Japanese drinks giant Kirin Holdings will abandon its partnership with a Myanmar brewery part-owned by military generals who overthrew the elected government on February 1 and are under international sanctions for genocide.
The brewer, owner of brands such as XXXX, Tooheys, Kirin and Little Creatures, has been urged for years to cut ties with its Myanmar business operations, with human rights groups alleging its continued part-ownership of two military-linked breweries made it in effect complicit in war crimes committed by the military.This week’s coup has caused the company to abandon operations in the country.
In a statement issued on Friday, Kirin said it was ‘deeply concerned’ by the actions of the military in Myanmar, which are against our standards and Human Rights Policy and would be ‘taking steps as a matter of urgency to put this termination into effect’.
“Given the current circumstances, we have no option but to terminate our current joint-venture partnership with Myanma Economic Holdings Limited, which provides the service of welfare fund management for the military.
We will be taking steps as a matter of urgency to put this termination into effect,” reads the Kirin statement.