The Chugai Group considers environmental protection and occupational health and safety to be important platform that underpin the realization of its mission to benefit the medical community and human health around the world.
Because environmental protection is closely linked with health and safety, the Chugai Group has built a unified management system to advance these efforts more efficiently, in response to global demand for an integrated approach to managing the environment, health and safety (EHS). In addition to introducing this system, we have established basic regulations and use a PDCA cycle at each facility to manage these activities, with the goal of achieving long-term sustainable growth for the Chugai Group and for society as a whole.
Environment, Health and Safety Policy
The Environment, Health, and Safety Policy (“Policy”) intends to establish basic principles concerning Environment, Health, and Safety (“EHS”) of Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and its domestic and overseas subsidiaries (“Chugai Group”). The Policy also ensures that Chugai Group will conduct corporate activities that conserve the environment, and protects the health and safety of employees.
Compliance with applicable laws and regulations
The directors, officers and employees of any company in the Chugai Group (“We”) shall comply with applicable national and foreign laws and regulations, international arrangements, and voluntary standards pertaining to EHS activities*1.
Promotion of EHS activities
Under the EHS management system, we shall take initiative in promoting EHS activities on an ongoing basis.
Provision of education and training
Each company of the Chugai Group will provide education and training on an ongoing basis to enhance the employees’ knowledge and deepen their understanding of environmental conservation and health and safety.
Disclosure of information
Each company of the Chugai Group shall disclose information relating to EHS activities proactively, and make efforts to communicate with local communities.
- *1 The term “EHS activities” means: (a) initiatives to, for example, protect climate change, reduce resources and waste, prevent pollution, and maintain biodiversity throughout the entire process of medicinal products (i.e. from R&D to manufacturing, transportation, marketing and sales, and disposal); and (b) initiatives to, among other things, secure occupational safety which takes precedence over any other activities, maintain and improve the health of employees, and establish a comfortable working environment.
(Effective January 1, 2017)
Basic Approach to Environmental Protection Activities
The Chugai Group is proactive in its efforts to minimize our impact on the environment, based on our Environment, Health and Safety Policy, with the aim of contributing to the protection of the global environment as set forth in the Chugai Group Code of Conduct. We consider it important not only to comply with environmental regulations but to contribute to resolving social issues by fulfilling our responsibilities based on issues unique to the Chugai Group, including our handling of antibodies and highly pharmacologically active substances.
Basic approach to health and safety activities
Recognizing that the health of our employees is a valuable asset, the Chugai Group has engaged in activities to promote health and productivity management, including maintaining and promoting employee health and creating safe working environments. In December 2017, we issued the Chugai Group Declaration on Health which outlines our commitment to implementing those efforts, and will work to realize health and productivity management through a proactive approach to contributing to the well-being of our employees.