Basic Policy

The Daiichi Sankyo Group recognizes environmental issues, including global warming and extreme weather, as critical challenges affecting our lives and work, and also as risk factors that may impact our long-term business activities. The Group believes that promoting environmental management will lead to a sustainable society and help establish a foundation for its long-term corporate growth.

Daiichi Sankyo Group EHS Policy

The Daiichi Sankyo Group has established a global policy to express its commitment to protecting the environment and ensuring the health and safety of our employees as fundamental corporate responsibilities.

The Daiichi Sankyo Group has implemented EHS initiatives based on the recognition that protecting the environment and ensuring the health and safety of our employees throughout every aspect of its corporate activities constitutes key management issues.

We comply with the related applicable laws and regulations of each country as well as international agreements for protecting the environment and ensuring the health and safety while setting even higher goals that we strive to exceed.
We maintain a management system, in which organizational roles and responsibilities are clearly defined for continuous improvement as a means of thoroughly protecting the environment and ensuring the health and safety of our employees.
We strive to increase the knowledge of our employees through training and educational activities in order to raise their awareness of the need and means for environmental issues and concerns.

We actively communicate information to stakeholders on the Daiichi Sankyo Group‘s efforts to protect the environment and ensure the health and safety of our employees.

Basic Policy

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Promoting Environmental Management

To appropriately address environmental issues, we regard considerations of climate change, water risk, waste issue, and biodiversity as our main sustainability challenges, while taking into account the societal demand and expectations for environmental conservation as well as the relationship with medium- and long-term business activities. Taking these sustainability challenges into consideration, we promote environmental management by establishing the Fourth Medium-term Environmental Management Policy.

Basic Biodiversity Principles and Action Guidelines

Sustainable Procurement

Fourth Medium-term Environmental Management Policy and Goals

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Environmental Management Promotion System

Since the establishment of an Environmental Management Committee in 2007, we have continued to implement environmental conservation activities from a mid-to-long-term perspective. We have conducted these activities by setting out targets for global warming countermeasures, reduction of waste, and others in the Fourth Medium-term Environmental Management Policy and monitoring the progress in accordance with the policy. In April 2019, in order to address the environment, health, and safety issues, as required by the international community, in an integrated manner, we established the Daiichi Sankyo Group EHS Policy and the EHS Management Committee as an organization to oversee the entire group for the purpose of strengthening the EHS management system.
As for the Group’s environmental management promotion system, the EHS Management Committee chaired by the head of the Corporate Affairs Division as the chief executive officer of EHS Management discusses and determines environmental management policies, disclosure in accordance with the TCFD*1 Recommendations, CO2 reduction targets validated by SBTi*2, and other important matters. These matters are undertaken by environmental management units that take business activities into account. The units and each environmental management site manage targets taking into consideration, as necessary, the region and functions.
Environmental management results are reported to the GMC and the Board of Directors every fiscal year.

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  • *1Acronym for Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. It is a task force that was established in December 2015 by the FSB, an international organization participated in by central banks and financial regulators of major countries.
  • *2Acronym for Science Based Targets initiative. An international initiative that encourages companies to set CO2 reduction targets based on scientific evidence in order to help accomplish the goal of the Paris Agreement of keeping the average increase in global temperature below 2°C.

ISO 14001 Certification

Optimization of the environmental management system (EMS)

The Daiichi Sankyo Group promotes the optimization of the EMS in accordance with the Standard for the Daiichi Sankyo Group’s Environmental Management Systems.
Operating (production) sites that use large amounts of energy for manufacturing in Daiichi Sankyo Group have acquired the international standard for the EMS, ISO14001 certification. (See the table below.) We have also acquired ISO14001 certification in a multi-site registration that integrates all production sites of Group companies in Japan in one certification scope.
Furthermore, of our overseas Group companies, the Beijing and Shanghai Plants in China, the Altkirch Plant in France, and the Alphaville Plant in Brazil have acquired ISO14001 certification. In fiscal 2019, we acquired ISO14001 certification for the Pfaffenhofen Plant in Germany, bringing the acquisition rate of the certification at production sites to 87.0% (on a CO2 emissions basis). The other plants are also working to receive certification.
The Daiichi Sankyo Group continues to strive to optimize the environmental systems within the entire Group to reduce environmental impacts and risks throughout all business activities.

