Basic Environmental Policies

Sumitomo Pharma recognizes responsibility for the environmental impact through our business activities and strive to reduce negative environmental impact in all aspects of our business operation.

The Basic Environmental Policies, established in fiscal 2005 and revised in fiscal 2021, express our objectives and initiatives to realize and have served as a pillar for promoting all our environmental activities since they were established.

Under the Basic Environmental Policies, we have formulated Mid-term Environmental Goals that specifies issues of special importance and objectives. In addition, we have formulated Mid-term Environmental Plans and Annual Implementation Plans. This way, we ensure that our environmental activities are systematic and effective.

Basic Environmental Policies

With awareness that the global environment is now facing a serious crisis, Sumitomo Pharma will make concerted efforts to preserve the environment and help create a recycling-oriented society through all its corporate activities as a company with a mission to contribute to the betterment of healthcare and fuller lives of people, thereby contributing to realizing a sustainable society.

  • (1) Engage in business activities with a low environmental impact through efforts toward resource saving, energy saving, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste reduction, etc.
  • (2) Strive to develop products and technologies with minimal environmental impact at all stages of lifecycles (procurement, manufacturing, marketing, logistics, usage, disposal, transportation).
  • (3) In addition to operating environmental management systems and complying with environment-related laws and regulations, establish voluntary management standards for preventing environmental pollution.
  • (4) Have all employees participate in environmental conservation initiatives through educational and awareness-raising activities.
  • (5) Urge suppliers and other business partners to help environmental conservation.
  • (6) Carry out environmental due diligence for all business activities (Including corporate merger and acquisition transactions).
  • (7) Proactively disclose environmental information and engage in dialogue with stakeholders.

Click here ("CSR-Based Procurement") for information on environmental protection and considerations on CSR-Based Procurement.

Long-term Environmental Goals (by Fiscal 2050)

Priority issues Goals
Realizing decarbonized society Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) to curtail rises in average global temperatures.
<Target> Aiming at zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 1 + 2) by fiscal 2050.

Long-term Environmental Goals (by Fiscal 2030)

Priority issues Goals
Creating low-carbon society
  • Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) to curtail rises in average global temperatures.
    <Target> Reduce GHG emissions (Scope 1+2) by 35% from fiscal 2017 level by fiscal 2030.
Efficient use of resources Water
  • Preserve water resources by reducing water withdrawal.
    <Target> Reduce water withdrawal by 12% from fiscal 2018 level by fiscal 2030.
Waste
  • Carry out proper waste management and treatment, and promote 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) to efficiently utilize limited resources.
    <Targets>
  • ① Maintain recycling rate at 80% or higher and aim for at least 85% by fiscal 2030.
  • ② Maintain final disposal rate at less than 1% and aim for less than 0.5% by fiscal 2030.

Mid-term Environmental Goals (Fiscal 2021-2023)

Priority issues Goals
Creating low-carbon society
  • Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) to curtail rises in average global temperatures.
    <Target> Reduce GHG emissions (Scope 1+2) by 35% from fiscal 2017 level by fiscal 2030.*
  • Promote energy saving through more efficient energy usage.
    <Target> Reduce 5-year average per-unit energy consumption by at least 1% each year.
Efficient use of resources Water
  • Preserve water resources by reducing water withdrawal.
    <Target> Reduce water withdrawal by 12% from fiscal 2018 level by fiscal 2030.*
Waste
  • Carry out proper waste management and treatment, and promote 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) to efficiently utilize limited resources.
    <Targets>
  • ① Maintain recycling rate at 80% or higher and aim for at least 85% by fiscal 2030.*
  • ② Maintain final disposal rate at less than 1% and aim for less than 0.5% by fiscal 2030.*
Management of chemical substances
  • Properly manage chemical substances to prevent air, water and ground pollution.
    <Targets>
  • ① Maintain atmospheric emission rate of PRTR substances at less than 1%.
  • ② Maintain atmospheric emission rate of VOC substances at less than 1%.
  • Act responsibly as a company producing and selling antimicrobials through efforts to prevent antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
    <Target> Conduct regular AMR audits of Oita Plant.

Compliance with laws and regulations

Prevention of environmental accidents

  • Draw up environmental management operation manuals for the operation and continuous improvement of environment management systems.
    <Targets>
  • ① Maintain ISO14001 certification for 2 plants.
  • ② Regularly carry out internal environmental audits.
  • ③ Aim at zero serious violations of laws and regulations and zero environmental accidents.
Education, raising awareness
  • Through continuous environmental education, make all staff fully aware of the importance of environmental conservation.
    <Target> Make Japanese "Environment Month (June)" an environmental awareness month and have all staff participate through awareness-enhancing messages from the executive officer in charge (every year).
Biodiversity conservation Have each business site actively participate in local activities contributing to biodiversity (cleaning up river beds etc.).

Proper information disclosure

Evaluation and management of risks and opportunities

  • Disclose reliable information on the environment in a proper and timely manner and engage in active dialogue with stakeholders.
    <Target> Evaluate and manage risks and opportunities related to climate change and water and disclose relevant information.
*Evaluate progress toward the targets of the Long-term Environmental Goals, and formulate and implement measures to help ensure achievement of the goals.