Environment Environmental Management

Environment & Safety Policy

Targeting the realization of the corporate philosophy and vision, the Group has formulated the Code of Conduct, which demonstrates fundamental approaches and detailed action guidelines for each worksite and is based on the Corporate Behavior Charter and the Declaration of Compliance. The Code of Conduct also includes guidelines related to the environment and safety.
In accordance with these guidelines, the Group has formulated a global Environmental & Safety Policy that stipulates rules and principles for environmental and safety activities. Throughout the supply chain, from product R&D to manufacturing, sales, distribution, use, and disposal, we are advancing activities that reflect consideration for the environment, safety, and health. In addition, we are aggressively disclosing information to society and promoting communications with stakeholders.

Code of Conduct for the Environment and Safety
In conformity with the overriding principle that safety is paramount, we strive to prevent disasters occurring at workplaces and to implement adequate precautions and preparations against all contingencies, including occupational accidents and disasters.
We also take continuing steps to reduce the impact of our corporate activities on the natural environment and we are fully committed to community environmental conservation activities.
Environment & Safety Policy
Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation and its group companies ("MTPC Group") aim to be global research-driven pharmaceutical companies that are trusted by society, and actively strive to protect global environment and ensure people's safety.
  1. 1We assess our corporate activities for their environmental impact in order to continuously reduce environmental burden.
  2. 2We give priority to safety considerations for all of our workers to prevent occurrence of occupational accidents.
  3. 3We set clear targets for our environmental and safety activities, and we effectively maintain and improve our system to achieve such targets.
  4. 4We pursue activities in compliance with not only laws and regulations relating to environment and safety, but also more rigorous corporate management standards.
  5. 5We systematically conduct training to enhance each and every employee's awareness on the environment and safety.
  6. 6We proactively disclose information relating to environment and safety so that we can deepen communication with society.
  7. 7By proactively participating in and cooperating with environmental management and disaster reduction activities organized by local communities, we prepare against unforeseen contingencies such as accidents and disasters, to minimize their impact.

Basic Approach to the Environment

In accordance with the Environment & Safety Policy, in order to protect the global environment and create a sustainable society, in every aspect of its business operations, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma is aggressively advancing initiatives in such areas as reducing resource consumption, energy consumption, and waste, and the Company is also taking steps to achieve continuing reductions in environmental burdens. We are proactively implement environmentally friendly activities, and advancing environmental communications in such areas as activities that contribute to safety and the environment.
Furthermore, as a member of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group, we are striving to realize KAITEKI (comfort) for the world by aiming to increase sustainability and contributing to reductions in environmental burdens, such as by controlling greenhouse gas emissions.

Initiatives to Address the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015. The SDGs are shared goals that should be achieved by 2030 around the world, including in developed countries, and there are calls for initiatives targeting the achievement of these goals.
The Group has set four priority issues in its environmental activities as themes for the Medium-Term Environmental Action Plan and is working to reduce its environmental impact. Of the 17 SDGs, these initiatives are activities related to goals 6, 7, 12, 13, and 15.

MTPC Group Environmental Activities (Principal Initiatives) Environmental SDGs

Energy conservation and global warming mitigation

  • Setting CO2 emission reduction targets in Japan and globally and continuously working toward them.
  • Introducing solar power generation systems in research bases and offices and using renewable energy.
  • Improving our calculations of supply chain CO2 emissions.
  • Monitoring fluorocarbon filling equipment and managing appropriately.
  • Raising energy-saving awareness through campaign targeting all employees

Goal 7

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.


Goal 13

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact

Reduction of waste, effective use of water resources

  • Setting targets to reduce water usage volume in Japan and overseas and continuously working toward them.
  • Reducing and optimizing water usage volume using treated water and rainwater regenerated from experimental and household drainage.
  • Conducting campaign to save water throughout the Company
  • Reducing waste generation and maintaining zero emissions (final waste disposal rate of less than 0.5%)
  • Systematically conducting PCB waste disposal

Goal 6

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


Goal 12

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Pollution prevention and environmental impact reduction

  • Working to reduce discharge into the environment by properly managing chemical substances.
  • Monitoring environmental impact of air and water pollutants and preventing contamination and pollution.
  • Rigorously preventing soil and groundwater contamination.

