Action Plan and Results

The Kyowa Kirin Group sets its targets for each fiscal year under its Mid-term Business Plan, implements various measures to achieve the targets, and conducts a management review at year-end in order to make ongoing improvements.

Action Plan and FY 2019 Results

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Action Guideline Action Item FY 2019 Target FY 2019 Results and Progress Updates Self-assessment on FY 2019 Results
(〇: Target achieved;
△: Improvement made but target not achieved;
×: Failed to achieve target)
Mid-term target
(FY 2016–2020)
Action Guideline 1:
Expand environmental and safety functions and secure environmental safety
Strengthen environmental management system Switch to self-declaration of conformity to ISO 14001
and retain certification

Completed the switch from third-party certification to self-declaration effective January 1, 2019 at all sites that had obtained the ISO 14001 certification (Shift to 2015 version completed)

Conformity to ISO 14001 confirmed

Retain ISO 14001 certification
(Transition to 2015 version)
Disasters / accidents No work-related accidents / illnesses or environmental or safety-related accidents 1 accident requiring time off from work*1
0 environmental accidents
0 safety-related accidents
× No work-related accidents / illnesses or environmental or safety-related accidents
Environmental and safety audit Request that leads to improvement of the management system Performed audits that help prevent accidents, disasters, and legal violations by improving the management system*2 Enhance viability of environmental and safety audit
Environmental and safety risk assessments Improve environmental and safety risk assessments and enhance comprehensive machinery safety standards

Conducted SBA (Safety Basic Assessor) training and established equipment safety standards

Started considering measures to take in response to results of water risk assessment at domestic and overseas plants

Expand environmental and safety risk assessments
Action Guideline 2:
Minimize environmental and safety risks
Compliance Appropriately respond to revised laws
Enhancement of legal compliance system

Responded appropriately to revised laws; no significant legal deviation

Created and distributed the legal report list and update

Respond appropriately to revised laws related to the environment and occupational safety
Establish system for appropriate substance management Performed audit of the Group’s substance management system (Audit performance rate: 100%*3) Improve substance management system
Reinforcement of waste governance Audit performance rate: More than 90% of applicable interim waste disposal service providers Audit performed by respective sites; audit performance rate: 100%*4 Perform audit on interim industrial waste disposal service providers
(Targeted audit performance rate: At least 90%)
Action Guideline 3:
Promote resource recycling
[Initiatives at production and research divisions]
Prevention of global warming (CO2 emissions reduction) 【2020 Target】
Reduce CO2 emissions in 2020 to 85% or less of 1990 level (global target)
Reduce CO2 emissions in 2020 to 85% or less of 2005 level (domestic target)

【2030 Target】
Reduce CO2 emissions in 2030 by 20% from 2015 level (global target)
Reduce CO2 emissions in 2030 by 30% from 2015 level (domestic target)

【2020 Target】
74% of 1990 level (global result) *5
71% of 2005 level (domestic result)*3

【2030 Target】
Reduced by 9% from 2015 level (global result)*5
Reduced by 24% from 2015 level (domestic result)*3


(reduction progressing as planned toward target)

【2020 Target】
Reduce CO2 emissions in 2020 to 85% or less of 1990 level (global target)
Reduce CO2 emissions in 2020 to 85% or less of 2005 level (domestic target)

【2030 Target】
Reduce CO2 emissions in 2030 by 20% from 2015 level (global target)
Reduce CO2 emissions in 2030 by 30% from 2015 level (domestic target)

