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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 product lifecycle, 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. We assess our corporate activities for their environmental impact in order to continuously reduce environmental burden.
  • 2. We give priority to safety considerations for all of our workers to prevent occurrence of occupational accidents.
  • 3. We set clear targets for our environmental and safety activities, and we effectively maintain and improve our system to achieve such targets.
  • 4. We pursue activities in compliance with not only laws and regulations relating to environment and safety, but also more rigorous corporate management standards.
  • 5. We systematically conduct training to enhance each and every employee's awareness on the environment and safety.
  • 6. We proactively disclose information relating to environment and safety so that we can deepen communication with society.
  • 7. By 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, so as to minimize their impact.
Basic Approach to the Environment

In accordance with the Environment & Safety Policy, in order to help 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 sustained reductions in environmental burdens. In addition, we proactively implement environmentally friendly activities, and we are advancing environmental communications in such areas as activities that contribute to safety and the environment.

Furthermore, as a member of the MCHC 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. From the 17 SDGs, the Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Group has selected goals 6, 7, 12, 13, and 15 for special emphasis in the Group's environmental activities.

  • Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
  • Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
Environmental Management Promotion System

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma has established an environmental and occupational safety management system, overseen by the President and CEO. The Environment & Safety Committee serves as the consultative committee for this system, with members comprising representatives from the Executive Committee and others. The Environment & Safety 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

The Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Group's principal production sites in Japan and overseas have acquired either ISO 14001 certification or other certifications established by relevant local municipalities. The Group has established and operates an environmental management system and works to continually improve that system. Furthermore, in research facilities and offices we are also implementing appropriate environmental management in accordance with such factors as the location and the extent of the environmental burden associated with business activities.

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
Tanabe 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 original check sheets to evaluate from a unified perspective the status of each worksite's implementation in regard to legally required matters and internal rules. In addition, measures to address matters that were indicated in the previous audit and the status of management of environment-related facilities. In addition, through these processes opinions are exchanged in a close manner between worksites and environment-related departments, thereby fostering a unified understanding of the current state of affairs. At the same time, we are working to foster the advance identification of potential environmental risks at worksites and to consider countermeasures. Furthermore, in overseas audits, we periodically audit EHS compliance through external specialist organizations.

In fiscal 2017, environmental audits were conducted at 6 domestic worksites (Yokohama Office, Toda Office, Kashima Office, Onoda Plant, Yoshitomi Plant, Tanabe Seiyaku Yoshiki Factory Co., Ltd.), and at 1 overseas worksite (P.T. Tanabe Indonesia). No items were indicated as entailing major legal violations or environmental risk at any of the worksites. On the other hand, there were incidents of worksites with record-keeping deficiencies, etc., regarding certain environment-related rules, which were confirmed on a priority basis for domestic worksites. However, support and follow-up initiatives by environment-related departments have resulted in steady improvements. Moreover, the Minamata Convention has taken effect, and revisions have been made to the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Law regarding mercury-related waste. We are also taking steps to confirm that each worksite is responding appropriately to these revisions.

Environmental audit at Tianjin Tanabe Seiyaku (September 2017)
~ Advancing Initiatives with the Aim Establishing a KAITEKI Environment ~

To respond to the recent increase in societal demands regarding the environment, health, and safety, in fiscal 2017 Tianjin Tanabe Seiyaku Co., Ltd. restructured its EHS management system. An environment and safety office was established as a general supervisory unit, and full-time staff members were assigned.

In regard to the environment, Tianjin Tanabe Seiyaku acquired ISO14001 certification in 2009, and in fiscal 2017 the company completed the transition to the 2015 version and re-registration. In these ways, Tianjin Tanabe Seiyaku is working to strengthen its management system. Moreover, the company has formulated rules for the prevention of unforeseen environmental accidents and established measures to minimize the impact on the environment from unforeseen accidents. In facilities, Tianjin Tanabe Seiyaku has increased low-nitrogen combustion equipment and achieved a year-on-year reduction of approximately 35% in NOx emissions volume. Furthermore, the company was also able to reduce the additional amount of taxes from an environmental conservation tax that took effect in China from January 2018.

In addition to strengthening its environmental management, Tianjin Tanabe Seiyaku continues to advance recyclable item collection activities and building site greening activities. Moving forward, the company will continue to implement initiatives targeting the establishment of a KAITEKI environment.

Deputy Chief Wu Zheng (left) and Mr. Zhao Jian (right) from Tianjin Tanabe Seiyaku's Environment & Safety Department
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 to implement semi-annual education and 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. Training participants have evaluated these initiatives highly. In addition, each organizational unit is taking the lead in the implementation of education fostering basic knowledge and awareness regarding the environment.

Fiscal 2017 education and training instituted
by environment-related departments for people responsible for environment-related issues
○Training for people responsible for waste management
[Participants] People responsible for waste management at domestic Group worksites
[Date of implementation] June 2017
[Content] Differences in interpretation of laws and regulations related to waste management, management of mercury waste
○Training in environment-related chemical substance laws and regulations
[Participants] People in charge of environment-related chemical substance management at domestic Group worksites
[Date of implementation] October 2017
[Content] Laws and regulations and internal regulations for environment-related chemical substances (CFCs, PRTR/VOC, asbestos, mercury)
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 risk and water risk. We will organize information regarding risks that affect operations and other aspects of management as well as available opportunities and move forward with initiatives.

Status of Environmental Accidents/Problems and Compliance with Environment-Related Laws and Regulations

In fiscal 2017, there were no incidents of environmental accidents or problems at the Group's worksites in Japan and overseas. Also, there were no major violations of environment-related laws and regulations.

Moving forward, the Group will continue working to implement rigorous environmental compliance, to prevent the occurrence of environmental accidents or problems, and to follow environment-related laws and regulations.

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 2017 were ¥56 million in investments and ¥725 million in running costs. The economic benefit of environmental conservation measures was ¥5 million.

Environmental Conservation Costs
(millions of yen)
Item Invested Expended
Pollution prevention 56 305
Global environmental protection 0 52
Recycling and reuse of resources 0 175
Upstream and downstream activities 0 21
Administrative activities 0 163
Research and development 0 0
Community activities 0 1
Environmental damage compensation 0 9
Total 56 725
Environmental Conservation Effects
Reduction of environmental impact Quantity reduced
Global environmental protection Greenhouse gas emission reduction 138 (t-CO2)
Economic Effects Resulting from Environmental Conservation
Measures (millions of yen)
Details of initiatives Economic effect
Sales of valuable materials 1.4
Electric consumption reduced through energy-saving measures 2.5
Reduction in expenses through energy-saving and recycling measures 0.9
Total 4.8
  • Notes regarding calculations for fiscal 2017 data:
  • 1.Data was calculated according to the Environmental Accounting Guidelines (2005 edition) published by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan.
  • 2.Calculation period: April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018
  • 3.Scope: All Group worksites in Japan.
  • 4.Calculation methods:
    • (1) Simple method for amount invested (25%, 50%, 75%, 100%);
    • (2) Depreciation is calculated based on the legally defined service life of applicable items; and
    • (3) The full amounts for non-depreciation costs are posted only if 100% environment related
  • 5.Method of tallying and assessing "Effects on the environmental preservation measures":
    • (1) Only material effects based on conclusive grounds for each environmental measure are tallied and assessed; and
    • (2) Effects observed within the fiscal year are tallied by converting them to a period of 12 months, and evaluated by comparing them to the year before the measures were implemented (or the previous fiscal year).