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 contribute to the development of 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.

EHS Basic Policy 

  1. Reduce environmental impact in the Group's business processes and supply chain, from research and development to production, distribution, use, consumption, and disposal
  2. Improve the working environment so that employees can work safely and maintain and promote their health
  3. Establish, operate, evaluate, and improve the EHS management system
  4. Comply with environmental and health and safety related laws and regulations
  5. Reduce EHS risks and eliminate sources of hazards
  6. Efficient use of resources and energy, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, appropriate use of water and wastewater management, waste reduction and recycling, respect for biodiversity, and forest protection
  7. Prevent health hazards and occupational accidents
  8. Engage in EHS education and awareness-raising activities
  9. Participate in EHS communication and consultation with internal and external stakeholders

Promoting Environmental Management

We conduct business activities to contribute to the enrichment of quality of life through providing pharmaceutical products. We know, however, that those activities could cause environmental impact that might raise environmental issues. What underlies our promotion of environmental management is the following belief: activities necessary to provide pharmaceutical products must not unnecessarily contribute to environmental phenomenon that may threaten people’s health and daily lives. 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.

Reduction of Environmental Impact Across the Entire 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
    with nature
  • Daiichi Sankyo’s
    Long-term targets
    (for 2050)
  • Carbon neutral
  • 100% recycling
  • Minimize environmental risk

Initiatives throughout the value chain

Research and Development
Pharmaceutical Technology
Supply Chain
Offices, Sales
  • DX utilization
  • Chemical substances mgt.
  • Green Chemistry*1
  • Bioplastics utilization
  • Renewable energy
  • Collaboration with suppliers
  • Next-generation batteries
  • Hydrogen utilization
  • Electric vehicles
  • ZEB*2 
  • *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

EHS Management Policy (FY2021-FY2025) and Environmental Management Targets (Numerical Targets and Main Activities)

EHS Management Policy Environmental Management Target
Lower the environmental impact of the entire supply chain by conserving energy and resources, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste.
  • CO2emissions (Scope1 + Scope2): 42% reduction from FY2015
  • CO2emission intensity based on sales (Scope3, Cat1): 15% reduction from FY2020
  • Business partner engagement (Scope3, Cat1): more than 70% of business partners set targets at the 1.5℃
  • Energy consumption intensity based on sales : 30% reduction from FY2015
  • Waste emission intensity based on sales : 10% reduction from FY2020
  • Waste reduction and promotion to recycle waste
Realize a sustainable society by taking a leading role in addressing environmental issues such as climate change, resource recycling, water risk and biodiversity.
  • Renewable electricity utilization rate: more than 60% utilization rate
  • Water consumption intensity based on sales : 10% reduction from FY2020
  • Waste plastic recycling rate: over 70% maintained
  • Flood disaster manual maintenance rate: 100% at research laboratories and production sites in Japan
  • Promotion of innovative environmental technologies for Decarbonized Community
  • Continuing Reduction of Pollutant Emissions to Atmosphere and Water Area
  • Promotion of the sustainable use of ecosystem services and resources
Minimize EHS risks by complying with related laws and continual improvement of management systems
  • Disposal of hazardous waste: 10% reduction from FY2020
  • ISO14001 acquisition rate: 100% at manufacturing sites
  • Establishment of EHS management system
  • Implementation of periodic EHS audits
  • Reducing EHS Risks through Collaboration with Supply Chains
Encourage employees to practice EHS by internal communication such as EHS education and enlightening activities
  • Education and awareness-raising for the prevention of environmental accidents
  • Education for all employees and professional training in EHS
  • Measures to improve employee motivation related to EHS
Ensure the reliability from society by enhancing information to disclose and enhancing communication with stakeholders
  • Third-party assurance coverage: 100%
  • Periodic Verification and Disclosure Based on TCFD*3 Recommendations
  • Promoting Partnership for Sustainable Development

The 5-Year Business Plan defines the following three main targets as our long-term vision for 2050 to realize a sustainable society: “carbon neutrality” to achieve a decarbonized society, “100% recycling rate” to strive for a circular economy, and “minimization of environmental risks” to fulfill our responsibility to realize a society that is in harmony with nature.
With the growing social demand for carbon neutrality, we revised the target to a more ambitious one in June 2022. Specifically, we established targets to reduce CO₂ emissions by 42% in FY2025 and 63% in FY2030 compared to FY2015 emissions, leading to our CO2 emission reduction target being certified as a “1.5°C target” by the SBTi in June 2023. To achieve these targets, we switched the electricity used at our head office building and all of our plants and research centers in Japan to electricity from renewable energy sources in FY2022. As a result, we achieved a 49.6% reduction in global CO2 emissions (Scope 1 + Scope 2) against our FY2025 target of a 42% reduction from FY2015. In addition, our renewable electricity utilization rate was 78.1% against our target of at least 60% in FY2025. For FY2030, we aim to achieve a renewable electricity utilization rate of 100% as set forth in RE100*4 as soon as possible. Furthermore, to enhance the sustainability of the entire supply chain, we established a target of having at least 70% of our business partners set a 1.5°C level target by 2025, and in FY2022 we joined the CDP Supply Chain Program of CDP, an international environmental non-profit organization. Through this program, we will promote initiatives to reduce CO₂ emissions with our business partners. In order to reach our FY2030 targets and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, we will continue to further promote the use of renewable energy for electricity and improving the efficiency of energy-consuming equipment such as boilers and air conditioners. We are also actively working toward carbon neutrality in the pharmaceutical industry.
We are also actively working toward carbon neutrality in the pharmaceutical industry. In FY2021, we led a couple of initiatives as Carbon Neutral Action Plan Working Group Leader. For example, The Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Associations of JAPAN’s set a long-term vision of "Net Zero CO2 Emissions by 2050" and raise its goal to "reduce CO2 emissions by 46% in FY2030 compared to FY 2013 (in laboratories, plants, offices, and sales vehicles)". We have been actively working to raise the target to "Net Zero CO2 Emissions in FY2050" in the Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Associations of Japan, and to launch a study group on environmental issues in Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association as deputy chair company in FY2022, as well as taking up chair company in FY2024.
In addition, we have been participating on the advisory board of the Planetary Health related project of Health and Global Policy Institute since FY2023, which makes various policy proposals, research reports, and publications on climate change and health.



