Beam Suntory releases its 2022 Sustainability Report; highlights include reducing water usage rate by 10% across operations through continued investments including closed-loop cooling systems at its Clermont, Booker Noe distilleries in Kentucky

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NEW YORK , June 29, 2023 (press release) –

Report showcases progress in key areas across company’s Proof Positive sustainability strategy

Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits with iconic brands such as Jim Beam® and Maker’s Mark®, today announced the release of its 2022 Sustainability Report, highlighting progress against the company’s long-term Proof Positive sustainability strategy and targets. The report details the company’s impact across three pillars: Nature Positive, Consumer Positive and Community Positive, and 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). 

“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.” 

“Our employees embody our purpose, which is to Inspire the Brilliance of Life. We came together stronger than ever last year – from the more than 12,000 hours we dedicated to worldwide volunteering efforts, to ensuring we’re building a culture of inclusion,” Baladi added.

Beam Suntory is committed to operating as a responsible business that is actively contributing to a more sustainable, equitable future. Our 2022 Sustainability Report highlights progress across each of our Proof Positive pillars, including: 

•   Nature Positive:

  •      o   Reduced water usage rate by 10% across operations through continued investments including closed-loop cooling systems at our Clermont and Booker Noe distilleries in Kentucky.
  •      o  Invested over $400 million to expand production at our Booker Noe distillery to increase capacity by 50% while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by the same percentage.
  •      o  Planted 197,000 trees, partnering at the local level to support reforestation efforts and further important research on wood for bourbon barrels.

•   Consumer Positive:

  •      o  Added macro-nutritional information on the labels of nearly 300 stock keeping units (SKUs) in 2022, following voluntary commitment to disclose nutritional information on packaging.
  •      o  8% of our shipped volume had on-pack nutrition data and symbols and words that warn against driving while intoxicated and underage consumption, in addition to the preexisting warning against drinking while pregnant.

•   Community Positive: 

  •      o  Confirmed as an Equal Pay Employer from the company’s second voluntary global pay equity study.
  •      o  Increased female leadership, with nearly 37% of leadership positions globally being held by women.
  •      o  Launched a supplier diversity program to create economic opportunities for diverse suppliers.

To learn more, read Beam Suntory’s 2022 Sustainability Report here

As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires the brilliance of life by delivering great consumer experiences through its world-class portfolio of brands.  Known for its craftsmanship of premium whiskies, including Jim Beam®, Maker's Mark®, Basil Hayden® and Knob Creek® bourbons; Japanese whiskies, including Yamazaki®, Hakushu®, Hibiki® and Toki™; and leading Scotch brands including Teacher's, Laphroaig® and Bowmore®, Beam Suntory also produces leading brands such as Courvoisier® cognac, Tres Generaciones®, El Tesoro® and Hornitos® tequila, Roku™ and Sipsmith® gin, Canadian Club® whisky, and is a world leader in ready-to-drink cocktails, with brands like -196 and On The Rocks™ Premium Cocktails.

A global company with approximately 6,000 employees in more than 30 countries, one of Beam Suntory's core values is Growing for Good and through its Proof Positive sustainability strategy, the company has committed to ambitious goals and investments to promote environmental sustainability in its operations, ensure the company has a positive impact on the communities where employees live and work, and programs to educate and inform consumers to make the right personal choices about drinking. Headquartered in New York City, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and  

©2023 Beam Suntory, Inc. New York. 


Allison McEneaney 
Senior Director, Global Corporate Communications at Beam Suntory

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