Goal 6

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


Goal 12

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Preservation of biodiversity

  • Recognizing that various environmental initiatives are linked to biodiversity, we are pursuing biodiversity initiatives through environmental activities such as reducing environmental burden, proper use of inherited resources, and harmonious coexistence with nature and society.
  • Continuously conducting Woodland conservation activities (Hachioji Takiyama) and planting activities (Osaka Ikomayama) as participatory and experiential programs for employees.

Goal 15

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Environmental Management Promotion System

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma has established an environmental and occupational safety management system, overseen by the President and CEO. It established the Environment & Safety Committee to serve as the consultative committee for this system, with members comprising representatives from the Executive Committee and others. This committee deliberates on environmental and safety activities and plans, important measures, and other matters. The Group is working to appropriately and smoothly implement environmental and safety activities. Moreover, the Environment & Safety Liaison Council has been established to further strengthen collaboration with Group companies in environmental and safety activities. The council promotes environmental management on a Groupwide basis in Japan and overseas, such as planning and implementing countermeasures for issues relating to the environment and safety. In this way, we are promoting the management of environmental issues both inside and outside Japan. In addition, in the General Affairs Department the Company has established the Environment & Safety Management Office as a specialized unit with overall responsibility for environmental and safety management. Through close ties with the frontlines, the division supports strengthened frontline capabilities and the development of a safety culture. In this way, the Company is working to prevent the occurrence or recurrence of accidents related to the environment and safety.

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma's Environment & Safety Management Promotion Structure

ISO 14001 Certifications

Of the Group's seven main production bases in Japan and overseas, the five bases shown in the table on the right have obtained ISO 14001 certification, passed certification reviews for fiscal 2015, and maintain their certification. On the other hand, at research and production bases that have not obtained ISO 14001, we are building our own environment management system in accordance with ISO 14001 and promoting environmental management appropriately.

Plants with ISO 14001 Certification

Company name Worksite
Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Factory Onoda Plant
Yoshitomi Plant
Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Korea Hyangnam Plant
Tianjin Tanabe Seiyaku Head Office Plant
Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Indonesia Bandung Plant

Environmental Compliance

The Group's Corporate Behavior Charter states that "We will work to achieve harmonious coexistence with society by acting with consideration for local communities and the environment." We have declared that "we will actively work to protect the global environment, place importance on exchange with local communities, and respect international rules," and these compliance activities need to be implemented by all officers and employees.
At production and research sites, in addition to working to achieve strict observance of environment-related laws and regulations, we have formulated independent management standards for water pollution and air pollution that are more-rigorous than legal standards, and on that basis we are advancing environmental management. In addition, we conduct regular environmental audits at worksites to confirm the status of environmental management and compliance and to confirm that environmental conservation activities are being conducted in a legal, appropriate manner.

Environmental Audits

Environment-related departments periodically conduct environmental audits at manufacturing and research facilities in Japan and overseas to confirm such matters as the status of compliance with environment-related laws and regulations, the tracking of environmental burdens, and the status of initiatives to reduce those burdens.
In these audits, we use check sheets of company regulations to check the legal requirements of each worksite, the status of compliance with internal rules, and the management status of environment-related facilities (waste storage facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, exhaust gas generation facilities, etc.), and then identify points for improvement. The business sites are then requested to submit an improvement plan and report to address those points and their response to this request is checked in the next audit. In addition, during the audit process, the people responsible at each worksite and the environment-related departments exchange views, identify potential environmental risks at the worksites, and consider countermeasures to address them. The effectiveness of environmental audits at overseas worksites is ensured by periodically incorporating EHS compliance audits by external specialists who are familiar with the laws and regulations of the countries and regions in which they are located.
In fiscal 2018, environmental audits were conducted at all six domestic worksites (Yokohama Site, Toda Site, Kashima Site, Onoda Plant, Yoshitomi Plant, Tanabe Seiyaku Yoshiki Factory). Overseas, audits were conducted at three of the four worksites targeted for audit (Tianjin Tanabe Seiyaku, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Korea, and Taiwan Tanabe Seiyaku). In addition to the two overseas worksites Tianjin Tanabe Seiyaku and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Korea, EHS compliance audits were also conducted at the Onoda Plant by external specialists this fiscal year. We also checked the status of waste management of the Head Office and Tokyo Head Office.
In Japan, we confirmed on a priority basis the handling of worksite reorganization, the status of PCB equipment retention, and soil contamination countermeasures following the revision of laws and regulations. As a result, we recognized that waste management was partially inadequate and an investigation of PCB content was needed. Overseas, it was noted that the management of waste and exhaust were partially inadequate. These inadequacies were minor and neither domestic nor overseas worksites indicated that they would lead to serious legal violations or environmental risks.

