The Daiichi Sankyo Group recognizes environmental issues, including global warming and extreme weather, as critical challenges affecting our lives and work, as well 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 Environmental Management Policy
Safeguarding the environment is the foundation of all Group
operational management. We pursue environmental management that
contributes to a sustainable society and enhances our good corporate
We implement the respective items listed below.
- Confirm the environmental impacts of each business process, from R&D to production, distribution, usage and consumption, and disposal, and reduce environmental impacts.
- Comply strictly with environmental laws and ordinances, regional covenants, and voluntary standards.
- Construct, operate, evaluate, and enhance an environmental management system.
- Use resources and energy efficiently, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and recycle and reduce waste.
- Protect the environment and respect biodiversity by helping preserve the ecosystem.
- Address environmental risks.
- Educate and enlighten about the environment.
- Communicate with internal and external stakeholders about environmental issues.
Promoting Environmental Management
There are many environmental issues that threaten the development of a sustainable society and people’s health, such as the escalation of climate-related disasters caused by the advancement of global warming, depletion of natural resources, air and water pollution, and marine plastics. We engage in business activities to contribute to people’s health through the provision of drugs, but we are aware that these activities impact the environment and may cause environmental issues. Therefore, for our 5-Year Business Plan(FY2021-FY2025) we are taking on a wide range of challenges to reduce our environmental load in everything from research & development(R&D) to sales across the entire value chain, to contribute to realizing a sustainable society. Taking these sustainability challenges into consideration, we established EHS Management Policy (FY2021-FY2025) to promote environmental management.
EHS Management Policy (FY2021-FY2025) and Environmental Management Targets (Numerical Targets and Main Activities)
Environment Load Reduction across the Value Chain
Implement various initiatives to reduce environmental impact
and contribute to society and the environment
- Social and
- Decarbonized society
- Circular economy
- Society in harmony
- Daiichi Sankyo’s
- Carbon neutral
- 100% recycling
- Minimize environmental risk
Initiatives throughout the value chain
Research and Development
- DX utilization
- Chemical substances mgt.
- Green Chemistry*1
- Bioplastics utilization
- Renewable energy
- Collaboration with suppliers
- Next-generation batteries
- Hydrogen utilization
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- *1 Manufacturing process in consideration of the sustainability of the global environment, including prevention of environmental pollution, and reduction of raw material and energy consumption
- *2 Net Zero Energy Building
The 5-Year Business Plan defines the following three main targets as our long-term vision for 2050 to realize a sustainable society: “Carbon neutral” to achieve a decarbonized society, “100% recycling” to strive for a circular economy, and “Minimize environmental risk” to fulfill our responsibility to realize a society that is in harmony with nature. For our carbon neutrality initiatives, we were early adopters of SBTi-based CO2 reduction targets to achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement, and have made progress in conserving energy and lowering carbon emissions in business activities. But in order to accelerate achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, we will actively utilize implementable decarbonization technologies and engage in efforts such as purchasing renewable power, installing large-scale solar power system on plant premises, and updating to more efficient equipment.
5-Year Business Plan（FY2021-FY2025）
Materiality and KPI
Basic Biodiversity Principles and Action Guidelines
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, 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 a corporate governance system organization 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, participation in the RE100*3 initiative, 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.
The results of environmental management activities are reported at Management Executive Meeting and Board of Directors’ meetings every year.
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- *1The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD): A task force set up in December 2015 by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), an international organization joined by central banks and financial regulators of major countries.
- *2SBTi is a partnership between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to require companies to set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets that are consistent with the levels required by the Paris Agreement.
- *3RE100 is a global initiative bringing together the world’s most influential businesses committed to 100% renewable power. Led by international non-profit the Climate Group in partnership with CDP, the group have a total revenue of over US$6.6 trillion and operate in a diverse range of sectors. Together, they send a powerful signal to policymakers and investors to accelerate the transition to a clean economy.
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, the Pfaffenhofen Plant in Germany, and the Alphaville Plant in Brazil have acquired ISO14001 certification, bringing the acquisition rate of the certification at production sites to 87.0% (on a carbon dioxide(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.
List of operating sites that have acquired ISO14001 certification (as of the end of June 2021)
Environmental Supply Chain Management
The Group 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.
The BPCC sets 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（see 4. Promoting Environmental Management）.
Business Partner Code of Conduct
4. 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 BPCCB, in order to deepen their understanding of our Group’s values and strengthen communication with them. For more details.
Attained Leaderboard 2 Years in a Row, the CDP’s Highest Supplier Engagement Rating
Recognized by the international environmental non-governmental organization(NGO) CDP* for taking climate change measures in the supply chain and carrying out activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for two consecutive years we have been listed on the CDP’s Supplier Engagement Leaderboard, the highest rating in its Supplier Engagement Rating. The CDP runs a program in which it evaluates suppliers’ climate change initiatives in accordance with requests from companies. In 2020, the CDP evaluated initiatives of over 5,600 companies worldwide based on responses to climate change questionnaires that are divided into four areas (governance, targets, scope 3 emissions accounting, and supplier engagement) and placed 396 of them on the Supplier Engagement Leaderboard. Among them 83 were Japanese companies, including Daiichi Sankyo. We were also placed on the CDP’s climate change A List 2020, its highest rating for climate change.
＊ CDP is a global non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests.
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 FY2020, audits were conducted at Daiichi Sankyo’s head office and Shinagawa and Kasai sites, Daiichi Sankyo Healthcare, Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceutical (Beijing)’s Beijing Plant, and Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceutical (Shanghai)’s Shanghai Plant. 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 FY2020, no environmental accidents that have a significant impact on the surrounding environment occurred.