Food, beverage, alcohol and pharmaceuticals manufacturer
Kirin's main businesses include alcohol, soft drinks, pharmaceuticals and food. Japan's largest brewer. Kirin bought Australian dairy & juice company National Foods in 2007, and Dairy Farmers in late 2008, and the 54% of Lion Nathan (Australia's #2 brewer) it didn't already own in 2009. While Kirin is an independent company, it is part of Japan's largest "keiretsu", Mitsubishi Group.
|Kirin Holdings Company Ltd||JPN||website|
|Kirin Holdings Company Ltd|
This company received a score of 49.8/100 in the Newsweek Green Rankings 2012, which ranks the world's largest publicly traded companies on their environmental footprint, management (policies, programs, initiatives, controversies) and reporting practices, using data from Trucost and Sustainalytics.
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This company has Creating Shared Value claims on its website
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As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: adopt a science-based emissions reduction target; report climate change information in mainstream reports as a fiduciary duty.
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The United Nations Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of 10 values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption. However it's non-binding nature has been widely criticised, and many signatory corporations continue to violate the Compact's values.
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Kirin acquired Fraser & Neave's 55% stake in Myanmar Brewery in 2015. Prior to this the brewery operated as a joint venture between Fraser & Neave and a Burmese state-owned enterprise, and generated significant income for the oppressive Burmese regime (which ended in 2011).
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Directly involved in the manufacture, distribution or sale of alcohol as a core business.
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USA biotech company Hematech Inc. genetically modify cattle for human antibody production. Hematech was previously a subsidiary of Kirin's pharmaceutical division (Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co) until Dec 2012 when it was acquired by Sanford Health and rebranded Sanford Applied Biosciences, LLC.
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|Company Structure||Public company|
|Revenue||US$21.4 billion in 2013|
|# Employees||39,922 in 2013|
|Subsidiaries||Kirin Brewery Company Ltd
Lion Pty Ltd
- Lion Beer, Spirits & Wine Pty Ltd
- Lion Dairy & Drinks Pty Ltd
- Lion Beer, Spirits & Wine NZ
San Miguel Brewery Inc (48% owned)
- San Miguel Brewing International Ltd
Products / BrandsLion Beer, Spirits & Wine Australia
5 Seeds Cider
Bare Cove Radler Beer
Blue Bitter Beer
Blue Ice Beer
Carbine Stout Beer
Classic Blonde Beer
Eumundi Lager Beer
Ice Beer Beer
Inner Circle Premix Spirits
Iron Jack Beer
James Boag's Beer
James Squire Beer
James Squire Cider
Little Creatures Beer
McKenna Premix Spirits
Orchard Crush Cider
Red Bitter Beer
West End Beer
White Rabbit Beer
Lion Dairy & Drinks
Lion Beer, Spirits & Wine NZ
San Miguel Brewing Intl
San Miguel Beer (imported)
Kirin buys Lion Nathan
18th Sep 2009 — (AUST >> FOREIGN) Japanese brewing giant Kirin bought the 54 per cent of Lion Nathan it didn't already own in a $3.4 billion deal. Lion Nathan is Australia's #2 brewer, after Fosters. Kirin recently bought National Foods and Dairy Farmers, and will combine them with Lion to create Lion Nathan National Foods Pty Ltd, which will be the largest supplier to Australian supermarkets. [source]
Kirin buys National Foods/Berri from San Miguel
8th Nov 2007 — Australia's largest dairy company, National Foods, operates in the milk, dairy foods and juice production industries. It was taken over by San Miguel, Phillipino beer giant in 2005, and sold to the Japanese food and drinks giant Kirin Holdings for $2.8 billion in 2007. Kirin owns 46% of Australia's 2nd largest brewer, Lion Nathan. [source]