Identification and Prioritization of Material Issues

Materiality in CSR activities guides our CSR-based management. Astellas has identified material issues to be addressed based on the issues regarded as prerequisites of its business activities. These include global issues related to medical care and health and other broader social issues.
Making reference to expectations and requests from a broad range of stakeholders, we classified and prioritized the material issues into three categories by evaluating their social significance and relevance to our business (CSR Materiality Matrix.) In order to tackle these material issues, we are executing a concrete action plan.

Materiality Determination Process

Step 1

Identify Issues
Astellas' material issues are identified with reference to various principles and guidelines (such as ISO 26000, the UN Global Compact's ten principles and the SASB* Materiality Map), communications with stakeholders, and evaluation items for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) indices, etc.
* SASB: Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.
A U.S. non-profit organization exploring disclosure standards for non-financial information on an industry-by-industry basis. SASB has prepared industry-specific materiality maps by evaluating the materiality of 43 factors related to the environment, society and governance.

Step 2

We will prioritize Astellas' material issues from the dual perspectives of societal significance and relevance to our business.

Step 3

Astellas' material issues will be periodically reviewed and verified. They will be modified depending on the attainment level of initiatives implemented and/or any changes in society's demands.

CSR Materiality Matrix