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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.

Eco-Friendly Products

The Otsuka group strives for environmental conservation through its products. It is working to develop eco-friendly products that reduce the environmental impact throughout the product life cycle, including measures for environmentally friendly disposal.

Lighter Containers

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory: OS-1, an oral rehydration solution

The Otsuka group has introduced lighter containers that conserve resources and reduce CO2 emissions. When they were launched in 2007, Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s 500 ml plastic bottles of POCARI SWEAT were the lightest in Japan. The weight of the bottles was reduced by introducing a method called “positive pressure aseptic filling” to the bottling lines, a first for Japan. Now the bottle washing and sterilizing processes have been eliminated, as the company produces preforms in-house from raw PET plastic material. Furthermore, the Otsuka group has expanded its initiatives, including redesigning the PET bottles for the oral rehydration solution OS-1 to make them lighter, and reducing the weight of the microwave pouches for Bon Curry Gold by making them thinner.
In addition, regarding bottle containers, the group has reduced the weight of Tiovita Drink glass bottles in stages while still maintaining their break resistance. It is working on reducing the weight of SOYJOY by making the plastic packaging (pillow packaging film) resin thinner than in conventional products. Furthermore, for jelly products of the Calorie Mate, Fibe Mini, Jog Mate, and Energen brands the group has reduced resin usage by 13% by redesigning their containers.
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Lighter Product Packaging

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Otsuka Foods: Short flap box for 500-ml Match bottles

The Otsuka Group is taking measures to reduce the weight of cardboard and other product packaging materials to reduce their environmental load. Otsuka Foods is reducing the weight of outer cardboard boxes used for its carbonated beverage, Match 500-ml. A shorter box flap design (making the lids shorter) reduced base paper use by approximately 16%. Taiho Pharmaceutical is reducing the filling plates (the members used to fill in uneven places inside the boxes) for the outer cardboard boxes for medical and pharmaceutical uses, and beginning with the BUP-4 tablets has abolished the filling plates for 17 items since May 2017, reducing cardboard by 830m 2 (CO2 equivalent to 240kg) in half a year. It is also progressively implementing this approach for other items, in particular solid formulations taken orally. EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical was using shock-absorbing materials/partition materials in the outer box cardboard of RACOL-NF Liquid for Enteral Use 400-mL and RACOL-NF Semi Solid for Enteral Use, but the company completely changed the packing specifications to abolish all shock-absorbing materials/partition materials, reducing cardboard usage by 50%.
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Product Development Targeting Both User Convenience and Waste Reduction

Otsuka Pharmaceutical is responding to the comments of its customers that “SP packaging* is difficult to open” by changing to PTP packaging which makes it easier to push the tablets out. Furthermore, upgrading the mouths of the pockets that contain the tablets to make them narrower and on an acute angle has made the bundling of the sheets easier, and made the size and height of the individual compartments smaller. As a result, we have made it easier to take out the tablets and have been able to greatly reduce use of aluminum packaging materials and individual compartments.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory has upgraded its injection kit preparation to add perforations to the port part, making it easy to separate the main container and the injection needle after use.

*A heat-sealing packaging format made with laminated film that layers thermoplastic polymer film such as low-density polyethylene, etc. on aluminum foil or cellophane
 
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Sustainable Product Design

Otsuka Pharmaceutical has established the Product Environmental Assessment Implementation Procedures, and operates a Product Environmental Assessment Check Sheet in the product development and design stages that covers approximately 20 items including resources-saving and reduction and environmental conservation, from the procurement of raw materials for products to production, distribution, use, and disposal. Moreover, the company has introduced Life Cycle Assessment (LCA*) to quantitatively ascertain and assess the environmental load in the full life cycle, in order to assess the extent to which it has been able to adopt environmentally-friendly methods. Currently, it is working on the establishment of new guidelines in order to develop these kinds of mechanisms in the entire Otsuka group of companies.
On August 2015 Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory launched Oronine H Ointment 11g tubes, for which it changed the container from aluminum tubes to laminated tubes, and it is also using LCA to assess the environmental impact (CO2 emissions reduction) due to the difference in containers.

* LCA: This is a tool for environmental impact assessment of products and services, which quantitatively and objectively assesses the environmental impact through all stages related to the products, from the extraction of resources to manufacturing, use, disposal, transportation, etc.

 
Group companies outside Japan

CRYSTAL GEYSER to become first drink to feature COOL CHOICE logo

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In the interest of achieving the goal of a 26% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by fiscal year 2030 (compared to FY2013), “COOL CHOICE” is a Japan’s national movement to encourage wise decisions regarding energy-saving and low-carbon products, services, and actions that help counteract global warming.
CRYSTAL GEYSER was first imported to Japan 23 years ago in 1994. Featuring Japan’s lightest bottle cap and an extremely lightweight bottle, CRYSTAL GEYSER seeks to make products more environmentally friendly in the Japanese beverage market and fully supports the COOL CHOICE movement.
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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

The Otsuka group of companies receives a third-party assurance for the purp...

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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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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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Protecting Biodiversity
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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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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...