TOKYO, December 17, 2020 - Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503, President and CEO: Kenji Yasukawa, Ph.D., “Astellas”) expressed its support for the recommendation of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures*1 (TCFD), established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB). Based on the recommendation, Astellas will analyze climate-related risks and opportunities, and proactively disclose of information on climate change measures from FY 2021 around the four thematic areas of Governance, Strategy, Risk Management, and Metrics and Targets.
As a company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world, Astellas is conducting its business activities in harmony with the global environment to contribute to the development of a sustainable society. Recognizing that addressing climate change mitigation measures is an important corporate focus, Astellas is working proactively to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As part of its efforts, the company has already purchased electricity generated by renewable energy sources at some of R&D and manufacturing facilities, installed a wind power mill and a biomass boiler, and the sales force use hybrid vehicles. These efforts allow for the company to reduce its GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2) *2 by 18.5% from the FY 2015 baseline. Astellas discloses its measures to address climate change on the company’s website*3.
In November 2018, Astellas’ GHG reduction targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBT / Reduction Targets Aligned with Scientific Knowledge), which encourages companies to set reduction targets in line with the Paris Agreement. In addition, Astellas plans to position Sustainability as one of its initiatives of Corporate Strategic Plan, which will be launched in FY 2021, from the perspective of sustainable enhancement of corporate value.
Astellas will continue to identify and implement measures to help solve global environmental issues, such as climate change, and make a meaningful contribution to people’s health all over the world by harmonizing its business activities with the global environment.
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