Contributing to a More Sustainable Society is Essential for
enhancing Astellas’ Sustainability
Realizing Our Mission of Making Astellas’ Sustainable
Astellas recognizes our contribution to social sustainability is essential for our sustainability as an organization. Astellas is committed to engaging in the sustainability of society by fulfilling our social responsibilities as a pharmaceutical company, including but not limited to providing healthcare solutions such as a pharmaceutical products that satisfy unmet medical needs. As a result, we earn trust from society for both the Company and our products, which enhances Astellas’ sustainability.
This positive cycle will lead to the realization of our mission, "sustainable enhancement of enterprise value" through fulfillment of our raison d'etre "contribute toward improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products." In short, for Astellas, contributing to the sustainability of society means the realization of its philosophy.
The activities we have carried out under the aforementioned philosophy continue to be well-received externally.
For example, Astellas has been named to the FTSE4Good Index Series, a representative investment index, for 10 consecutive years. Astellas is also included as a constituent in all of the ESG investment indexes adopted by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) in Japan, which are FTSE Blossom Japan Index, MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index, MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN) and S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index.
Engaging in Value Creation and Value Protection
Sustainability that Astellas is engaged in has two aspects: value creation and value protection.
Through its business activities, Astellas is creating value for society by addressing social issues such as unmet medical needs, and by rewarding stakeholders.
By reinvesting the profit we gain through business activities, we strengthen our capabilities in research and development. In addition, by winning the trust from government and business partners in each country, we create new business opportunities. That is to say, value for Astellas is created.
Astellas seeks to reduce its environmental burden, preserve biodiversity, ensure compliance, and takes measures to prevent corruption. In addition to the social value of these activities, these contribute to mitigating reputation risks and enhancing our corporate brand, thereby protecting our enterprise value.
Framework for Contributing to Sustainability
Astellas has established the Sustainability Advisory Panel, and Environment, Social or Governance Working Group (E・S・G Working Group) led by Sustainability division and consisting of cross-functional members. These organizations promote activities to contribute to sustainability by all departments from a long-term, strategic and groupwide perspective. Sustainability annual plan and activities are required to be reported to the Board of Directors. Important issues are deliberated by the Executive Committee* and approval is obtained by the Board of Directors by each issue.
* The Committee discusses material issues concerning business strategies, product strategies, corporate management, and personnel of the Astellas Group companies. The Committee consists of the President and Chief Executive Officer; the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Business Officer; the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer; the Chief Medical Officer; the Chief Commercial Officer; the Chief Scientific Officer; the Chief Financial Officer; and the General Counsel.
Sustainability Advisory Panel
The panel’s primary focus is on Astellas’ sustainability issues that are overarching to Environment, Social and Governance issues.
E・S・G Working Groups
With reference to the principles, guidelines and the external environment, respective Working Groups consider improvement plans for key ESG issue. They also verify the progress of ESG initiatives and conduct advocacy activities.
Sustainability Division is responsible for working as a secretariat of the Sustainability Advisory Panel and each Working Group and responding to sustainability issues throughout the entire Astellas Group, raising sustainability awareness internally and externally in collaboration with communication functions.