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Environment

Our lives, communities and business activities are inextricably linked to the environment. The Otsuka group embraces its responsibility to care for the environment and pursue sustainability at every stage, from the manufacturing of products through to their use.

Environmental Management

An information exchange meeting for environmental managers from group production facilities is growing into a global system to promote group-wide environmental activities.

Environmental Policy / Guidelines

Otsuka Group Environmental Policy
As a global healthcare company and a responsible corporate citizen, the Otsuka group will always take account of the global environment when it pursues its business activities. The group will work on environmental issues with its trademark qualities of independence, proactiveness, and creativity.

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1. Provide products and services that are friendly to the environment

At all stages, from product research, development and production through to distribution, sales, and disposal, the group will assess environmental impacts, and formulate and implement eco-friendly measures.

2. Contribute to a low-carbon society
Recognizing that there are limited global resources, the group will contribute to the realization of a carbon-neutral society by restricting emissions of greenhouse gases and conserving resources. The group will reduce carbon dioxide emissions through energy conservation and by improving the productivity of resource use.

3. Contribute to a sound material-cycle society
Natural resources have finite availability, so the group will minimize their consumption by reducing waste discharge and by recycling resources through reuse, material recycling and thermal recycling, along with suitable disposal.

4. Conserve biodiversity
The group will continue to pursue initiatives for the promotion of biodiversity in order to maintain diversity of ecosystems, species, and genetic characteristics.

5. Ensure compliance
The group will comply with environmental legislation as well as social norms. In addition, the group will respond to society’s expectations and independently set itself further, stricter voluntary standards and rules, with which the group will then work hard to comply.

6. Actively engage in social initiatives
The group will engage in broad social communication, and as a good corporate citizen it will actively and continuously pursue social initiatives. The group will focus on the three key themes, “health,” “the natural environment,” and “local communities”, in order to promote efforts for the contribution to human health.

7. Enhance risk management
The group will work to minimize potential risk to the environment from sudden accidents and emergencies, through preparation of crisis management plans and implementation of risk management programs.
 
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Otsuka Group Environmental Promotion Council

As a global company contributing to the health of the people of the world, the Otsuka group companies are seriously working to reduce the burden on the global environment through its main business, and we intend to contribute to the building of a sustainable society that protects the nature and the future of the earth. In 2015, we established the Otsuka Group Global Environmental Council comprised of group-wide coordinators, environmental managers from group companies, and a secretariat, and we have established the Otsuka Group Environmental Policy and Guidelines, and we are advancing initiatives for environmental management through cooperative work that transcends the boundaries between the group companies. The Otsuka group has identified “climate change,” “water resource,” and “resource management” as the important issues in its initiatives for the environment, and now we have commenced deliberations toward establishment of a long-term environmental vision that is consistent with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, global standard information disclosure, and the establishment of medium-term environmental goals, including a specific action plan to commence from 2019.
Going forward, we will deepen the understanding and awareness of environmental problems by providing environmental education to our employees and strengthen and practice environmental management that meets our social responsibility and the demands of the global society by further strengthening collaboration between the group companies.
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Environmental Education

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: “Otsuka Academy of the Environment” educational tool

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory’s e-learning for biodiversity

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory’s e-learning for biodiversity

Otsuka Pharmaceutical has provided an ongoing environmental e-learning program, the Otsuka Academy of the Environment, for all employees since its launch in 2011. This program has fostered an awareness and understanding of environmental issues for employees engaged in environmental activities in and out of the company. Comprehension tests have been used to reinforce learning. Since 2014, the program participation rate has been 100% and the program ensures employees knowledgeable of environmental considerations.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory is developing an environmental e-learning program to support self-directed learning. The ongoing program, begun in 2014, now offers two courses comprising twenty topics; Environmental Studies (fundamental knowledge, such as basics of global warming) and Environmental Law Studies. In 2017 it worked to improve employees’ environmental awareness by delivering the environmental studies entitled “biodiversity-conscious business activities” and “environmental activities required to companies today.”
Taiho Pharmaceutical also provides environmental e-learning to all employees based on the latest topics. In 2017 the company implemented e-learning to understand biodiversity which brings a significant benefit to the pharmaceutical industry and to become aware of the importance of its conservation. Environmental education for corporate officers and board members has also been implemented to enhance environmental management capabilities.
EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Hanamaki Plant conducts a thorough segregation of disposals including films. Through the inspection tour of disposal contractor, it encourages its employees to understand and share with their colleagues the meaning of separating the waste at its own site and how the disposals are being used as part of environmental education.
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Third-party validation

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The Otsuka group of companies receives a third-party assurance for the purpose of improving the reliability of its environment-related data. This assurance in FY2017 applies to greenhouse gas emissions in scopes 1, 2 (fuel, gas, electricity, etc.), and 3 (category 1: purchased goods and services; category 2: capital goods) for the period January 1 to December 31, 2017.
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Environment
Environmental Management
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Environmental Policy / Guidelines

Otsuka Group Environmental Policy As a global healthcare company and a res...

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Environmental Management
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Otsuka Group Environmental Promotion Council

As a global company contributing to the health of the people of the world, ...

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Environmental Education

Otsuka Pharmaceutical has provided an ongoing environmental e-learning prog...

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Environmental Management
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Third-party validation

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Climate Change Response
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Climate Change Response

The impact of climate change is perceived to be a serious risk by the Otsuk...

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Climate Change Response
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Initiatives on the Production Floor

The Otsuka group aims to help prevent global warming by promoting both tang...

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Climate Change Response
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Reducing CO2 Emissions from Logistics

The Otsuka Group is implementing a variety of initiatives to reduce the env...

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Climate Change Response
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Initiatives in the Office

The Otsuka group is focused on improving energy use efficiency in buildings...

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Climate Change Response
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Clean Energy Use

The Otsuka group is actively pursuing clean energy. It is working to reduce...

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Climate Change Response
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Use of Green Curtains

Every year the offices and factories of Taiho Pharmaceutical plant bitter g...

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Climate Change Response
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Forest Conservation Activities such as Tree Planting and Thinning

Every year since fiscal 2010 Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory and Taiho Pharma...

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Eco-Friendly Products
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Lighter Containers

The Otsuka group has introduced lighter containers that conserve resources ...

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Eco-Friendly Products
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Lighter Product Packaging

The Otsuka Group is taking measures to reduce the weight of cardboard and o...

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Eco-Friendly Products
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Product Development Targeting Both User Convenience and Waste Reduction

Otsuka Pharmaceutical is responding to the comments of its customers that “...

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Eco-Friendly Products
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Sustainable Product Design

Otsuka Pharmaceutical has established the Product Environmental Assessment ...

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Eco-Friendly Products
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CRYSTAL GEYSER to become first drink to feature COOL CHOICE logo

In the interest of achieving the goal of a 26% reduction in greenhouse gas ...

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Waste Reduction
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Resources Symbiosis Initiatives

Through 3R (reduce, reuse, and recycle) promotion efforts, the Otsuka group...

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Waste Reduction
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Waste Reduction and 3R Promotion

Through 3R (reduce, reuse, and recycle) promotion efforts, the Otsuka group...

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Waste Reduction
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Water Resource Initiatives

The Otsuka Group has presented water resources as one of the important issu...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Basic Approach and Guidelines

Basic Approach The Otsuka group recognizes the invaluable benefits provide...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Relationship between Biodiversity and Business Activities

The Otsuka group manufactures and sells a wide range of products such as ph...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Creating Biotopes

Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Tokushima Itano Factory has created facilities that...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Initiatives for Protecting and Breeding Endangered Species

Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Tokushima Itano Factory is working to protect and b...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Otsuka Group Non-Native Fishing Tournament

Lake Biwa is well known as Japan’s largest lake and has been a local source...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Community Activity: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Environmental Club

Many Otsuka group employees living in Tokushima participate as volunteers i...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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RSPO Certification

As palm oil is used as an ingredient in biscuits and other products, Nutrit...

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Environmental Club Receives Tokushima Environmental Prefectural Assembly Award

 The Otsuka Pharmaceutical Environmental Club—an employee volunteer group t...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Early-morning Cleanup of Naruto Otsuka Sports Park

On June 16, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory took part in the cleaning activit...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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2017 Zero Rubbish Campaign and Major Cleanup

As part of their social contribution activities, Otsuka Chemical and Otsuka...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Participation in Cleanup Campaign

In June 2017, together with the Otsuka group companies located in Takasaki,...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Tokushima Wajiki Factory Receives METI Minister’s Award in Factory Greening Award Program

On November 1, Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Wajiki factory was presented with th...