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Astellas believes that communication with stakeholders is crucial when considering how it will promote its CSR activities aimed at achieving a sustainable society.
Astellas held the following stakeholder dialogue with the aim of ascertaining expert opinions on selection of CSR core issues and medium-to long-term CSR activities that should be implemented.
Considering Astellas' operations are worldwide and overseas sales ratio and non-Japanese shareholder ratio are high, CSR must be promoted from a global perspective.
For its CSR activities as a whole, Astellas is required to formulate and announce the Company' s approaches to various demands from society and to "soft law," * which embodies those demands in a more tangible form.
With the need to extend CSR across the entire value chain, from upstream to downstream, Astellas' scope of responsibility has expanded to include suppliers and business partners.
Engagement and collaboration with stakeholders have recently become increasingly crucial to monitoring social demands and issues and addressing them effectively.
Initiatives that utilize the strengths of pharmaceutical companies, especially those in specific to Astellas, should be bolstered. This is particularly important in addressing unmet medical needs. Astellas should understand the trends surrounding the International Development Goals beyond 2015 (Post-2015 Development Goals), which will be announced going forward.
It is crucial to strategically implement social contribution activities based on clearly defined goals.
* "Soft law" refers to non-legally binding international guidelines and principles, as well as standards and other rules (e.g., ISO 26000, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises)
For details, please see the Stakeholder Dialogue (Full Version).
Kenji Yasukawa, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Chair of the CSR Committee, Astellas Pharma Inc.
In light of the changing environment we face, Astellas Group is currently evaluating various social demands from the standpoints of "the significance of the social issue" and "the relevance to Astellas' businesses," with the view to identifying materiality to CSR-based management. We are also considering disclosing the relevant details. With regard to analyzing the significance of social issues, in particular, we intend to carry out our evaluation by obtaining relevant stakeholders' expectations, in addition to gathering opinions within the Company.
Looking ahead, we will continue to do our utmost to put the advice we have obtained from external stakeholders to good use in CSR-based management at Astellas.
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