Effective Use of Resources and Reduction of environmental impact

Waste reduction targets and performance

The Daiichi Sankyo Group defines zero emissions as a final disposal rate representing less than 1% of total amount of waste.
At its plants and research centers, the Group has defined the reduction of waste and more efficient use of resources as important issues. Accordingly, it is pursuing resource savings through efforts such as the reduction of resources used in manufacturing and packaging processes, comprehensive separation of unnecessary and waste materials, reduction of total unnecessary and waste material volume, and resource recycling. Whenever possible, the Group chooses waste disposal firms that recycle thoroughly. We continued to promote resource recycling measures in fiscal 2016. However, the recycling rate (recycled waste ÷ total waste recycled) decreased from 38.0% in fiscal 2015 to 35.0%, due to the production of certain products for which the recycling of resources is difficult.
Each office emphasizes thorough separation of trash and promotes two-side printing on office paper.
The total amount of waste generate and the final disposal volume in fiscal 2016 were down by 934 metric tons and 52 metric tons, respectively, compared with fiscal 2015. As a result, the Group posted a final disposal rate of 0.69% and continued achieve to zero emissions.

Total Waste Generation and Disposal (Group in Japan)

Final Disposal Volume and Rate (Group in Japan)

Recycled Waste and Recycling Rates (Group in Japan)

Waste Generated, Recycled Waste, and Final Disposal Volume (Entire Group)

Promotion of waste compliance

Based on the management policies of the 5-year business plan, we are working to prevent inappropriate disposal of waste. As part of these efforts, we place great importance on verifying compliance with the Waste Disposal Act in the environmental audits at plants, R&D centers, offices, and other sites. In addition, each operating site conducts regular, on-site inspections of waste management contractors as mandated by applicable laws and regulations. Through these inspections, we confirm the status of legal compliance at the contractor, the extent to which they have met contract requirements, their permits and licenses, and conditions regarding disposal procedures.
In fiscal 2016, we introduced electronic manifests at all domestic Group operating sites to reduce risks associated with waste disposal.

Efforts to Reduce Waste

Reduction of office paper use

Owing to our recommendation of two-sided printing and N-up printing and to reducing handout distribution (utilizing computers and projectors), putting up posters for raising awareness regarding the reduction of printing, introducing measures to prevent misprinting by using IC card authentication, and implementing other initiatives, only 53,550,000 sheets of office paper were used in fiscal 2016, a 2.1% reduction compared with fiscal 2015 that also contributed to a decline in printing costs.

Promotion of 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle)

・Promotion of reuse within the office

At the head office area, the Shinagawa R&D Center, and the Kasai R&D Center, collection trays have been set up to promote the reuse of stationery. In addition, both R&D centers recover not only stationery but also reusable devices and equipment, which are displayed in a room dedicated to promoting reused goods. The R&D centers actively announce changes in displays, and mutual usage of displayed items is facilitated between both centers.

・Reuse of recovered organic solvents

At the Odawara Plant of Daiichi Sankyo Chemical Pharma, we reuse recovered organic solvent in manufacturing processes after purifying outside of the company.

・Promotion of recycling

At the Hiratsuka Plant of Daiichi Sankyo Propharma, we perform material recycling of work clothes and latex gloves used in the pharmaceuticals manufacturing process.

Appropriate use of water resources

Water is an important resource that is essential in the production of pharmaceuticals, and we recognize it as one of the ecosystem services that should be used sustainably. In addition to understanding of the risks and challenges associated with water usage and the status of water resources in countries and regions where our offices are located, we take measures including reasonable and efficient usage of water, promotion of water reuse via purification equipment, and reduction in the amounts water used.
The volume of water used by Group companies in Japan in fiscal 2016 totaled 10,986,000 m³, reduction 7.4% compared with fiscal 2015. Moreover, the volume of water used by the entire Group in fiscal 2016 totaled 11,534,000 m³, reduction 7.8% compared with fiscal 2015.
For fiscal 2020, the final year of the 5-year business plan, we have set the target of reducing water usage volumes by 5.0% from the level in fiscal 2015. We will continue to promote appropriate usage of water resources with the aim of achieving this target.
Water use per basic unit of revenue for the entire Group was 12.1 (1,000 m³/billion yen), down 4.8% compared with fiscal 2015.
There are no water resources that are significantly impacted due to water withdrawn by the Group.

Volume of Water Used and Discharged (Group in Japan)

Volume of Water Used and Discharged (Entire Group)