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Incorporation of ESG investing indexes

Sapporo Holdings promotes activities under the belief that CSR activities including Environmental (E), Social (S), and Governance (G) will result in long-term corporate growth and profit returns for shareholders.
As of the end of 2017, we are incorporated in the following ESG investment indexes.

FTSE4Good Global Index
(FTSE Russell, the United Kingdom)

FTSE4Good Global Index

The FTSE4Good Global Index was designed to evaluate and promote investments toward companies demonstrating strong Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other existing international standards. The series is the optimal index for ESG investments due to its transparent management and selection standards, and the excellent brand image of the FTSE group.

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FTSE Blossom Japan Index
(FTSE Russell, the United Kingdom)

FTSE Blossom Japan Index

This index is comprised of selected Japanese corporations with excellent ESG scores from those within the FTSE Japan Index of the FTSE4Good index series. It is used as the ESG investment index for the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).

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MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index (MSCI Inc., the United States)

MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index

This index is comprised of companies with excellent ESG scores, from the top 500 aggregate market value brands aiming for 50% of aggregate market value of industrial classification. This selection method alleviates deviation of business categories, which is common when selecting companies with high ESG scores. It is used as the ESG investment index for the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).

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SNAM Sustainability Index (Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Asset Management Co., Ltd., Japan)

SNAM Sustainability Index

Used for Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance's Asset Management operations
This index is a socially responsible investment product geared towards institutional investors/pension funds which invest widely in companies with excellent ESG (environmental, social and governance) scores. It operates on a long-term basis, upon the “SNAM Sustainable Index” which offers an original configuration of investment brands with weight put on ESG scores.

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Awards and commendation history

Award achievements

Received the “Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Award” at the 27th Annual Global Environment Awards

Sapporo Holdings received the “Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Award” at the 27th Annual Global Environment Awards. The award commemorated the technology of “generating bioethanol from cassava tapioca starch”, which was a result of the biomass energy technological development that applied our brewing techniques from our long years of domestic and overseas alcoholic beverage production. Our goal is to contribute towards resolving energy and environmental issues, while disseminating technology for bio energy manufacturing to ASEAN countries, which have large-scale cassava farming.

Certified as an “Excellent Enterprise of Health and Productivity Management-White 500”

Along with Sapporo Holdings and Sapporo Breweries, which had been certified consecutively in 2017 and February 2018, POKKA SAPPORO Food & Beverage and SAPPORO LION have also been certified as an “Excellent Enterprise of Health and Productivity Management-White 500”, in which the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry selects advanced corporations according to health management brands. The Sapporo Group has been going forth with various initiatives for employee health, including “development of a follow-up system after regular checkups through partnerships with industrial physicians”, “development of health promotional measures unique to each operation” and “activities toward improving work environments by applying stress check group analysis reports”. Furthermore, measures to boost lifestyle disease check-up participation with cooperation from the health insurance society, and initiatives such as the online campaign for walking are also being taken. This time’s certification commends how we have been implementing the PDCA cycle for positive initiatives, based on objective data of verified effects of various measures.

“Platinum Kurumin” certification

In 2017, Sapporo Breweries acquired “Platinum Kurumin” certification from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as a top-level corporation offering child rearing support. The company continues to support the physical and mental wellbeing of employees by promoting activities such as super-flexible work times and telecommuting.

Sapporo Breweries received the 2018 JSBBA Award for Achievement in Technological Research

The many years of diverse analysis of hop quality and its application have been commended, along with the “global contribution to stabilizing hop cultivation”, “continuous breeding and development of high-quality hop strains”, and “the diverse analysis of components unique to hops” for the 2018 JSBBA Award for Achievement in Technological Research.

Sapporo Breweries received the 2017 European Brewery Convention Best Poster Award

The research achievements for the uniquely fragrant hop “SORACHI ACE”, created in 1983, was recognized at the European Brewery Convention. This was the third consecutive year for Sapporo Breweries to receive the highest award.

POKKA SAPPORO Food & Beverages received the 2015 JSBBA Award for Achievement in Technological Research

The high AC electric field sterilization method produces an electric sterilization effect along with heating the food object itself by passing electric currents within the food. The synergistic effect creates a technology that efficiently and swiftly sterilizes microorganisms in food.

2017

Received the Industrial Award for Food Immunization (Japanese Association for Food Immunology) for “Verifying the allergy prevention properties of hops and the anti-inflammatory properties of Lactobacillus brevis SBC8803 through fundamental research and undertook clinical studies to pave the way for the practical application of the effects of these materials”

Received the Brewing Society of Japan Technology Award (Brewing Society of Japan) for “Beer proteome analysis for improvement of foam quality, and its application to malting barley breeding”

Received the 2017 JSBBA Topics Award (Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry) for “Identification and characterization of unique flavor compounds contributing to the specific flavor of the Japanese hop Sorachi Ace”

2016

The “Research related to synergistic effects of hop aroma components” received the Brewing Society of Japan Technological Award (Brewing Society of Japan)

2015

Received the JSBBA Award for Achievement in Technological Research (Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry) for “initiatives for foam quality enhancement”

Received the Japanese Society of Breeding Award (Japanese Society of Breeding) for “Cultivation of high-quality beer barley breeds using deletion-mutation lipoxygenase”

Received the Japan Society for Food Engineering Society Award (Japan Society for Food Engineering) for research on the soup manufacturing technology “Development of granulation technique for powdered food products with aqua gas as binders”

2014

Received the Japanese Society of Breeding Encouragement Award (Japanese Society of Breeding) for “Development of selection methods in malting barley breeding based on proteome analysis” in beer barley research. ”

2013

Received the Japan Society for Food Engineering Essay Award (Japan Society for Food Engineering) for ) for research on the soup manufacturing technology “Analysis of fluid bed granulating process of corn starch—affects toward granule growth and fluid bed moisture content by spray pressure and binder supply speed”

2010

Received the Eric Kneen Memorial Award (American Society of Brewing Chemists) for the research on swallowing sensations with beer “Relationship Among Throat Sensation, Beer Flavor, and Swallowing Motion While Drinking Beer”

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