Kirin's response to the civil society groups' letter
"Re: Kirin Business Operations in Myanmar", 12 June 2020
Kirin's respect for Human Rights and commitment to Myanmar
Respect for human rights sits at the heart of all of our business activities, including the joint-ventures in Myanmar, MBL and MDL [...].
[...] Kirin signed the joint-venture agreement on the condition that none of the proceeds from the joint-venture would be used for military purposes, and with the belief that through involvement in management of MBL, we could contribute to efforts to address the social and environmental challenges that Myanmar faces.
Kirin's efforts to investigate the findings of the UN report
We initiated this process as a matter of grave importance, because we acknowledged that we have a responsibility to investigate the findings of the UN report. [...] We have therefore met with MEHL in Myanmar on several occasions this year to discuss the findings in the UN report. We have formally and repeatedly requested details of MEHL's financial and governance structures to ascertain whether proceeds from the joint-ventures with MEHL may have been used for military purposes. [...].
Kirin's Charitable Donations and Volunteering Policy
[...] We treated these allegations with utmost seriousness and responded to these concerns in December 2018 by launching a new and robust Charitable Donations and Volunteering Policy to address previous gaps and/or ambiguities, in particular by clearly stating that MBL will provide support only to legitimate social organisations [...]. The new policy also stipulates that the objectives of any such programme must be exclusively humanitarian, and that MBL only support projects that are politically neutral.
In addition to this, we have also committed to a regular internal audit to ensure compliance of the new
Charitable Donations and Volunteering Policy and red-flag areas for improvement.