,000 USD (about ¥7.7 million)
Charity with third-ranking steps $50,000 USD (about ¥5.5 million)
Total amount $200,000 USD (about ¥22 million)
● Suntory’s Health and Productivity Management
The Suntory Group started health and productivity management in 2016, and is strongly promoting it with the view that the source of its competitiveness as a company lies in the health (mental and physical) and dynamism of its employees.
We promote health in various ways through our lifestyle diseases prevention initiative, entitled “Suntory Health Challenge,” such as walking, health camps, various types of seminars, and Health Mileage. Other measures include physical examination subsidies for family members. From October 2018, we will introduce to a few areas in Japan, a new health policy under which family members of employees*2 aged 75 and older can undergo medical treatment at home. And, the company will also start providing online health advice to employees*2 aged under 40 who are at risk for lifestyle diseases.
Moreover, in autumn 2016, Suntory Beverage & Food Limited developed and introduced the “Suntory GREEN+”*3 points service linked to vending machines and smartphone applications, to support the company’s health and productivity management. A first in the vending machine industry, this service has been receiving a lot of appreciation.
*2 Employees of Suntory Holdings Limited and Suntory Beverage & Food Limited
*3 A point service for vending machines available in our offices, which allows employees to buy, walk, accumulate, and exchange points for FOSHU beverages.
● Suntory’s Environmental Management
Through “Mizu To Ikiru” Suntory Group’s corporate promise, the company implements water-related initiatives globally—including activities to preserve and regenerate nature—based on the Group’s common Sustainable Water Philosophy. Efforts in Japan include the Natural Water Sanctuary (forest-conservation activities for water resource cultivation) and the Suntory Mizuiku-Natural Water Education Program to convey the importance of water to future generations. Overseas, the Suntory Group works with local partners and other parties to resolve water-related challenges in each region.