The Eisai Group established the Company-Wide Environment and Safety Committee as a decision-making body for deliberation of important environmental issues.
The committee is promoting global activities such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and effectively using resources and is also strengthening activities to identify environment-related risks and develop countermeasures.
Moreover, as a consultative body promoting the environmental activities of Group companies in Japan, the Eisai Group also established the Environment and Safety Conference of Group Companies in Japan to share information and discuss relevant activities.
Each operational site of the Eisai Group has established its own unique management system to promote environmental activities. The Eisai Group's main production sites in Japan as well as the Suzhou Plant in China and Vizag Site in India have all acquired ISO 14001 certification and are conducting activities based on the ISO standard while striving to raise awareness through environmental education and environmental risk management training. Besides complying with environmental laws, ordinances and agreements, we periodically conduct internal environmental audits by a department specializing in internal auditing to identify and solve issues.
Operational Sites Certified under ISO 14001
- Kawashima Plant and Kashima Plant, Eisai Co., Ltd.
- Fukushima Plant and Drug Discovery Research Institute, EA Pharma Co., Ltd.
- Suzhou Plant, Eisai China Inc.
- Vizag Site, Eisai Pharmaceuticals India Pvt. Ltd.
In order to promote environmental protection activities in harmony with the global environment, it is important that all employees have a proper understanding of the relationship between their daily work and environmental problems, and that they make efforts to enhance their own individual awareness for problem-solving. In the Eisai Group, operational sites and Group companies voluntarily formulate education programs in accordance with their respective business characteristics and local issues. In addition to education targeted at all workers, education is also provided for various levels of employees, along with further efforts to improve the learning content.
We are also developing web-based educational materials that enable learning even in the recent teleworking environment. Furthermore, we actively promote participation in both internal and external professional training courses, responding flexibly to external situations, with the aim of developing environmental educators and officially qualified employees and raising the environmental awareness of each and every employee.
The Eisai Group has environmental internal audits conducted by a department specializing in internal auditing. This department strives to conduct objective audits from an independent standpoint, and the audits conducted cover all Group companies in and out of Japan. In fiscal 2020, we proceeded with audits mainly using remote verification methods. As a result, there were no urgent or serious issues.
External inspections are also carried out once a year at those operational sites and Group companies that have acquired ISO 14001 certification to confirm the validity of their environmental management systems. Furthermore, these certified operational sites and companies also educate their own internal auditors and seek to raise the level of their audits through training. The results of each annual independent internal audit are reflected in the ongoing improvement of the Group’s environmental management and translate into the enhanced quality of our environmental protection activities. During fiscal 2020, no serious material issues were identified by external auditing organizations.
Compliance with Laws and Regulations
The Eisai Group in Japan is committed to observing environmental laws and regulations, ordinances and agreements with local governments. In particular, at our production plants and research facilities, we regularly measure the environmental impact of substances that cause air and water pollution to confirm that there are no problems. Also, from the perspective of protecting the neighboring environment, we regularly measure noise, vibrations and offensive odors at our production plants and research facilities and confirmed that these were all below the regulatory values.
During fiscal 2020, there were no administrative dispositions, lawsuits related to the environment.
Environmental Risk Management
The Eisai Group in Japan has compiled its procedures for responding to environmental incidents in its Disaster and Accident Response Manual and the Industrial Accident Reporting and Compilation Standards. We aim to minimize damage by collecting accurate information and taking swift and appropriate action and at the same time make every possible effort to prevent
recurrence. At production plants and research facilities, in particular, we have been preparing for an emergency by regularly conducting emergency drills assuming, for instance, the leak of hazardous chemical substances from wastewater, exhaust gas or effluents as situations that significantly affect the environment.
Along with these efforts, we issued our own independent guidelines, working to identify sources of risks, and enhancing our risk management structure with a view to ensuring appropriate
environmental risk management Group-wide, including Group companies outside Japan.
In promoting our business activities, mutual understanding and cooperation with the local community is important. As such, the Kawashima Plant has been holding local community meetings every year as a platform for sharing information and enhancing communication with the local community. At these meetings, we invite neighborhood representatives and government officials to introduce our production activities and environmental protection initiatives, as well as to listen directly to participants’ comments and requests to the plant.
Similar initiatives are also undertaken by the Fukushima Plant of EA Pharma Co., Ltd. to share information on the plant’s environmental and local community contribution activities and cultivate a deeper mutual understanding.
In the COVID-19 pandemic, the local community meeting at the Kawashima Plant in fiscal 2020 was held using paper reports. In contrast, the meeting at the Fukushima Plant of EA Pharma Co., Ltd. was canceled due in part to a request from the local government.