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Kirin Holdings

Kirin Holdings is an integrated beverage company with activities spanning beer, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. All these activities are operated by Kirin Brewery Company, with current key brands including Kirin Lager and Ichiban Shibori. Kirin Holdings was established in 1885 as the Japan Brewery Company. The company recently expanded its operations to include pharmaceuticals and chemicals, mainly providing raw materials to businesses and consumers.

Ranking position
#31 /350
Total score
41.0 /100
Measurement area Score (0-100) Rank (0-350)

Governance and strategy

#1 83.0 /100 #6


#1 50.0 /100 #15


#1 20.0 /100 #93

Social inclusion

#1 39.0 /100 #40
Indicates the score for the top performing company.
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #24

Segment ranking summary

Kirin Holdings ranks 25th out of its peers in the food and beverage manufacturer/processor segment. Its performance is weaker than many of its peers in all measurement areas except governance and strategy. Here, the company demonstrates above-average performance in incorporating sustainable development into its strategy as well as in its governance and accountability mechanisms. Kirin Holdings has initiatives that demonstrate its commitment to environmental and nutrition topics but performs poorly across these measurement areas compared to its peers. While it is not the worst performer, the company has significant room for improvement in the social inclusion measurement area, failing to meet any of the minimum commitments for child labour, forced labour or payment of a living wage. However, Kirin Holdings does demonstrate support for farmer productivity and resilience.

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Core social indicators

The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

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  1. 2023

More about the company

Tokyo, Japan
Food and agriculture revenue USD
Group revenue USD
Onwnership structure
Publicly listed
Number of employees

This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2,000 most influential companies

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