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Environment Management

In accordance with its Charter of Corporate Conduct, Astellas' basic stance toward the environment as well as the health and safety of its employees is outlined under its Environmental and Safety Policy.

The goals to which the Company aspires are also presented in its Environmental and Safety Guidelines. Both on a continuous and organizational basis, Astellas is engaging in activities that are designed to fulfill its obligations in each area.

Environmental and Safety Policy

Our environmental and safety policy, which indicates Astellas' basic stance on environmental and safety issues, was established on the basis of the clauses pertaining to environmental and safety issues specified in the Charter of Corporate Conduct. The policy applies to all domestic and foreign Group companies, and forms the basis of all our corporate activities.

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Rules of conduct governing environment and safety activities

At Astellas, the environment is positioned as one of our five high-priority areas of social responsibility. To conscientiously fulfill our responsibilities to the environment, we adhere to the following environmental and safety standards in our implementation of specific measures and initiatives.

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Environmental and Safety Guidelines

Our Environmental and Safety Guidelines provide unified standards to be upheld in our implementation of environmental and safety measures. These guidelines indicate the stance Astellas should aim for in the future.

These guidelines describe that envisioned status of various countermeasures in qualitative terms. The period for realizing numerical targets and the actual numerical targets are set out separately in our short- and medium-term action plans, updated annually.
In addition, based on the performance of fiscal 2015 and the results of an Environment, Health and Safety audit, and taking into account initiatives expected by society, we plan to revise the Environmental and Safety Guidelines within fiscal 2016.

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Environmental and Safety Management System

Fundamental policies and action plans relating to environmental and safety matters are positioned as an important issue in CSR management, and are discussed and determined by the CSR Committee. Measures for the implementation of these decisions in specific form are then examined by the Global Environment, Health and Safety Subcommittee, which is a subordinate organization under the CSR Committee. Moreover,a director in charge of business management directly receives reports about risk management related to the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), and issues any necessary instructions. In addition, cases such as investment in Climate Change mitigation measures and risk response related to the EHS, are discussed and decisions are made by the "Executive Committee*." or a meeting of the Board of Directors. Each business facility formulates their own action plan taking into account such factors as the status of the facility. The facilities conduct activities in accordance with the PDCA cycle, carrying out evaluations by company-wide Environment, Safety and Health audits, and the results are reflected in the following fiscal year’s plans and policies. Through this system, Astellas’ own PDCA cycle is rotated.

*An advisory body that discusses important matters related to management of the entire Astellas Group, and makes decisions.

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Status of obtaining ISO 14001 Certification

Astellas has acquired ISO 14001 certification covering all its production sites in Japan and overseas.
From fiscal 2014, the five production plants in Japan were made to be audited under the Multi-site ISO 14001 Certification scheme.

Environmental and Safety Audits

An audit team led by the officer in charge of CSR is organized and the team conducts a company-wide EHS audit every fiscal year, in order to evaluate the progress of environmental and safety activities throughout the Astellas Group.

The audit sets items to be audited according to the Environmental and Safety Guideline and evaluates their level of conformity to the Guideline. It also identifies issues to be resolved and promotes efforts for continuous improvement.

Environmental and Safety Assessment System

The total environmental load resulting from the production, sale, distribution and disposal of products can usually be approximated at the research and development stages. With regard to the production and sales of pharmaceutical products, it is necessary to obtain government approval for each product. Since government approval also covers production methods and packaging specifications, when there are changes in either approved production methods or packaging, new approval must be obtained even if the changes are related to work safety or reducing the environmental impact. This entails substantial time and costs. Therefore, Astellas has introduced an environmental and safety assessment system as a tool that requires efforts to minimize the environmental load at all stages, including research and development, production, distribution, and disposal.

Under this assessment system, we examine issues such as the reduction of air pollutant emissions and the excessive use of packaging and various safety measures prior to the commencement of commercial-scale production.

Operation of the environmental and safety assessment system

An assessment team conducts environmental and safety assessments in stages for the development of products. The results determine whether development of the product can move on to the next stage.

Specifically, the assessment must identify raw materials or processes that might have a negative impact on the environment and/or employee health and safety. The progress on remedial measures must be assessed, and action plans evaluated. Countermeasures being considered are evaluated in the subsequent stages of the assessment.

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Education and Training

In addition to complying with statutory and regulatory requirements, Astellas recognizes the importance of autonomous initiatives that address the needs of society. In order to promote further improvements in its EHS and safety activities, the Company acknowledges the critical need to ensure that all employees have a correct understanding of their own roles and responsibilities.

To this end, we are working to improve our skill base through a wide variety of training programs, including specialized education for employees engaged in roles requiring specialist knowledge and skills in areas such as environmental conservation or hazardous operations, and the development of employees professionally qualified in EHS matters.

We also explain our policies and site rules to construction workers at our plants, raw materials suppliers and waste disposal contractors, and request for cooperation with our EHS activities.
In addition, we also devised various ways to raise awareness of environmental issues among employees at each workplace. From fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2016, the Tsukuba Research Center held the Environment Forum for employees and certified environment supporters in accordance with their degree of participation. In fiscal 2015 the Takaoka Plant conducted Environmental On-Site Training, where employees responsible for wastewater treatment served as instructors to provide on-site training. Employees gained an understanding of the system and capabilities of wastewater treatment facilities, which connected to reaffirmed awareness of the importance of complying with rules.

Response to Accidents and Emergencies

Being prepared for emergency situations caused by an accident or natural disaster can help to prevent an environmental catastrophe and minimize damage. Accordingly, we develop specific measures and procedures, conduct regular education sessions and training drills, and reconfirm and test the validity of our procedures, communication networks and the division of roles focusing particularly on risks that are recognized as a high priority. In this manner, we continue to work diligently to reduce environmental risk.

The discharge of harmful substances could lead to the pollution of rivers and seas as well as cause problems at sewage treatment plants. This in turn could have a grave impact on regional communities.

In preparation for accidents and emergency situations, we are therefore systematically implementing measures for the prevention of environmental pollution, including the installation of backup equipment, while working to reduce the risk of pollution.

In addition, we are bolstering efforts to monitor operations and to measure the quality of water draining out of our plants to confirm compliance with relevant effluent standards.

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