Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were to build upon the Millennium Development Goals, were formally adopted as the universal, integrated and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 associated targets.
Referring to the SDG Compass, Astellas has identified issues for priority action, based on the evaluation of positive and negative SDG-related impacts across the entire value chain. Going forward, Astellas plans to contribute to the attainment of the SDGs through various business activities and measures to fulfill its corporate social responsibilities.
Identified SDGs Issues for Priority Actions
Focus on Improving Access to Health in Four Areas
In regard to “Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being” under the SDGs, Astellas has identified four areas where it is working to address Access to Health issues. ¬The four areas are (1) Creating innovation, (2) Enhancing availability, (3) Strengthening healthcare systems, and (4) Improving health literacy.
One of our priorities for creating innovation is drug discovery research for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). In April 2016, Astellas signed a new collaborative research agreement with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) to discover new drugs for the treatment of Chagas disease. This is agreement is based on knowledge obtained through collaborative research undertaken with AIST and other partners. Moreover, in June 2016, Astellas signed a new collaborative development agreement with the Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo, on the rice-based oral vaccine “MucoRice-CTB” against cholera and enterotoxigenic Escheria coli (E coli) caused diarrheal diseases. Furthermore, Astellas is working closely with partners to develop a pediatric formulation of praziquantel tablets for the treatment of schistosomiasis.
Advancing Various Initiatives to Reduce Environmental Impact
Astellas is advancing initiatives such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting resource recycling and improving the Biodiversity Index. Through these and other initiatives, Astellas will contribute to achieving SDGs such as “Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation,” “Goal 13: Climate Action,” and “Goal 15: Life on Land.”