Preserving the blessing of Nature sustainably
Astellas has always focused on the importance of biodiversity and has promoted the preserving activities positively.
For our business benefit from the blessing of Nature, biodiversity conservation is a very important issue. Through the efforts to deal with the biodiversity issues, Astellas makes contributions to tomorrow's Nature.
Basic Policy on Biodiversity
Astellas is thankful for the benefits brought about by biological diversity, and understands its business activities in all fields have an impact on ecosystems. We will make a positive contribution to the preservation of biodiversity by working to lessen that impact. Furthermore, we will actively contribute to the creation of a society that coexists with the natural world, enabling the preservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of the benefits of healthy ecosystems.
- We will endeavor to lessen our overall environmental impact on biodiversity by working to implement Climate Change Mitigation Measures, minimize environmental pollution, and promote resource recycling.
- We will endeavor to develop technologies that lessen the impact on ecosystems by lowering the burden we place on the environment and using as few natural resources as possible.
- We will endeavor to handle genetic resources in accordance with international standards and the regulations of producing nations.
- We will endeavor to broaden our efforts to preserve biodiversity with the aim of creating a sustainable society that coexists in harmony with nature. To this end, we will promote discussion within society and among affected parties, while reaching across national and geographical borders.
- We will endeavor to foster a corporate culture that will always act with respect for biodiversity and in a manner that is harmonious with our business activities, grateful for the benefits obtained from healthy ecosystems.
Biodiversity and Astellas
The government's National Biodiversity Strategy of Japan 2010 identified the challenges the country faces due to four crises affecting biodiversity. They are (1) species and habitat degeneration due to excessive human activities and development; (2) degradation of satochi-satoyama natural rural areas due to insufficient management; (3) ecosystem disturbances caused by the introduction of alien species by human activity and chemical contamination; and (4) climate change.
We believe it is difficult for Astellas to participate directly in the prevention of satochi-satoyama degradation in the course of its business activities. Accordingly, we have excluded this crisis from the scope of our biodiversity strategy. We have created an index by reclassifying the three main factors responsible for the deterioration of biodiversity, namely environmental pollution, resource consumption, and climate change.
Action Plan (Biodiversity)
Raise the Biodiversity Index to triple the fiscal 2005 level by fiscal 2020. (Global)
The Biodiversity Index for fiscal 2016 came in at 3.12 times the figure recorded in fiscal 2005, with the result that we achieved the target. Led by a reduction in GHG emissions, pollution and resource consumption, the biodiversity burden index declined, and net sales of the entire Group also decreased. As a result, the overall Biodiversity Index fell 0.06 points from the previous year. Because the review was conducted shortly after the revised Action Plan, we will not change the numerical targets as we continue to improve the overall Biodiversity Index.
Sustainable Biodiversity Initiatives through Social Contribution Activities
Among the principal factors responsible for the deterioration of biodiversity, degradation of satochi-satoyama natural rural area is said to be caused by the loss of human intervention coupled with modernization. Astellas recognizes the difficulty in direct involvement with this issue in the course of our business activities. Despite this difficulty, we are keen to pursue initiatives through our social contribution activities in cooperation with external organizations.
In fiscal 2016, we held our fifth event of tree planting on the slopes of Mount Tsukuba. More than 100 participants, including Astellas employees together with their family members on a volunteer basis, planted around 600 seedlings on Mount Tsukuba. Of these, roughly 100 had been grown from acorns collected by members of staff of the Tsukuba Research Center within the center's grounds.