Verifying the Efficacy of Management based on Global Standards

Astellas has contributed to identify, consider and evaluate the core subjects and issues of social responsibility addressed in ISO26000 and engaged in them.


Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a non-governmental organization that sets international standards for all industrial fields except for electrical and electronic engineering. ISO26000 provides guidance to all types of organizations including corporate entities and is intended to assist these organizations in contributing to the sustainable development of global society.

Over a five-year period that began in 2005, a multi-stakeholder international working group comprising representatives from governments, industry, labor, consumers and various NGOs held discussions to determine the merits and an outline for guidance on social responsibility. The findings of this working group were officially announced in November 2010.

In addition to defining the scope of social responsibility, and in an effort to both identify and prioritize related issues, ISO26000 outlines the need to carefully consider the seven core subjects of organizational governance; human rights; labour practices; the environment; fair operating practices; consumer issues; and community involvement and development.

The seven core subjects of ISO 26000 and Astellas’ initiatives

ISO 26000

Astellas’ Initiatives


The Seven Core Subjects of ISO 26000

Details of Core Issues
Organizational governance Issue 1: Decision-making processes and structure G
Human rights

Issue 1: Due diligence

Issue 2: Human rights risk situations

Issue 3: Avoidance of complicity

Issue 4: Resolving grievances

Issue 5: Discrimination and vulnerable groups

Issue 6: Civil and political rights

Issue 7: Economic, social and cultural rights

Issue 8: Fundamental principles and rights at work

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Labour practices

Issue 1: Employment and employment relationships

Issue 2: Conditions of work and social protection

Issue 3: Social dialogue

Issue 4: Health and safety at work

Issue 5: Human development and training in the workplace

Fair operating practices

Issue 1: Anti-corruption

Issue 2: Responsible political involvement

Issue 3: Fair competition

Issue 4: Promoting social responsibility in the value chain

Issue 5: Respect for property rights

Consumer issues

Issue 1: Fair marketing, factual and unbiased information and fair contractual practices

Issue 2: Protecting consumers' health and safety

Issue 3: Sustainable consumption

Issue 4: Consumer service, support, and complaint and dispute resolution

Issue 5: Consumer data protection and privacy

Issue 6: Access to essential services

Issue 7: Education and awareness

The environment


Issue2:Sustainableresource use

Issue3:Climatechangemitigation and adaptation

Issue4:Protectionoftheenvironment, biodiversity and restoration of natural habitats


Community involvement and development


Issue1:Community involvement

Issue 2: Education and culture

Issue3:Employment creation and skills development

Issue 4:Technology development and access

Issue 5: Wealthand income creation

Issue 6: Health