Astellas follows the United Nations Global Compact across our sustainability approach.

In October 2011, Astellas declared our support for the United Nations Global Compact, which consists of the ten principles set out by the UN on human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption.

Our declaration of support is based on our commitment realizing our business philosophy “contribute toward improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products”. We incorporate the ten principles of the UN Global Compact into our daily business activities and disclose them through reports, our website, and other channels.

What is the UN Global Compact?

The UN Global Compact was set out by Mr. Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the UN, at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1999. It is a worldwide initiative aimed at realizing sustainable growth through voluntary participation by businesses.

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact


Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies. 


Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.