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May 25, 2021

Teaching the Next Generation: Suntory Garuda Beverage Partners with The Ministry of Environment & Forestry on Mizuiku Education Program in Indonesia

Since our founding in 1899, Suntory has been dedicated to realizing our mission of creating harmony with people and nature. This means promoting a sustainable society where enriching people's lives and conserving the natural environment go hand in hand. To further this mission, in 2003, we developed Suntory's Mizuiku Education Program for Nature and Water to teach the next generation about the importance of water and nature. Through this program, students are encouraged to think about what they can do to ensure water is preserved for the future.

In 2019, we collaborated with Suntory Garuda Beverage (SGB) and other local partners to launch the Mizuiku I Love Clean Water initiative in Indonesia. The Indonesian version of the program provides basic knowledge about water, addresses water pollution and how to eliminate it, and explores water preservation efforts that children can contribute to as individuals. Through this, we aim to raise awareness about water conservation and improve access to clean water for thousands of children in Indonesia.

This year, in honor of Earth Day and National Education Day, SGB signed a new partnership agreement with The Ministry of Environment & Forestry (KLHK) of the Republic of Indonesia. This three-year partnership focuses on teaching the next generation about water conservation in schools, organizations, and surrounding communities.

"This partnership agreement with KLHK set a milestone for the Mizuiku program in Indonesia, and it's essential to create a young generation who care about water conservation and the environment," said Ong Yuh Hwang, Chief Executive Officer & President Director at SGB.

Additionally, SGB hosted a series of activities leading up to the announcement of this new partnership:

  • ・On April 20-21, SGB conducted training for 29 selected Mizuiku facilitators to support their work on the Movement for the Care and Cultured Environment in Schools (GPBLHS) program and help integrate the water conservation program into a teaching program plan.
  • ・On April 21, SGB signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Environment & Forestry and the District Government of Gowa to align the Mizuiku program with the GPBLHS program in Adiwiyata schools.
  • ・On April 22, Suntory Japan organized a global webinar for Suntory employees, which discussed the progress of the Mizuiku program in various countries and plans for the program in the coming years.
  • ・On April 23, the Mizuiku program also held a kick-off meeting with 29 elementary schools in Adiwiyata who have committed to implementing the educational program as part of their school curriculum.

At Suntory, we deeply respect the blessings of water and nature - the foundation of our business. We believe it is our responsibility to continue promoting the sustainable use of water resources and are committed to passing down our precious natural environment to future generations.

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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.

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