FY2025 and FY2030 Target toward Carbon Neutrality

FY2025 and FY2030 Target toward Carbon Neutrality graph  

Furthermore, we have expressed our support for the GX League*5, which was established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, and we will participate in the carbon-credit-market demonstration project to be started in September of 2022.

  • *3Acronym 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.
  • *4 Acronym for Science Based Targets initiative. International initiative that encourages companies to set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets consistent with the levels required under the Paris Agreement.
  • *5 To achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, it was established as a forum for companies that actively engage in GX (Green Transformation) that brings together industry, government, academia, and financial sector, to hold discussions on reforming the entire economic and social system for GX, and to pursue the creation of new markets.

5-Year Business Plan(FY2021-FY2025)

Materiality and KPI

Basic Biodiversity Principles and Action Guidelines

Sustainable Procurement

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 a corporate governance system organization for the purpose of strengthening the EHS management system.
As for the Group’s environmental management promotion system, the head of Global Corporate Strategy serves as the chief executive officer of EHS Management and oversees environmental management on a Group basis, while the vice president of Sustainability Department promotes environmental management as environmental management officer. We have established an EHS management site unit that deliberates on business activities, and each EHS management site unit establishes an EHS management site and discusses regions and functions as necessary while overseeing targets. In addition, we have established the EHS Management Committee, chaired by the chief executive officer of EHS Management. This Committee discusses the formulation of the Daiichi Sankyo Group EHS Policy and other important matters and reports them to the Board of Directors and Executive Management Committee (EMC).
The results of environmental management activities are reported at Management Executive Meeting and Board of Directors’ meetings every year.


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 86.3% (on a CO2 emissions basis).  The plants that have not acquired ISO14001 certification 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 2023)

  Company Name Site First registered
Daiichi Sankyo Group
(multi-site certification)
Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. Sustainability Promotion Department January 1998
Pharmaceutical Technology Division (Hiratsuka)
Biologics Division (Tatebayashi)
Daiichi Sankyo Propharma Co., Ltd. Hiratsuka Plant
Technology Department
Daiichi Sankyo Chemical Pharma Co., Ltd. Onahama Plant
Tatebayashi Plant
Biologics Technology Department (Tatebayashi)
Odawara Plant
Technology Department (Onahama,Hiratsuka, Odawara)
Daiichi Sankyo Biotech Co., Ltd. Kitamoto Site
Daiichi Sankyo Happiness Co., Ltd. Hiratsuka
Daiichi Sankyo Europe GmbH Pfaffenhofen Plant December 2019
Daiichi Sankyo Altkirch Sarl Altkirch Sarl Plant March 2019
Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceutical (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Beijing Plant March 2019
Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceutical (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Shanghai Plant March 2019
Daiichi Sankyo Brasil Farmaceutica Ltda. Alphaville Plant March 2012
ISO 14001 Certification Acquisition Rate of Production Sites
(on the basis of FY2022 CO2 emissions)
Japan 100%
Entire group 86.3%

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(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 Business Partner Code of Conduct, in order to deepen their understanding of our Group’s thinking and strengthen communication with them. 
For more details.

Attained Leaderboard 4 Years in a Row, the CDP’s Highest Supplier Engagement Rating

Recognized by the international environmental NGO CDP* for taking climate change measures in the supply chain and carrying out activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for four years in a row we have been listed on the CDP’s Supplier Engagement Leaderboard for taking 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 FY2022, the CDP placed 653 companies on the Supplier Engagement Leaderboard, which are the top 8% of those that responded to the climate change questionnaire. Among them 131 were Japanese companies, including Daiichi Sankyo. We were also placed on the CDP’s climate change A List 2022, its highest rating for climate change for three years in a row.

NPO whose main activities consist of asking companies and local governments to disclose information on initiatives to address environmental problems such as climate change measures, water security, and forest conservation in accordance with requests from institutional investors and major purchasing organizations worldwide that have a high interest in environmental issues, and thereby incentivizing environmental action.

