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CEO Message On the Forefront of Healthcare Change to Turn Innovative Science into Value for Patients Yoshihiko Hatanaka Representative Director, President and CEO

Aiming to Enhance Sustainability

Social Responsiveness and Self-Driven Evolution as the Keys to Sustained Growth

Our commitment to attaining self-driven evolution by accepting change and diversity has also helped us to lay a stronger foundation for management.
At Astellas, we have adopted an advanced system towards corporate governance. Since June 2015, outside members have occupied a majority of the positions on the Audit & Supervisory Board, in addition to the Board of Directors. We saw the adoption of Japan’s Corporate Governance Code as a good opportunity to take steps in earnest to improve the transparency, appropriateness and agility of management, such as further reinforcement of the effectiveness of the Board of Directors.
In April 2016, we also took steps to upgrade our compliance capabilities by newly creating a global compliance function to manage all of the regional functions as well as making the function independent within our organization. In June 2016, we replaced our former compliance standards, which existed in each region, to create the Astellas Group Code of Conduct as the globally integrated basis for compliance. These measures will ensure we are a global player in terms of compliance quality, and emphasize to employees the importance of responding sincerely to the needs of society.
One of the ways in which we are playing an active role in responding to social needs is through various Access to Health (ATH) initiatives. Astellas will use its capabilities and enhance its efforts to make a contribution in each of the following four areas: “creating innovation,” “enhancing availability,” “strengthening healthcare systems,” and “improving health literacy.” We are a consistent supporter of the United Nations Global Compact, and have incorporated its 10 principles covering the four fields of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption into our daily business activities.

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