Identification and Prioritization of Material Issues

Materiality in CSR activities guides our CSR-based management. Astellas has identified material issues to be addressed based on the issues regarded as prerequisites of its business activities. These include global issues related to medical care and health and other broader social issues.
Making reference to expectations and requests from a broad range of stakeholders, we classified and prioritized the material issues into three categories by evaluating their societal significance and relevance to our business (CSR Materiality Matrix.) In order to tackle these material issues, we are executing a concrete action plan.

Materiality Determination Process

Step 1

Identify Issues
Astellas' material issues are identified with reference to various principles and guidelines (such as ISO 26000, the UN Global Compact's ten principles and the SASB* Materiality Map), communications with stakeholders, and evaluation items for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) indices, etc.
* SASB: Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.
A U.S. non-profit organization exploring industry-specific standards for corporate sustainability disclosure. SASB has prepared industry-specific materiality maps by evaluating the materiality of sustainability topics.

Step 2

Prioritize
We will prioritize Astellas' material issues from the dual perspectives of societal significance and relevance to our business.

Step 3

Review
 ● Dialogue with Stakeholders (investors, patient groups, doctors, employees, consultants, and academics)
 ● Deliberating on and approving matters at the CSR Committee, EC and Board of Directors

Astellas’ material issues will be reviewed and verified at the CSR Committee once a year. When necessary, they will be modified depending on the attainment level of initiatives implemented and/or any changes in the needs of society.

CSR Materiality Matrix

CSR Materiality Matrix

 

Definitions of material issues

Material issueDefinitions / explanation of material issues
Development of innovative products and medical solutionsCreating innovative medicines and medical solutions sustainably in therapeutic areas with a high level of unmet medical needs. 
Access to HealthDeveloping and delivering necessary healthcare to people around the world by accelerating social benefit-driven research and development, enhancing availability, strengthening healthcare system, and improving health literacy.
Responsible R&DEnsuring the ethical consideration throughout the entire R&D process, and conducting R&D in compliance with global and/or local guidelines, including ethical considerations in animal testing and clinical trials.
Responsible marketing and ethical advertisingIn compliance with laws and guidelines in each country, ensuring equitable & appropriate marketing and advertising activities, raising awareness about diseases and treatments to contribute toward improving health of people.
Product pricingStriking a sustainable balance between fostering innovation and ensuring access to such innovation by setting prices reflecting the benefits of our products.
Proper use of productsEnhancing the proper use of our products by Healthcare professionals and patients to ensure patient safety and the efficacy and safety of our products. 
It includes the adoption of user-friendly package design in consideration of convenient universal design.
Product quality assurance and product safetyEnsuring our products are manufactured with appropriate quality assurance standards, and maintaining a functional and robust pharmacovigilance system.
Anti-counterfeitPreventing counterfeit drug problems and its improper distribution.
Diversity and InclusionEnsuring equal opportunity and fair employment regardless of characteristics, including race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. 
Health, safety and welfare of employeesEnsuring the mental and physical health of employees, and ensuring a safe workplace. Enriching the welfare of employees and their family.
Compliance and ethical business practicesActing with integrity and making ethical decisions in all aspects, and going beyond compliance with applicable laws, regulations and industry codes. Promoting such behavior through our global compliance structure, the development, implementation, and continuous enhancement of necessary policies and processes, and focusing our activities on Anti-bribery / Anti-corruption compliance, avoiding conflicts of interest, encouraging a "speak-up" culture, and demonstrating our commitment to integrity, ethics and compliance.
Protection of personal and confidential informationAppropriately handling confidential information or our stakeholders’ personal information, including data obtained in clinical trials (including postmarketing clinical trials), by complying with applicable laws, regulations, and Company policies and procedures.
Customer satisfactionMeeting the needs and expectations of customers, such as patients and healthcare professionals, which includes ensuring effective infrastructure and practice to appropriately respond to customers' complaints, inquiries and consultations.
Board independence and effectivenessThe Board of Directors consists of a majority of outside Directors who satisfy the Company’s independence standards for outside Directors and the required conditions for independent Director stipulated by Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. The independence and effectiveness of the Board of Directors is ensured by analyzing and evaluating its effectiveness.
Talent developmentProviding career development opportunities that respect the ownership, talent and aptitude of employees.
Recruitment and retention of employeesRecruiting and retaining talented people.
Fair appraisal and competitive rewardRecognizing the contributions of, and appraising and treating employees in a fair manner according to their role and achievement.
CSR procurementSelecting suppliers in compliance with selection criteria, including CSR* perspectives, such as compliance with laws and respecting human rights.  Coaching less-compliant suppliers and supporting their capacity building for improvement through procurement activity.
*CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility
Continuous stable supplyEnsuring a continuous stable supply of products.
Stakeholder engagementHaving mutual dialogues with multiple stakeholders, including patients and shareholders, to understand their expectations and demands from society, to reflect their opinion of Astellas' business activities and decision-making process.
Transparency of corporate activitiesEnhancing the transparency of our corporate activities by disclosing information to all stakeholders in a timely, proper, and fair manner regardless of laws and regulations.
Examples:
・Data and information acquired in research and development activities
・Board structure
・Executive compensation
・Risk management system and material risks with mitigation plans
Tax complianceComplying with the local tax laws and regulations in each country where we operate, and seek to pay the right amount of tax in the right place at the right time.
Human rights in laborRespecting the human rights of employees and business partners, including the elimination of discrimination, the freedom of association and the protection of the rights to organize, and the exclusion of child labor and forced labor.
Reduction of environmental burdenMitigating the environmental burdens caused by business operations to the minimum level, including measures for preventing atmospheric pollution, recycling resources, and management of chemical substances.
Environmental impacts of pharmaceuticalsIdentifying and managing the environmental impact of our pharmaceutical products throughout their life-cycle from their manufacture, use by humans, to disposal.
Patient assistance and advocacySupporting patient organizations for charitable purposes and conducting advocacy activities*, including funding for patient organization activities, sharing knowledge and information such as holding peer support training sessions, promoting disease awareness through disease awareness events, defending patients' rights, and representing the patient's voice.
*Advocacy activities: Encouraging the advancement of public policy and society through policy recommendation.
Advancement of medical scienceSupporting medical and scientific research which contributes to the advancement of medical sciences.
Water managementUsing water resources efficiently by reducing volume of withdrawal, reusing, and recycling.
Climate change and energyReducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with business operations by efficient use of energy.
BiodiversityMitigating negative impacts on biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of benefits from biodiversity.
Philanthropic community supportSupporting the communities in which we operate. For example,  social contribution, such as Disaster Relief, support for employees’ volunteering, and nurturing the next generation.

 

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