Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation

The Group’s Basic Environmental Management Policy and the Mid-term Environmental Management Policy stipulate that its business activities must consider biodiversity and ecosystem service. The Group has established the Basic Biodiversity Principles and Action Guidelines based on these policies. Moreover, when this was established, the Group surveyed its initiatives on biodiversity, the use of natural resources, and status of efforts to comply with the Cartagena Protocol both in and outside Japan. In addition, the Group assessed the relationship between its business activities and biodiversity and identified issues through an analysis of the Group’s risks and opportunities (Please refer to the diagram “Map of corporate activities and biodiversity” below).
The Daiichi Sankyo Group believes that biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of ecosystem service are essential to perform business. We promote to raise awareness and understanding of employees, as well as to strengthen environment conservation activity in collaboration with the business partner and private groups, to procure materials with less environmental burden, and to socially contribute for biodiversity conservation.

Basic Biodiversity Principles and Action Guidelines

Map of Corporate Activities and Biodiversity

Ecological Footprint

Jointly with experts from the NGO, Global Footprint Network, we assess ecological footprint (EF), an indicator of biodiversity, to examine all environmental burdens in business activities of group companies in Japan. The assessed EF is being utilized as a comprehensive indicator of environmental burdens, including biodiversity, by checking and monitoring the long-term change in the relationship between the reduction of environmental burdens and biodiversity conservation (trade-off) of our group.
In addition, assessing EF has been recognized as an action for achieving the Aichi Target (20 targets) that was adopted at COP10 (the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Nagoya) and registered on the Nijyu-Maru Project as well.

Ecological Footprint

Ecological Footprint

Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation

Conservation for rare species of plants

To preserve the golden orchid (designated as critically endangered Type II in the Japanese Ministry of the Environment’s Red Data Book) and the silver orchid, we have prohibited entry into the forested area of the property at the Tatebayashi Biopharmaceuticals Center where the plant naturally grows (approximately 1,000 m2).

Golden orchid

Golden orchid

Silver orchid

Silver orchid

Implementation of WET testing

In fiscal 2016, we continued to conduct environmental impact assessments using whole effluent toxicity (WET)*1 testing at all domestic plants and R&D centers (9 sites) to assess the impact of the discharged water from operating sites on the ecosystems. These assessments found that the discharged water has no serious impact on aquatic organisms in rivers. In fiscal 2016, we plan to conduct WET testing at all of our plants and R&D centers in Japan, and promote the appropriate management of wastewater and the improvement of discharged water quality.

  • *1 A testing method that utilizes the biological responses of fish, daphnia, and seaweed to determine the whole toxicity of discharged water

Extracing water for the WET test

Extracting water for the WET test