Verifying the Efficacy of Management based on Global Standards

With respect to its five fields of CSR-based management, Astellas has drawn on the core subjects and issues of social responsibility addressed in ISO26000.

Looking ahead, Astellas will continue to identify, consider, and evaluate CSR issues while promoting increasingly specific and detailed initiatives that incorporate the perspectives of all stakeholders.


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 Five Fields of CSR-Based Management and ISO26000

The Five Fields of CSR-Based Management ISO26000
The Seven Core Subjects Details of Core Issues
Society Human rights Issue 1: Due diligence
Issue 7: Economic, social, and cultural rights
Community involvement and development Issue 1: Community involvement
Issue 2: Education and culture
Issue 3: Employment creation and skills development
Issue 5: Wealth and income creation
Issue 6: Health
Issue 7: Social investment
Environment The environment Issue 1: Prevention of pollution
Issue 2: Sustainable resource use
Issue 3: Climate change mitigation and adaptation
Issue 4: Protection of the environment, biodiversity, and restoration of natural habitats
Consumer issues Issue 3: Sustainable consumption
Employees Community involvement and development Issue 4: Technology development and access
Human rights Issue 1: Due diligence
Issue 2: Human rights risk situations
Issue 3: Avoidance of complicity
Issue 5: Discrimination and vulnerable groups
Issue 6: Civil and political rights
Issue 8: Fundamental principles and rights at work
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
Economy Human rights Issue 2: Human rights risk situations
Issue 3: Avoidance of complicity
Fair operating practices Issue 4: Promoting social responsibility in the value chain
Consumer issues Issue 1: Fair marketing, factual and unbiased information, and fair contractual practices
Issue 2: Protecting consumers' health and safety
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
Compliance Human rights Issue 4: Resolving grievances
Fair operating practices Issue 1: Anti-corruption
Issue 2: Responsible political involvement
Issue 3: Fair competition
Issue 5: Respect for property rights