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【VOICE】Environmental protection at the Pfaffenhofen Plant

ISO14001 Project Core Team

Daiichi Sankyo Europe GmbH
Pfaffenhofen Plant
ISO14001 Project Core Team

The European production base in Pfaffenhofen, Germany, is the only global production base outside of Japan and makes a huge contribution to the Group’s global production capacity. For us who work in Pfaffenhofen, protecting the environment and managing the environmental impacts of our business operations in a responsible manner are important priorities.
Over the past few years, Daiichi Sankyo Europe has implemented a range of initiatives to make its sustainability vision a reality. The initiatives include supplying 100% of electricity from hydropower, procuring heating energy from a local biomass cogeneration plant, and banning the use of plastics in the cafeteria. These environmental initiatives are supported by employees who are willing to share creative ideas for making the site environment-friendly.

We reached a critical milestone in our sustainability strategy when we completed a formal environmental management system (EMS) in compliance with the DIN EN ISO 14001, which allows for the systematic monitoring of environment performance. The project was carried out by a cross-functional core team led by the EHS manager Martin Schröder. In cooperation with external partners, the core team worked closely with the environment team to implement a series of processes and practices intended to reduce environmental impacts. The team successfully fulfilled the requirements defined in the DIN EN ISO 14001 within just one year, and obtained certification from the SGS Group in December 2019.
This achievement would not have been possible without the valuable contributions of all employees involved. We are determined to keep up efforts to create green businesses, provide a role model for society, and help our employees raise their awareness of the need to adopt sustainable lifestyles.

Environmental Supply Chain Management

Sustainable Procurement

The Group has set out the Business Partner Code of Conduct (BPCC) in April 2019 in relation to the Daiichi Sankyo Group Procurement Policy, in line with the revision of the Daiichi Sankyo Group Corporate Conduct Charter.
This BPCC sets out expectations for the promotion of sustainable procurement to business partners that provide products and services to us. In the BPCC, the environment-related items are as follows.

Promoting Environmental Management

(1) Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
(2) Appropriately manage waste and emissions
(3) Prevent and mitigate spills and releases
(4) Promote energy and resource conservation
(5) Support biodiversity

The Daiichi Sankyo Group requests its major business partners to conduct a CSR Self-Assessment Questionnaire Survey every three years based on the Business Partner Code of Conduct, in order to deepen their understanding of our Group’s thinking and strengthen communication with them. For more details.

Environmental Auditing

Audits related to environmental management are conducted with three assessment approaches by the operating sites, the environmental management department (Sustainability Promotion Department) and ISO certifying bodies. These environmental audits supplement one another according to the situation at each operating site. Audits conducted by the Sustainability Promotion Department once every three years target all operating sites under the key theme of environment-related laws and regulations. In fiscal 2019, audits were conducted at Daiichi Sankyo branches (Chiba Branch, Saitama Branch, Tokai Branch, Kobe Branch, Chugoku Branch, and Shikoku Branch), the Hiratsuka Plant of Daiichi Sankyo Propharma Co., Ltd., and the Tatebayashi Plant of Daiichi Sankyo Chemical Pharma Co., Ltd. The audits confirmed that good compliance was being practiced in relation to environmental related laws and regulations and that there were no concerns with the potential of leading to major environmental risks.

Response to Accidents and Other Emergencies

Plants and research facilities with particularly high environmental risks have prepared protocols and defined responses to emergencies, including the prevention and mitigation of environmental pollution due to disasters and accidents. They also conduct periodic training and emergency drills while maintaining the necessary equipment.

In fiscal 2019, no environmental accidents that have a significant impact on the surrounding environment occurred.