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Jakarta, Indonesia, 24 March 2021 – Suntory Garuda Beverage (SGB) celebrates World Water Day (WWD) 2021 by highlighting the importance of environmental education at schools to our future generation and give all SGB employees the opportunity to make a commitment to conserving water and converting all commitments to become a donation for clean water. Under the Mizuiku program, series of activities are held to commemorate this year’s world water day to increase awareness and conservation of clean water.

Commemorating WWD 2021, SGB has distributed Mizuiku journal & activity book (to record contribution to preserve water and environment) to more than 3,300 children, throughout 18 elementary schools located in five areas in Indonesia, including in Jakarta, Tangerang, Gowa (South Sulawesi), Banjarbaru (South Kalimantan) dan Sidoarjo (East Java). Meanwhile, for the educators and related government officials, SGB has distributed Mizuiku learning kit which includes a set of posters for water conservation learning and the MizuAdventure board game.

"Mizuiku - I Love Clean Water" is a sustainable program from Suntory in Japan to promote awareness and importance of clean water to children so that they can become agents of change in the preservation of clean water. Mizuiku started in 2004 in Japan and launched in Indonesia in 2019.

Ong Yuh Hwang, Chief Executive Officer & President Director, Suntory Garuda Beveragesaid, “The theme of World Water Day 2021 is valuing water. Water has enormous value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment. Without a comprehensive understanding of blessing of water, we will be unable to safeguard this critical resource for the benefit of everyone. And our Mizuiku program is the precious channel to deliver this understanding to our next generation, our children across Indonesia. Therefore, in addition to sending Mizuiku learning kits to children and schools, we also celebrate WWD 2021 by holding a webinar with Adiwiyata schools.”

Today, SGB held a webinar to discuss school movement plans for water conservation implementation which was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia (KLHK), the Environment Agency (DLH), the Education Office (Diknas), the Association of Indonesian Adiwiyata Activists (HPAI) and school principals, teachers, school committees as well as Adiwiyata members from 29 Mizuiku schools 2020/2021. In total, almost 100 participants joined the webinar.

One of the highlights from the webinar was the presence of Prof. Kamir R. Brata as the inventor of biopore technology who explained how biopore can be implemented in schools.

Prof. Kamir R. Brata, said, "I am very happy to know that elementary school children get an education about making biopores in this Mizuiku program. Biopore is a simple technology that is easy and affordable and can be done by everyone. A simple technology that utilizes the role of organisms in the soil (the activity of soil fauna or plant roots) to form small tunnel holes (pores) in the soil. Biopores are a practical solution for increasing water absorption into the soil, processing organic waste into compost and preventing stagnation of water and flooding.”

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About Suntory Group 

As a global leader in the beverages industry, Suntory Group offers a uniquely diverse portfolio of products from brewed

teas, bottled water, carbonated soft drinks, ready-to-drink coffee and energy drinks as well as health and wellness products. Suntory is home to award-winning Yamazaki, Hibiki and Hakushu, The Premium Malt's, and iconic American classics Jim Beam and Maker's Mark as well as casual favorites Orangina, Lucozade, Ribena, TEA plus, BOSS coffee, Iyemon green tea, and Suntory Tennensui water.

Founded as a family-owned business in 1899 in Osaka, Japan, Suntory Group has grown into a global company operating throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania with an annual revenue (excluding excise taxes) of $21.0 billion in 2019. We are driven by Yatte Minahare - the spirit of bold ambition - and our 40,210 employees worldwide draw upon our unique blend of Japanese artisanship and global tastes to explore new product categories and markets.

As a company that delivers blessings of water and nature to our customers, we are committed to our mission to create harmony with people and nature. Always aspiring to grow for good, we are devoted to giving back to society through protecting water resources, nurturing our communities and fostering the arts.

Learn more about Suntory Group, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility at www.suntory.com, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

About Suntory Beverage and Food (SBF)

Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd (SBF) is a global soft drink company with consolidated revenue of approx. $11.9 billion in 2019. Headquartered in Japan and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange since 2013, SBF is expanding its business with a diverse portfolio of soft drinks and globally integrated platform in five key regions: Japan, Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. SBF’s vision is to enrich our drinking-experiences to be more natural, healthy, convenient, and fulfilling, by leading the next drinks revolution.

SBF is a core company of Suntory Group, which was founded in 1899 with consolidated revenue of approx. $21.0 billion in 2019. For further information please visit http://www.suntory.com/softdrink/index.html

About Suntory Garuda Beverage

Suntory Garuda Beverage (SGB) was established as a joint venture in 2011 between Suntory in Japan and Garuda Food in Indonesia. SGB offers a varied portfolio of beverages, from OKKY jelly drink and Mountea ready-to-drink tea to MYTEA bottled tea and Good Mood water + natural goodness. In line with Suntory group's promise of “Mizu To Ikiru" SGB has worked continuously to expand and enrich its CSR and sustainability programs, focusing on water conservation, plastic waste management and CO2 emission. Our commitment to society includes educational activities such as career talks and factory tours as well as disaster response and various social activities. In February 2019, SGB start pilot program of Suntory "Mizuiku" which teaches younger generations the importance of clean water and conserving water resources. SGB will continue to strive to enrich our customers’ lives by developing innovative new products, sharing our values, bringing benefits to our employees and business partners, and contributing to the communities in which we do business.

SGB currently operates 8 manufacturing plants that are located in Tangerang, Gunung Putri, Pati, Sidoarjo, Lampung, Pekanbaru, Gowa and Banjarbaru.