The Chugai Group has established an integrated management system for environmental protection, health and safety, and has promoted EHS activities effectively. Effectiveness is enhanced through the PDCA cycle of identifying risks, prioritizing, and formulating, implementing and evaluating action plans.
Framework for Promoting Environmental Protection, Health and Safety Activities
Under the above EHS management system, the Health, Safety and Environment Committee promotes EHS activities through cooperation between labor and management, conducts education and training for employees and, in the event of an occupational accident, examines the circumstances and implements improvement measures.
Environmental Management System (ISO 14001)
Production functions of the Chugai Group are handled by Chugai Pharma Manufacturing Co., Ltd., which has three unique plants. The three plants are: the Ukima Plant, which is a development-oriented plant in charge of manufacturing investigational drugs; the Utsunomiya Plant, which handles many functions from drug substances for biopharmaceuticals (antibody drugs) to formulation and packaging; and the Fujieda Plant, which aims to develop middle molecule drugs in addition to synthetic active pharmaceutical ingredients and solid oral formulations. All three of these plants have obtained ISO 14001 certification, which is the international standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and they maintain and renew certification by undergoing external audits every year. For production sites that have a large impact on the environment due to their energy and resource consumption, we recognize that minimizing environmental risk by reducing their environmental impact, such as through an appropriate use of resources, will at the same time help reduce management risk, and in such ways we are working to continuously improve our EMS.
<Environmental Management System (ISO 14001:2015) Registration information>
|Organization name||Registration number||First registration date||Recertification date||Expiration date|
|Ukima Plant||JSAE 1626||February 21, 2000||October 24, 2023||October 23, 2026|
|Utsunomiya Plant||JSAE 1621||July 26, 1999||July 26, 2023||July 25, 2026|
|Fujieda Plant||JSAE 1619||June 8, 1998||June 8, 2022||June 7, 2025|
Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Audits
Since 2017, we have shifted to an integrated environment, safety and health (EHS) management structure in promoting our EHS activities. We conduct periodic internal EHS audits to verify that this EHS management system is functioning. These audits check EHS promotion systems and the status of their activities at business sites, the status of risk reduction in the event of environmental pollution or an occupational accident, and residual risk.
At the same time, companies are expected to work not only through their own activities but in cooperation with suppliers to help solve social issues such as growing poverty and inequality, environmental problems and worsening working environments. In response to these expectations, in November 2018, Chugai became a member of PSCI*1, part of our efforts to build a comprehensive system for assessing suppliers. Based on the PSCI Principles*2, in 2019 we established the Chugai Group Supplier Code of Conduct (SCC) setting forth standards of behavior expected of our suppliers. By conducting comprehensive assessments of suppliers and contractors based on the SCC – including their concern for the environment and human rights, ethics, labor, health, safety and compliance with related management systems – and working with them to practice continuous improvement, the Chugai Group aims to solve social issues throughout its entire supply chain.
- *1 The goal of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI) is to achieve and enhance a sustainable society. PSCI is a US-based non-profit organization with a membership of about 30 global pharmaceutical companies. It promotes uniform standards for supplier assessments and a platform for sharing information among procurement sources.
- *2 The PSCI Principles are codes of conduct for responsible supply chain management that set the standard for ethics, labor, health and safety, environment and related management systems. Supplier assessment standards incorporate, in addition to the PSCI Principles, international standards such as the UN Global Compact, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the International Labor Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems.