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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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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 for Protecting and Breeding Endangered Species

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: The first capture from the biotope pond (160 fish captured in 30 minutes)

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Neighboring elementary school children releasing the fish into the canal

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 has carefully exchanged individual adult fish with those of 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 company along with prefecture, high schools conducted the individual fish exchanges to reduce inbreeding, and held a meeting to share data on breeding individuals and water quality. In 2017, additional 1,400 fish, including 246 from the factory pond, were released into the natural environment.
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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 2017, a record 168 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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RSPO Certification

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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.

* The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established in 2004 mainly by the seven related groups, including World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in order to promote the production and use of sustainable palm oil.
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Environmental Club Receives Tokushima Environmental Prefectural Assembly Award

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Tokushima Environmental Prefectural Assembly Award

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Environmental Club Members Rejoice at the Award

 The Otsuka Pharmaceutical Environmental Club—an employee volunteer group that participates in shoreline cleanup activities mainly in the vicinity of Chidorigahama in Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan—received the Tokushima Environmental Prefectural Assembly Award* at the 2017 Tokushima Environment Awards held in March 2017. Since its formation in 2012, the club has collaborated with local associations and governments to carry out coastal cleanup work and engage in other activities including participation in international coastal cleanup campaigns through the collation and submission of data on the rubbish collected. These initiatives have thus been recognized as new examples of corporate CSR activity.
 The club started out with 44 members and only cleaned up the Chidorigahama coastline four times a year together with local associations, but in its second year it expanded its scope of activities to the Komatsu coastal area of Tokushima City and Nagahara coastal area of Matsushige Town by taking part in the Refresh Setouchi events hosted by the Setouchi Inland Sea Network Promotion Council which was established by the municipal governments of Setouchi coastal areas.
In 2017 the club invited other Otsuka group companies to participate—there are now 58 members, including employees from Taiho Pharmaceutical, Otsuka Chemical, Otsuka Foods, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, Otsuka Holdings, and BeanStalk Kids Center.
 In the past few years, community focus has turned to the problem of micro-plastics, or tiny pieces of fragmented plastic rubbish in the sea and its negative impact on ecosystems. The club hopes to continue to make contributions to solving such problems and will continue to carry out and expand its activities with enthusiasm.

*In Tokushima Prefecture, local governments, businesses, and residents have formed an organization tasked with carrying out environmental activities.
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Early-morning Cleanup of Naruto Otsuka Sports Park

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On June 16, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory took part in the cleaning activity on the Vortis Road, approximately 1.5km from JR Naruto Station to Naruto Otsuka Sports Park, as well as in the Park. We have been aiming to contribute to local communities as part of our CSR efforts such as the cleaning activities in the Park taken place in December on an annual basis. This year, we participated in the 17th Zero Waste Campaign―aiming for the Environmental Capital Tokushima, I will not throw away garbage―hosted by Tokushima Environmental Prefectural Assembly and took part in the cleaning on the Vortis Road for our first time. Despite the early start at 7am, 163 employees participated in the activity with a sense of unity wearing the same OS-1 T-shirts, collected 3 plastic bags (90L each) of empty cans, 5 plastic bags of plastic bottles, and 40 plastic bags of other garbage all together within approximately 45 minutes.
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2017 Zero Rubbish Campaign and Major Cleanup

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As part of their social contribution activities, Otsuka Chemical and Otsuka Foods teamed up to take part in the Zero Rubbish Day campaign organized by the Tokushima Environmental Prefectural Assembly. A total of 76 people (60 from Otsuka Chemical and 16 from Otsuka Foods), including children, collected rubbish from around the production plants and on the roadside of National Route 11.
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Participation in Cleanup Campaign

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In June 2017, together with the Otsuka group companies located in Takasaki, JIMRO participated in the cleanup campaign held annually in Takasaki City as part of its Environment Fair. The company continues to clean up the area around Takasaki Station.
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Tokushima Wajiki Factory Receives METI Minister’s Award in Factory Greening Award Program

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The host of the ceremony and the five companies awarded

On November 1, Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Wajiki factory was presented with the METI Minister’s Award in the 2017 Factory Greening Award Program. Based on the intentions of Japan’s Factory Location Act, the award recognizes factories that have made remarkable progress in improving internal and external environments and aims to promote green space of factories and achieve harmony in the community. It was the first time the award went to a factory in Shikoku and came after the Otsuka Group’s Saga and Fukuroi factories previously won it. Around 60% of the factory site is green space, and we minimize our use of herbicides and pesticides and continually think of ways to lessen the impact on animals, plants, and soil. In the factory grounds, we plant saplings grown from the acorns of broad-leaf trees unique to the local area, maintain the areas where they have been planted, and even participate in tree planting for local parks. We also open up the grounds to the public as a factory park and it has thus become a much-loved place among local residents. It is used on a daily basis as a comfortable and safe place to enjoy a walk or jog, for cherry blossom viewing in spring, or as a family picnic spot on holidays. And every year in August during the period of the Awa Odori, a dance festival, we hold our most important event of the year, the Exciting Summer in Wajiki.
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Use of Green Curtains

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Forest Conservation Activities such as Tree Planting and Thinning

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Lighter Containers

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Lighter Product Packaging

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Product Development Targeting Both User Convenience and Waste Reduction

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Sustainable Product Design

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CRYSTAL GEYSER to become first drink to feature COOL CHOICE logo

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Resources Symbiosis Initiatives

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Waste Reduction and 3R Promotion

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Water Resource Initiatives

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Basic Approach and Guidelines

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

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Relationship between Biodiversity and Business Activities

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Creating Biotopes

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Initiatives for Protecting and Breeding Endangered Species

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Otsuka Group Non-Native Fishing Tournament

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Community Activity: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Environmental Club

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RSPO Certification

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Environmental Club Receives Tokushima Environmental Prefectural Assembly Award

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Early-morning Cleanup of Naruto Otsuka Sports Park

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2017 Zero Rubbish Campaign and Major Cleanup

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Participation in Cleanup Campaign

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

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