Environmental Auditing

Audits related to environmental management are conducted with three assessment approaches by the operating sites, the environmental management department (Sustainability Department) and ISO certifying bodies. These environmental audits supplement one another according to the situation at each operating site. Audits conducted by the Sustainability Department once every three years target all operating sites under the key theme of environment-related laws and regulations. In FY2022, audits were conducted at Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd.’s branch sites, Daiichi Sankyo Propharma’s Hiratsuka Site, Daiichi Sankyo Chemical Pharma’s Tatebayashi Site, Daiichi Sankyo Altkirch’s Altkirch Plant, and Daiichi Sankyo Europe’s Pfaffenhofen 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.

Conducting audits

EHS*1 Audit Based on PSCI*2

The Group implements EHS audits for overseas production sites every three years. There were no critical findings in the audits from FY2020 to FY2022. The summary of the results is as follows:

Implementation period: Mar. 2021 to Mar. 2023
Number of sites: 7 sites
Number of sites with findings (excluding minor findings): 6 sites
Number of findings: 34 cases


Responding to findings

Category Major measures
Management System
  • Established Global BCP*3 Policy and BCP in each site
  • Established relevant documents(regulations, SOPs, and guidelines, etc.) for each company based on the Global EHS Policy
  • Strengthened disposal management of liquid hazardous waste
  • Installed acoustic barriers to mitigate noise from the equipment.
Health & Safety
  • Strengthened health and safety management through establishing/revising SOPs
  • Mitigated exposure risks to body fluids for First Aid Responders through trainings, etc.
  • *1EHS : Environment, Health and Safety.
  • *2PSCI : Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiatives, non-profit organization which promotes sustainable procurement in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.
  • *3BCP : Business Continuity Plan.

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 FY2022, no environmental accidents that have a significant impact on the surrounding environment occurred.

Environmental Education and Awareness Raising Activities

Workshops for environmental managers and initiatives to optimize environmental management

Every year, we hold a workshop for environmental managers on different themes that are relevant at the time to provide specialized education and information for those responsible for environmental-related tasks in domestic Group companies. In FY2022, we held an online lecture themed on Environmental Law and Regulation Measures for Business Sites -- the PRTR System, in which approximately 70 people participated.

Workshops on global warming countermeasures

We hold workshops for global warming countermeasures every year to provide specialized education and share information on energy-saving and global warming countermeasures targeting facilities and energy managers of our plants and research facilities. In FY2022, a tour of Hitachi, Ltd.’s hydrogen manufacturing facility and hydrogen usage facility was held and approximately 20 people participated. Participants were able to obtain information on the latest knowledge and technology for carbon neutrality, and gain new insight and networks, including the Daiichi Sankyo’s energy conservation measures. We will continue to plan and hold workshops to promote energy conservation and global warming countermeasures.

Environmental e-learning

We provide environmental e-learning programs for all Group employees. In FY2022, the theme was on marine plastic and what we can do to address It. In domestic group companies, the participation rate was 97.7% among 9,890 applicable employees. For those who had not participated in the e-learning including new employees, we thoroughly informed them of and provided the voluntary e-learning program. The participation rate of the entire Group was 98.4%.

Environmental e-learning

Environmental Art Contest

We implement environmental communication measures to improve employees’ environmental awareness. Every year in June, which is designated as “Environment Month” by the Group, a contest is held for artwork that gives the viewer an impression of the environment. We accept entries from Group employees and their families globally.
For the FY2022 contest, we received a total of 1,422 entries from Group companies in Japan and overseas. Specifically, we received 454 entries from domestic Group companies and 106 entries from overseas Group companies in the image category; 829 entries in the senryu (humorous or ironic haiku) category targeting domestic Group companies; and 33 entries in the slogan category targeting overseas Group companies. We selected the top prize and SDG special prize winners, and held an online award ceremony.

Raising Awareness of the Need to Combat Global Warming

Each year, the three-month period from December to February is designated as a period for improving awareness of the need to combat global warming. Every year, we create a poster using the award-inning works from the Environmental Art Contest to raise environmental awareness. These posters are exhibited using digital signage at Group companies and operating sites inside and outside of Japan.

Poster to raise environmental awareness

Daiichi Sankyo Group COOL CHOICE Program*

We carried out the Daiichi Sankyo Group COOL CHOICE Program to raise environmental awareness in all employees and to encourage them to practice eco-friendly activities not only in their workplaces but also in their homes. The number of registered participants rose from 1,811 in FY2021 to 1,917 in FY2022. 

*In support of the COOL CHOICE movement, which is a national movement for the prevention of global warming, the Group carries out the Daiichi Sankyo Group COOL CHOICE Program targeting employees of Group companies in Japan and their families.
This program allows employees to access a dedicated website and fill out information on the eco-friendly activities endorsed by the COOL CHOICE movement which they have been practicing at home and in the workplace. Points are granted according to the status of participation in the program and can be exchanged with eco-friendly goods or donated to environmental protection organizations. This program is held every summer from June to September, and since its start in FY2013, a total of approximately 11,300 employees have participated.