Chugai’s Contribution to the SDGs

Creating Shared Value and Promoting Sustainability

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the United Nations Summit in September 2015 are 17 global goals set for achievement by 2030. The SDGs are aimed at realizing a diverse and inclusive, economically, socially and environmentally sustainable society by addressing a wide range of issues from poverty and hunger to health, education, climate change, sustainability of energy, job satisfaction and economic growth.

It is important that all governments and organizations address social issues to ensure the preservation of the global environment and sustainability of the international community. Therefore, the Chugai Group believes it must consider how it can contribute to resolving social issues through all aspects of its business activities while sharing value with stakeholders.

Accordingly, in defining its material issues, Chugai verified each issue against the development goals of the SDGs and also examined such matters as what role the company should play and which goals should be given higher priority considering the scope of its business. As a result, we have set development goals that we are primarily addressing. However, we have many opportunities to address social issues in the various aspects of our business activities. There are also a number of other goals toward which we can make a substantial contribution by working in partnership with stakeholders.

Chugai will continue to concentrate on focused, proactive initiatives that take the SDGs into consideration.

Main SDGs That Chugai Will Address

Among the 17 SDGs, the Chugai Group prioritizes Goal 3, which directly links to its Mission. The next four SDGs shown (8, 9, 12 and 17) help to achieve Goal 3, and the final six SDGs (5, 6, 10, 13, 15 and 16) undergird its business activities.

Chugai’s SDG Focus

Specific Examples


We take a patient-centric approach to creating innovative drugs and providing solutions to cure and manage diseases. Through joint research and other initiatives, we are also working on treatments for neglected tropical diseases, including development of a new therapeutic antibody targeting the dengue virus. In addition, we contribute to the creation of sustainable healthcare systems and improved access to pharmaceuticals.

Specific initiatives:
Provision of innovative drugs and services/Provision of solutions for patients/Contribution to global health

In addition to recruiting talented and diverse people to support innovation, we provide rewarding environments where employees are able to develop their skills. We strive to optimize work environments and provide systems and conditions that promote job satisfaction and a sense of security among employees. We also expect our suppliers to consider EHS* issues in their business activities.

Specific initiatives:
Improvement of occupational health and safety/Talent management/Promotion of work-life synergy (including use of childcare leave system by male employees and telecommuting system)/Supply chain management

*Environment, health and safety


We support and promote innovation in the field of healthcare by investing aggressively in research and development and by building open innovation networks through collaborative research with academia.

Specific initiatives:
Provision of innovative drugs and services/Initiatives for personalized healthcare/Establishment of open innovation networks with academia and other parties

In the healthcare industry, we are working to ensure a stable supply and quality at a high level, including the accuracy of product quality and information. We are also promoting the reuse and sustainability of natural resources through efforts including environmental management and targeting water use throughout the value chain.

Specific initiatives:
Ensuring stable supply and stable inventories/Strengthening of quality assurance/Use of renewable and recyclable resources/Environmental management/Risk assessments to prevent exposure to the chemical substances we handle

To help solve social issues, we are working in collaboration with research organizations, governments, non-governmental organizations and other specialized bodies. We also disclose information to our stakeholders and promote appropriate understanding of our corporate activities through dialogue.

Specific initiatives:
Establishment of open innovation networks/Stakeholder engagement strategy/Participation in GHIT Fund and Access Accelerated

To foster a workplace culture that enables employees to fulfill their potential, regardless of gender, we are working to promote the success of women, develop female management candidates and expand the pool of future female leaders. We are also improving the work environment to achieve better work-life balance so that women can continuously develop their careers.

Specific initiatives:
Promotion of diversity and inclusion/Promotion of work-life synergy/Increasing the ratio of female managers

We promote awareness of effective use of water resources by monitoring water consumption and wastewater discharge. To protect the water environment, we conduct whole effluent toxicity (WET) tests at all our plants and research laboratories to ascertain ecological impact, and practice multifaceted wastewater management that goes beyond compliance with wastewater regulations.

Specific initiatives:
Monitoring of water consumption and wastewater discharge/Wastewater management/Adoption of advanced wastewater treatment technologies

We aim to create workplaces that prize diversity, where people accept each other’s values and can demonstrate their individual abilities to the fullest. In addition, we conduct human rights due diligence throughout the supply chain, and also call on our business partners to comply with laws and regulations and respect human rights.

Specific initiatives:
Compliance with the Chugai Group Code of Conduct/Formulation of a human rights policy/Supply chain management

We are taking measures in all of our business activities to reduce energy consumption and to curb greenhouse gas emissions, which is the key to combating climate change. To prevent environmental pollution, we are also working to reduce our use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in order to halt the destruction of the ozone layer, and to curb our emissions of other environmental pollutants and prevent leakage.

Specific initiatives:
Promotion of energy conservation measures/Promotion of use of renewable energy/Reduction of greenhouse gases/Reduction of use of CFCs and HCFCs/Continuous improvement of environmental management system

From the standpoint of preserving biodiversity, we conduct WET tests at all our plants and research laboratories to ensure that the wastewater they discharge has no impact on local ecosystems. We are also working to reduce landfill waste by promoting recycling of industrial waste, and prevent land degradation by detoxifying waste.

Specific initiatives:
Wastewater management/Recycling of industrial waste/Reduction of landfill waste/Thorough detoxification of waste

In addition to promoting risk management and compliance, we call on our business partners to comply with laws and regulations and respect human rights, and are building a responsible supply chain that includes anti-bribery measures.

Specific initiatives:
Establishment of the Chugai Group Code of Conduct/Anti-bribery measures/Risk management/Supply chain management
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