We are committed to protecting life and the natural world in all its glory.
Astellas has embraced the sustainable enhancement of enterprise value as its corporate mission. To fulfill this mission, Astellas seeks to be a chosen and trusted enterprise by all stakeholders, including customers, shareholders, employees, and the global community. The Astellas Charter of Corporate Conduct contains the following principles on Environment, Health and Safety (EHS): “We shall respect our employees’ human rights, individuality, and differences, promote diversity in the workplace, and provide a safe and rewarding work environment,” and “Recognizing that harmony between the global environment and our business activities is a prerequisite to our corporate existence, we shall take proactive measures to conserve the global environment.” These principles require employees to conduct themselves based on high ethical standards in EHS fields, among other areas. In the fields of the environment and employees (occupational health and safety), Astellas will disclose information on its measures to sustainably enhance enterprise value through EHS.
Astellas has adopted “Turning innovative science into VALUE for patients” as its VISION. In order to continuously achieve sustainable growth, Astellas will need to sensitively grasp changes in the environment and continuously evolve in step with those changes. We will need to address changes in the environment, such as energy trends and climate change, the effective use of resources, and the prevention of pollution. We will also need to implement appropriate management of occupational health and safety in step with changes in modalities, which we will need to handle in many more different ways due to Astellas’ Focus Area approach. In the EHS field, we will be constantly called upon to address changes. Here, Astellas will advance EHS activities based on high ethical standards, in accordance with the Astellas EHS Policy and Guidelines.
One highlight of our activities in the environmental field was the adoption of Aqua Premium. Three of Astellas’ research and production facilities in Japan have changed their electricity supply plan to the Aqua Premium plan starting in fiscal 2020. Offered by TEPCO Energy Partner, Inc., the Aqua Premium plan allows customers to buy only hydroelectric power, which is free of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Astellas believes that adopting Aqua Premium is an important measure that will greatly contribute to meeting its GHG emission reduction target for fiscal 2030, which has been recognized by the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative
Moreover, it is absolutely essential for management to ensure the safety of employees as they engage in corporate business activities. In order to remove hazards that could lead to work-related accidents at an early stage, it is crucial to continuously undertake broad-based risk assessments and develop a sharp eye for assessing hazards. We will continuously implement training and risk mitigation activities in order to prevent work-related accidents in all business areas, including research, production and sales.
Modality: Material classifications and methods such as small-molecule compounds, peptides (middle molecules) and other protein medicines; nucleic acid medicines; therapeutic antibodies; and cell medicines
SBT initiative: A group jointly established in 2015 by CDP, United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), World Resources Institute (WRI), and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). An international initiative that encourages countries and companies to set GHG reduction target to achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement—to limit global warming to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
Chief Administrative Officer & Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
Totals and tallies of shares may not always match due to the effect of rounding.
Interaction between Astellas and the Environment (Results for Fiscal 2019)
As detailed below, the business activities of Astellas impinge on the environment throughout all the fields in which it operates, including research, manufacturing, sales, and product distribution.
19,466 thousand m3
|LPG||1,144 tons||Pollutants (atmosphere)|
|LNG||1,215 tons||NOx||23 tons|
|Diesel oil||2,328 kiloliters||Pollutants (water body)|
|Purchased heat (hot/cold water)||
|Purchased heat (steam)||23,559 GJ||Water discharge*4
|Other renewble energy||54,232 GJ||Water discharge
|7,254 thousand m3|
|Water||7,503 thousand m3||Volume of waste generated||13,992 tons|
|4,376 tons||Landfill volume*5||80 tons|
*1 all Japanese business premises
*2 non-energy-related GHG emissions are not included.
*3 all production facilities and R&D sites in Japan
*4 volume of water discharge from non-Japanese production facilities was equivalent to withdrawal amount
*5 all Japanese facilities excluding sales branches
Indirect GHGs (Scope3)
|Upstream Scope3 emissions|
|1||Purchased goods and services||46,481 tons|
|2||Capital goods||118,186 tons|
|3||Fuel and energy related activities (not included in Scope1 and Scope2)||21,586 tons|
|4||Transportation and distribution||2,827 tons|
|Truck transportation of raw materials||(188 tons)|
|Plant → warehouse||(134 tons)|
|Warehouse → wholesalers||(1,800 tons)|
|5||Waste generated in operation||2,016 tons|
|6||Business travel (by airplane)||33,844 tons|
|7||Employee commuting||1,914 tons|
|8||Leased assets||Not relevant|
|Downstream Scope3 emissions|
|9||Transportation and distribution||Not relevant|
|10||Processing of sold products||Not relevant|
|11||Use of sold products||No emissions|
|12||End-of-life treatment of sold products||582 tons|
|13||Leased assets||Not relevant|
GHG Emissions Throughout the Value Chain
GHG emissions associated with Astellas’ business activities amounted to 394 kilotons globally. Astellas is monitoring the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the use of almost all its facilities and sales fleets . In addition to Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, Astellas continues working to monitor Scope 3 emissions.
- EHS Management
- Environment Initiatives
- Climate Change Mitigation Measures
- Breakdown of Energy Consumption
- Sustainable Biodiversity Initiatives
- Initiatives for Resource Recycling
- Initiatives for Preventing Pollution
- Environmental Impact of Products and Countermeasures
- Environmental Accounting
- Reporting coverage, methods, etc.
- EHS Report
- Independent Assurance Report