Beam Suntory spirits releases 2022 sustainability report

Claims progress in key areas 

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Beam Suntory is a well-known name in premium spirits with brands such as Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark.

Beam Suntory, a well-known name in premium spirits with brands such as Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark,has announced the release of its 2022 sustainability report that highlights the company’s sustainability strategy and targets.

The company says it has achieved impact across three pillars: nature positive, consumer positive and community positive. The report highlights key milestones, including a 10% reduction in water usage rate across the company’s operations, an increase in shipped volume including on-pack nutritional data, and advancements in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), the company said.

“At Beam Suntory, we have an ambition to become the world’s most admired premium spirits company, which includes being a global leader in sustainability and responsibility,” said Albert Baladi, president and chief executive officer at Beam Suntory. “Making a positive impact through our business and our brands is core to who we are, and in 2022, we continued to invest across our focus areas, making industry-leading strides in water conservation, regenerative agriculture and forestry, and confirming us an Equal Pay Employer from our second voluntary pay equity study.”

Beam Suntory says it is committed to operating as a responsible business that is actively contributing to a more sustainable, equitable future. 

The company says it reduced water usage by 10% across operations through continued investments, including closed-loop cooling systems at its Clermont and Booker Noe distilleries in Kentucky.

It invested over $400 million to expand production at its Booker Noe distillery to increase capacity by 50% while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by the same percentage. It says it planted 197,000 trees, partnering at the local level to support reforestation efforts and further important research on wood for bourbon barrels.

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