Effective Use of Water Resources
As the sufficient acquisition of water resources is absolutely essential for the production of high-quality pharmaceuticals, the Eisai Group is working to ensure the quality of water discharged from its production plants and research facilities and is also implementing initiatives to reduce water consumption. We have an acute awareness of the need to conserve water and are taking such steps as minimizing consumption of water for production, reusing wastewater and working to use water resources effectively. In addition, we have established a framework for preventing the contamination of groundwater at Eisai production plants and research facilities in Japan in response to the Water Pollution Control Law.
We implemented an in-house questionnaire at overseas plants and research laboratories based on a medium-term outlook. The results of the questionnaire showed that no plants or research laboratories are located in regions where there is a high risk of operations being suspended due to a water shortage. However, based on analysis results of the database Think Hazard, there is expected to be medium-level risk of water shortages in China, India and Indonesia. While always considering the risk of facing water shortages due to changes in the environment accompanying the advance of climate change, we will work to ensure stable supplies of high-quality products.
As one environmental effort undertaken by employees on a daily basis, the Eisai Group in Japan is promoting green purchasing, an initiative to purchase what is needed in the quantity needed, and if there are two products equivalent in both quality and price, to give preference to the one that is more environment-friendly. By this initiative, we are gearing our efforts toward shifting away from a society of mass-production, mass-consumption and mass-waste. Eisai Co., Ltd., in particular, has been actively committed to this initiative through participation in the Green Purchasing Network* and in accordance with its own Green Purchasing Guidelines.
*A network of companies, local governments and consumer groups (private organizations) supporting the concept of green purchasing