February 17, 2017
Global Water Summit
Do you know where your water comes from?
Kenji Naiki, Suntory's Senior General Manager for environmental sustainability strategy, addressed the importance of water at The Nature Conservancy's Global Water Summit as he spoke about how Suntory believes in coexisting with nature.
Kenji presented during the Summit's "Passion and Purpose: Inspiring Change Through Media" session. Other speakers included experts from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and like-minded companies, scientists, authors and filmmakers who discussed how effective storytelling can bring people together to protect and conserve our water sources.
Water is essential to all we do at Suntory and we have made it our mandate to protect it. "Water is the foundation of our business - and water depends on a healthy ecosystem," Kenji said at the session. Suntory Group promotes environmental management based on two pillars: preserving and regenerating the natural environment and reducing environmental impact.
That's why Suntory nurtures 20,000 acres of natural water sanctuaries in Japan, creating ecosystems that replenish groundwater and preserve the rich biodiversity in these areas. By 2020, we will generate twice as much water than needed for our plants in Japan through continued expansion of our natural water sanctuaries.
We also run the Suntory Mizuiku - Education Program for Nature and Water. In Japanese, 'Mizu' means water and 'iku' means education. Through the Mizuiku program, we provide the next generation the opportunity to realize the beauty of nature and importance of water and the forests that nurture the groundwater. Participants learn to better appreciate and protect this precious resource so it can be more abundant for future generations.
Kenji shared how Suntory is bringing our approach beyond Japan through our partnership with The Nature Conservancy. Our first collaboration is on TNC's Source of You website as we strive to raise awareness and appreciation for water sources in the United States. This beautiful website allows users to trace the source of their water and learn more about water conservation efforts in their communities. We encourage you to visit the new site and find your source!