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Kagome Group Water Policy

The Kagome Group uses large amounts of water in the cultivation of crops that serve as the raw ingredients for products as well as in the processing stage. While Japan has relatively abundant water resources, there are also regions in the world facing serious water shortages. For this reason, it is essential to reduce water stress as best as we can.
Kagome is implementing sustainable measures tailored to each region to preserve the water resources in regions where it operates.

Kagome Group Water Policy
  • 1.The Kagome Group and its major suppliers understand water-related risks.
  • 2.The Kagome Group and its major suppliers strive to reduce water intake and use water efficiently to protect local water resources.
  • 3.The Kagome Group and its major suppliers clean used water before returning it to the local communities.
  • 4.Factories in areas where water-related risks are high take measures for water that are appropriate for the local areas.

Assessing and Responding to Water Risks

The Kagome Group's overseas plants and major suppliers are assessing water-related risks at each location utilizing WRI Aqueduct provided by World Resources Institute (WRI). The findings are shared with overseas plants and regions with high water risks are identified given the actual condition. Consequently, we have noticed that out of eight overseas plants of the Kagome Group, our plant in Australia is at high risk for drought and heavy rain.
Meanwhile, there is no manufacturing location with particularly high water-related risks within Japan.
At Kagome Australia Pty Ltd., major damage to tomato crops occurred due to heavy rain in April 2017. Following investigation of past data, with the risk for heavy rain being high in the later part of April, we have been cultivating tomatoes outside of the high risk period starting in 2018 in order to adapt to climate change. Since there is also risk of drought in Australia, the water used at our plants in the winter is placed into a dammed reservoir and then supplied to nearby farmers in the spring. This forms part of our efforts for water recycling.

Reservoir dam of Kagome Australia Pty Ltd.
Reservoir dam of Kagome Australia Pty Ltd.

CDP Water Security Evaluation Result

CDP is an international non-profit organization that evaluates corporations for their initiatives on climate change and water. Evaluations are conducted according to the eight scores of A, A-, B, B-, C, C-, D, and D-. Kagome received a score of A for CDP Water Security in 2021.


Reducing Water Intake

Kagome Group's Water Intake and Discharge

Unit: thousand tons
Business locations 2019 2020 2021
Water intake Water discharge Water intake Water discharge Water intake Water discharge
Japan 3,137 2,889 3,111 2,654 3,067 2,719
United States 241 148 212 12 268 183
Portugal 3,641 2,977 3,673 2,889 4,002 2,948
Australia 322 322 358 358 330 330
Italy 82 71 61 51 91 74
Taiwan 75 47 103 61 110 68
Total 7,498 6,132 7,517 5,666 7,868 6,323

Reducing Water Usage at Domestic Plants

Promotion of Efficient Water Use and Recycling

Since a large amount of water is used at Kagome's plants to clean agricultural produce as raw ingredients and to cool products, we are promoting the efficient use and recycling of water to cut back on water usage.

Trends in Water Usage
Trends in Water Usage

Water Quality Preservation

We are benefiting the community by installing a wastewater treatment facility at each plant, which treats water used at the plants to the standard determined by law before releasing it into rivers. In addition, in areas where our plants operate that have water quality preservation ordinances* in place, we strive to observe these standards in order to conserve the water environment.
*Drainage standards in Kasumigaura and Kitaura waterways of Ibaraki Prefecture
The 8th Total Volume Reduction Plan in Aichi Prefecture

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