Astellas' basic stance toward the environment as well as the health and safety of its employees is outlined under the Astellas Environment, Health & Safety Policy. Moreover, Astellas is working organizationally and continuously toward achieving this stance as described in the Astellas Environment, Health & Safety Guidelines.
Astellas Environment, Health & Safety Policy
The Astellas Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Policy represents our universal stance on EHS issues. The policy applies to all domestic and overseas Group companies, and forms the basis of all our corporate activities.
Rules of conduct governing environment and safety activities
At Astellas, the environment is positioned, metaphorically, as a stakeholder in our business philosophy. To conscientiously fulfill our responsibilities to the environment, we implement specific measures and initiatives based on the Astellas Group Code of Conduct.
Astellas Environment, Health & Safety Guidelines
The Astellas Environment, Health & Safety Guidelines provide unified standards to be upheld in our implementation of environmental and safety measures. These guidelines indicate the stance Astellas should aim for in the future.
In fiscal 2016, we revised the contents of the guidelines based on the results of our initiatives to date, and added the "Supply Chain Management" section. The guidelines qualitatively describe our aims, and concrete numerical targets, including their deadlines, will be stipulated through short- and medium-term action plans that will be updated every fiscal year.
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Environmental and Safety Management System
Fundamental policies and action plans relating to environmental and safety matters are positioned as an important issue in CSR management, and are discussed and determined by the CSR Committee. Measures for implementing these decisions in specific form are then examined by the Global EHS Sub-committee, which is a subordinate organization under the CSR Committee. Moreover, a director in charge of business management directly receives reports regarding risk management related to EHS, and issues any necessary instructions. In addition, cases such as investment in Climate Change Mitigation Measures and risk response related to EHS are discussed and decisions are made by the Executive Committee* or a meeting of the Board of Directors.
Each business facility formulates their own action plan taking into account such factors as the status of the facility. The facilities conduct activities in accordance with the PDCA cycle, carrying out evaluations by company-wide EHS audits, and the results are reflected in the following fiscal year’s plans and policies. Through this system, Astellas’ own PDCA cycle is rotated.
*An advisory body that discusses important matters related to management of the entire Astellas Group, and makes decisions.
Flow of the environmental management system
Status of obtaining ISO 14001 Certification
Astellas has acquired ISO 14001 certification covering all its production sites in Japan and overseas.
In fiscal 2017, we plan to shift to the revised ISO 14001 standard.
Environment, Health & Safety Audits
An audit team led by the officer in charge of CSR has been organized and conducts a company-wide EHS audit every fiscal year, in line with the Astellas EHS Guidelines, in order to evaluate the progress of EHS activities throughout Astellas Group.
The audit sets items to be audited according to the Astellas EHS Guideline and evaluates their level of conformity to the Guideline. It also identifies issues to be resolved and promotes efforts for continuous improvement EHS Audits
Environment, Health & Safety Assessment System
The total environmental load resulting from the production, sale, distribution and disposal of products can usually be approximated at the research and development stages. With regard to the production and sales of pharmaceutical products, it is necessary to obtain government approval for each product. Since government approval also covers production methods and packaging specifications, when there are changes in either approved production methods or packaging, new approval must be obtained even if the changes are related to work safety or reducing the environmental impact. This entails substantial time and costs. Therefore, Astellas has introduced an EHS assessment system as a tool that requires efforts to minimize the environmental load at all stages, including research and development, production, distribution, and disposal.
Under this assessment system, we examine issues such as the reduction of air pollutant emissions and the excessive use of packaging and various safety measures prior to the commencement of commercial-scale production.
Operation of the Environment, Health & Safety assessment system
An assessment team conducts EHS assessments in stages for the development of products. The results determine whether development of the product can move on to the next stage.
Specifically, the assessment must identify raw materials or processes that might have a negative impact on the environment and/or employee health and safety. The progress on remedial measures must be assessed, and action plans evaluated. Countermeasures being considered are evaluated in the subsequent stages of the assessment
Diagram of Environmet, Health & Safety assessment system
Education and Training
In order to promote further improvements in its EHS activities, the Company acknowledges the critical need to ensure that all employees have a correct understanding of their own roles and responsibilities.
To this end, we are working to develop employees professionally qualified in EHS matters and improve our skill base through a wide variety of training programs, including specialized education for employees engaged in roles requiring specialist knowledge and skills in areas such as environmental conservation or hazardous operations.
We also explain our policies and site rules to construction workers at our plants, raw materials suppliers and waste disposal contractors, and request cooperation with our EHS activities.
In addition, we also devised various ways to raise awareness of environmental issues among employees at each workplace. From fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2016, the Tsukuba Research Center held the Environment Forum for employees, and a total of 958 people have participated over the three years. In addition, participants were given their own environmental supporter certification according to the number of times they participated.
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Response to Accidents and Emergencies
Being prepared for emergency situations caused by an accident or natural disaster can help to prevent an environmental catastrophe and minimize damage. Accordingly, we develop specific measures and procedures, conduct regular education sessions and training drills, and reconfirm and test the validity of our procedures, communication networks and the division of roles focusing particularly on risks that are recognized as a high priority. In this manner, we continue to work diligently to reduce environmental risk.
The discharge of harmful substances could lead to the pollution of rivers and seas as well as cause problems at sewage treatment plants. This in turn could have a grave impact on regional communities.
In preparation for accidents and emergency situations, we are therefore systematically implementing measures for the prevention of environmental pollution, including the installation of backup equipment, while working to reduce the risk of pollution.
In addition, we are bolstering efforts to monitor operations and to measure the quality of water draining out of our plants to confirm compliance with relevant effluent standards.