Environmental audit at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Korea (November 2018)

Environmental Education

Aiming for rigorous environmental compliance, the Group plans and implements environmental education and training in accordance with the level of employees' connections with the environment.
We continue to draw on outside lecturers sponsored by environment-related departments to implement semi-annual education and group training that is specialized yet can be put into practice immediately by employees in charge of environmental management affairs at each worksite. We are working to maintain and increase the specialized skills and knowledge of these employees regarding environmental management by having them obtain qualifications, attend outside seminars, and other means. In addition, each worksite is taking the lead in providing education for increasing knowledge about the environment to rank and file employees.

Fiscal 2018 education and training instituted by environment-related departments for people responsible for environment-related issues

Training for people responsible for waste management

People responsible for waste management at domestic Group worksites
[Date of implementation]
June 2018
Method of evaluating waste disposal companies
[No. of attendees]

Training on soil contamination

People responsible for environmental and facility management of domestic Group companies
[Date of implementation]
October 2018
Soil contamination countermeasures and legal response (including information on revisions of laws and regulations)
[No. of attendees]
Training for people responsible for waste management (held in June 2018)

Addressing Environmental Risks

The Group has formulated environment and safety risk management guidelines, and we are working to prevent environmental pollution due to harmful chemical substances, etc. In addition, to minimize pollution damage, we have established procedures for rapid, accurate responses in times of crisis, and we periodically plan and implement education and training.
In particular, the Group is concerned about any influence on local communities from a discharge of chemical substances to public water bodies, and accordingly in preparation for unforeseen contingencies the Group has installed systems that can prevent environmental pollution, such as automatic emergency shutoff valves for wastewater and installation of water tanks for use in prevention of outflow. In this way, the Group is working to prevent pollution risk.
On the other hand, in recent years, climate change has become more apparent and there are growing calls around the world for measures to address climate change risk. In addition, water risk, such as water depletion, flooding, and water pollution, is susceptible to the influence of climate change. Moving forward, the Group will track and analyze the relationship between its business activities and climate change risk and water risk, identify risks that affect business operations and available opportunities.

Status of Environmental Accidents/ Violations of Environmental Laws and Regulations

The Group continues to implement rigorous environmental compliance, to prevent the occurrence of environmental accidents or problems, and to follow environment-related laws and regulations.
In fiscal 2018, for the second consecutive year, the Group had no environmental accidents and no major violations of environment-related laws and regulations.

Occurrence of environmental accidents and major violations of environment-related laws and regulations

Fiscal Year No. of incidents Description
2014 1 Accidental drainage of an aqueous solution containing harmful chemical substances
2015 1 Wastewater standard deviation due to outflow of cooking oil from cafeteria
2016 1 Inappropriate use of genetically modified organisms
2017 0 -
2018 0 -

Environmental Accounting

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma works to promote effective and efficient environmental management by ascertaining and analyzing the costs and effects of environmental conservation activities and the impact these activities have on economic performance.
Environmental conservation costs for fiscal 2018 were 33 million yen in investments and 713 million yen in running costs. We also implemented environmental conservation measures, such as ending the use of low-efficiency boilers that run on both oil and gas, and achieved a reduction of 557 tons-CO2eq in greenhouse gas emissions and an economic benefit of 19 million yen.

Environmental Conservation Costs (millions of yen)

Item Invested Expended
Pollution prevention 32 307
Global environmental protection 0 66
Recycling and reuse of resources 0 166
Upstream and downstream activities 0 5
Administrative activities 0 160
Research and development 0 0
Community activities 0 0
Environmental damage compensation 1 9
Total 33 713

Environmental Conservation Effects

Reduction of environmental impact Quantity reduced
Global environmental protection Greenhouse gas emission reduction (tons-CO2eq) 557

Economic Effects Resulting from Environmental Conservation Measures (millions of yen)

Details of initiatives Economic effect
Sales of valuable materials 1.0
Electric consumption reduced through energy-saving measures 18.0
Reduction in expenses through energy-saving and recycling measures 0.2
Total 19.2

*Fiscal 2018 data was calculated according to the Environmental Accounting Guidelines (2005 edition) published by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan.