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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.

Protecting Biodiversity

The Otsuka group endeavors to maintain and preserve biodiversity. Through a growing understanding of the impact of its business activities on ecosystems, the group strives to minimize this impact and promote a society where humans and the natural environment are mutually beneficial.

Basic Approach and Guidelines

Basic Approach
The Otsuka group recognizes the invaluable benefits provided by the global environment, and thus deeply values the wonder of life. It understands that nature’s gifts are the key to our future, and is consequently committed to protecting biodiversity worldwide.

Guidelines
1. The group will deepen its understanding of the relationship between business activities and biodiversity.

2. The group will strive to reduce the environmental impact of business activities that impact biodiversity.

3. The group will strive for sustainable use of resources (including ecosystem services), and for fair and equitable distribution of genetic resources in accordance with international arrangements.

4. The group will work on conservation of biodiversity by communicating, cooperating and collaborating with stakeholders worldwide.

5. The group will help foster public awareness of biodiversity.
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Relationship between Biodiversity and Business Activities

The Otsuka group manufactures and sells a wide range of products such as pharmaceuticals, IV solutions, beverages, foods, and chemicals. Biodiversity is integral to all group activity in these business domains; biodiversity supports business activities and is, at the same time, impacted by them. Thus an accurate understanding of this interrelationship is necessary as the group seeks to promote initiatives aimed at reducing impacts on biodiversity.

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Water Resource Initiatives

In fiscal 2016, the 13 group companies in Japan used 12.222 million m3 of water in business activities. Outside Japan, 34 group companies used 6.441 million m3 of water, resulting in total use of 18.663 million m3. Water resources play a major role in the group’s business. Water usage amounts are analyzed and compared among group companies as part of Otsuka’s efforts to reduce environmental impact and use limited resources wisely.
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* The “In Japan” results are for the nine months Apr–Dec, but the “Outside Japan” results are for the twelve months Jan–Dec

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Creating Biotopes

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Biotope at Tokushima Itano Factory

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: Biotope at Okayama Plant

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Emerging rhinoceros beetle

Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Tokushima Itano Factory has created facilities that are friendly to people and the environment on the basis of building harmonious relationships with the natural environment. The design of the factory complex includes incorporating the pre-construction landscape, and reintroducing native plants in an effort to preserve the original biological habitats. A natural forest area was left intact on the factory grounds. The forest has various species of oak that attract a wide range of seasonal wild birds, and provide a relaxing recreational space for employees and visitors. The biotope pond, fed by cooling water from the plant, provides an environment for diverse aquatic creatures to flourish, including dragonfly larva, water scorpions, and pygmy water lilies. A spot near the biotope pond was created where rhinoceros beetles can thrive. Every year leaves from deciduous trees on the plant grounds are used to raise several hundred beetles, which are popular with children who come to tour the plant.
Located in a scenic spot overlooking Kugui Bay in the city of Bizen, Taiho Pharmaceutical’s Okayama Plant has implemented an eco-friendly wastewater treatment system for discharging the cooling and cleaning water generated in the manufacture of the Tiovita Drink series. The system enables the plant to discharge the treated water into the sea in a condition closer to its natural state. Fish and small animals thrive in the biotope that features a babbling brook, a deep pool, and sandbars. Insects and birds are attracted to food sources that flourish along the water’s edges. The wastewater that is filtered through this 300-meter long biotope is eventually released into the sea as organically rich as natural stream water. The biotope thus contributes to regional biodiversity conservation.
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Initiatives to Protect Water Resources

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Ridge Vineyards

Ridge Vineyards, a world-renowned winery in Northern California uses technology in an innovative way to reduce the quantity of water used to irrigate their vines. The technology, which measures how much water is lost by a grapevine and whether it is under water stress, enables the vineyard to gather information on when and where it is appropriate to irrigate. Judicious water management has helped cut the water used to irrigate by 50% without affecting the quality of the wine.
In Indonesia, Otsuka Indonesia and P.T. Amerta Indah Otsuka are donating trees and planting them around their factories and nearby mountain slopes to provide forestation for watershed protection.
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Initiatives for Protecting and Reintroducing Endangered Species

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Cyprinid fish exchange meeting (1)

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Cyprinid fish exchange meeting (2)

Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Tokushima Itano Factory is working to protect and breed a small freshwater cyprinid fish, designated as an endangered species. The fish are raised in a biotope pond on the factory grounds before being reintroduced into their natural environment. The cyprinid was thought to be extinct in Tokushima Prefecture, but was rediscovered in this region in 2004. The factory then decided to get involved in a collaborative project launched by the prefecture involving industry, government, and academia to bring back the endangered fish. In 2012, the factory began to raise 1,000 fish provided by the prefecture in its biotope pond, and is careful to exchange individual adult fish with those from other breeding ponds in the region to reduce inbreeding. Once breeding reached the point where some fish could be returned to the natural environment, a trial release of 2,000 fish, including 140 from the factory pond, was conducted in 2015. In 2016, the prefecture, along with participating local high schools and companies, conducted individual fish exchanges to reduce inbreeding and also held a meeting to share data on breeding individuals and environment water quality.
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Otsuka Group Non-Native Fishing Tournament

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Participants in the fishing tournament

Lake Biwa is well known as Japan’s largest lake and has been a local source of drinking water in the region. However, the propagation of non-native fish such as the bluegill has caused a decline in native and primitive fish species in Lake Biwa; this has put the local ecosystem in danger. The Otsuka group has 12 sites in Shiga Prefecture near the lake. As part of a project promoted by the prefecture to eliminate invasive species, the group has been holding an annual fishing tournament since 2009 to catch non-native fish. In 2016, a record 172 group employees and family members participated in the event.
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Community Activity: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Environmental Club

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Environmental Club

Many Otsuka group employees living in Tokushima participate as volunteers in the Otsuka Pharmaceutical Environment Club. This club collaborates with local government and other organizations by promoting and participating in activities such as collecting shoreline rubbish and gathering data for the International Coastal Cleanup initiative hosted by JEAN. In recognition of these efforts, the club received a Tokushima Environmental Prefectural Assembly* Award.

* Established in 2000 under the basic philosophy of the Tokushima Prefecture Environmental Principal Ordinance. The assembly makes recommendations, conducts research, and raises public awareness through cooperating and collaborating with the citizens of Tokushima, businesses, and government agencies. In conjunction with their roles, the assembly also engages in proactive and independent activities to reduce environmental impacts. The foremost objective—as outlined by the Tokushima environmental charter—is a prefecture where people and nature flourish harmoniously together.
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Sustainable Ingredients

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Nutrition & Santé products

As palm oil is used as an ingredient in biscuits and other products, Nutrition & Santé SAS participates in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO*). The company seeks to ensure that its facilities and those of suppliers use RSPO-certified oil for Nutrition & Santé products.

* Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil: An NPO seeking to secure sustainable sources of palm oil while protecting the environment. It was established in 2004 in response to rising concerns worldwide, and unites stakeholders such as the WWF, from all seven sectors of the palm oil industry.
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Factory Grounds Open to the Community

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Exciting Summer in Wajiki

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: Illuminated display at the Kitajima Plant

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Tree workshop

Factories of the Otsuka group carry out regular cleanup activities on areas around their grounds. With a policy of openness toward local communities, some factories open their grounds to the public for cherry blossom viewing in the spring. Group sites also collaborate on various community events for regional revitalization. Together with Otsuka Techno, the local government, and chamber of commerce, Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Tokushima Wajiki Factory holds a free outdoor concert every year, called Exciting Summer in Wajiki. The concert is staged on a grassy area on the factory grounds during the Awa Odori Festival. In 2016, the concert drew 5,000 people from all over Japan. Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Tokushima Itano Factory holds an event for the local community under the theme of health and environmental protection. The event is called Asan Walking Festival in Itano. Elsewhere, in cooperation with the town of Yoshinogari, the Saga Factory provides a tree workshop for children and local residents to better understand the natural environment. The grounds of Taiho Pharmaceutical’s Kitajima Plant include walking paths and rows of cherry blossom trees. In addition to providing a peaceful, relaxing space for local residents during plant operating hours, the plant also hosts special events such as illuminated cherry blossoms in spring and an LED illuminated display in winter. Furthermore, disaster prevention agreements have been signed with Kitajima Town, Tokushima City, and Tokushima Prefecture. In the event of a large-scale disaster, part of the factory site will be opened as a temporary evacuation site. A system for disaster preparedness has also been created with the local community.
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Reducing Waste

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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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Water Resource Initiatives

In fiscal 2016, the 13 group companies in Japan used 12.222 million m3 of w...

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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 to Protect Water Resources

Ridge Vineyards, a world-renowned winery in Northern California uses techno...

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Initiatives for Protecting and Reintroducing Endangered Species

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

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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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Community Activity: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Environmental Club

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

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Sustainable Ingredients

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

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Factory Grounds Open to the Community

Factories of the Otsuka group carry out regular cleanup activities on areas...