Reduction of unit energy consumption Reduce unit energy consumption by at least 1% from previous year Reduced by 5.1% from previous year*6 Reduce unit energy consumption by at least 1% per year at major plants and research laboratories
Water use reduction 【2030 Target】
Reduce water use in 2030 by 30% from 2015 level (global target)
Reduced by 23% from 2015 level*5
(reduction progressing as planned toward target)
【2030 Target】
Reduce water use in 2030 by 30% from 2015 level (global target)
Per-unit water use reduction Reduce per-unit water use by at least 1% from previous year Reduced by 3.9% from previous year*6 Reduce per-unit water use by at least 1% per year at major plants and research laboratories
Final landfill disposal Continue to achieve zero emission*7 Final landfill disposal rate: 0.100%; final landfill disposal volume: 1.1 tons*8 Continue to achieve zero emission
Reduction of chemical substance emissions Reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in FY 2020 by at least 50% from FY 2003 level VOC emissions: 314 tons; reduced by 66% from 2003 level*3
(reduction progressing as planned toward target)
Reduce VOC emissions in 2020 by at least 50% from 2003 level
[Initiatives at administrative divisions]
Green Office Plan (GOP) Reduce per-unit electricity consumption by at least 1% a year Reduced per-unit electricity consumption by 7.6% from previous year*9 Reduce per-unit electricity consumption by at least 1% a year
Reduce per-unit copier paper consumption by at least 1% a year
(vis-à-vis average consumption in past 3 years)
Reduced per-unit copier paper consumption by 6.0% vis-à-vis average consumption in past 3 years*4 Reduce per-unit copier paper consumption by at least 1% a year
(vis-à-vis average consumption in past 3 years)
Secure green purchasing rate of at least 90% (value basis) Achieved green purchasing rate of 89% for office supplies*4 × Secure green purchasing rate of at least 90%
Environmentally friendly and safe distribution activities Streamline distribution; ensure environmentally friendly and safe distribution activities Achieved 100% replacement of company sales vehicles with hybrid cars
(Increase of 8.0% YoY)*10
Streamline distribution activities; ensure environmentally friendly and safe distribution activities
Further promote hybrid vehicles
Action Guideline 4:
Ensure environmental protection across entire life cycle of products
Life cycle assessment (LCA) and material balance Cooperate with Kirin’s LCA survey; clarify and analyze material balance Clarified material balance and environmental impacts; continued business-by-business assessment based on resource efficiency and emission intensity Continue business assessments based on LCA and material balance
Green procurement Promote green procurement
  • Visited plants of suppliers to inspect their green procurement and environmental measures and performed a questionnaire regarding CSR issues
  • Revised CSR Procurement Guidebook
  • Held the CSR Purchasing Briefing Session with Suppliers
Promote procurement of raw materials, office supplies, equipment, etc. with low environmental impact (promote CSR procurement)
Action Guideline 5:
Ensure product safety and usefulness
Secure consumer safety and product usefulness Disclose extensive product information Continued to issue GHS-compliant Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for chemical substances Disclose extensive product information
  • *1:
    In Japan, the plants / research laboratories and head office of Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd., and Kyowa Iryo Kaihatsu Co., Ltd. and Kyowa Kirin Plus Co., Ltd. are covered. Overseas, the plant of Kyowa Kirin China Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. is covered.
  • *2:
    In Japan, the plants / research laboratories and head office / sales offices of Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd., the head offices of Kyowa Iryo Kaihatsu Co., Ltd. and Kyowa Kirin Plus Co., Ltd. are covered. Overseas, the plant of Kyowa Kirin China Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. is covered.
  • *3:
    The plants and research laboratories of Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd., Kyowa Iryo Kaihatsu Co., Ltd., Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., Ltd. and Kyowa Pharma Chemical Co., Ltd. are covered.
  • *4:
    All sites of Kyowa Kirin Group in Japan are covered.
  • *5:
    In Japan, the production and research laboratories of Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd., Kyowa Iryo Kaihatsu Co., Ltd., Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., Ltd. and Kyowa Pharma Chemical Co., Ltd. are covered. Overseas, the plants and research laboratories of Kyowa Kirin China Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Kyowa Kirin, Inc., BIOKYOWA INC. (USA), SHANGHAI KYOWA AMINO ACID CO., LTD. and THAI KYOWA BIOTECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD. are covered.
  • *6:
    In Japan, the production and research laboratories of Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd. and Kyowa Iryo Kaihatsu Co., Ltd. are covered. Overseas, the plants of Kyowa Kirin China Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. is covered.
  • *7:
    “Zero emission” : The Kyowa Kirin Group uses the term to mean a reduction in the amount of waste disposed in landfills to no more than 0.1% of generated waste.
  • *8:
    The plants and research laboratories of Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd. and Kyowa Iryo Kaihatsu Co., Ltd. are covered.
  • *9:
    The head office and sales offices of Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd., Kyowa Medical Promotion Co., Ltd., Kyowa Media Service Co., Ltd., Kyowa Kirin Frontier Co., Ltd., Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., Ltd. and Kyowa Pharma Chemical Co., Ltd. are covered.
  • *10:
    The head office and sales offices of Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd. and Kyowa Medical Promotion Co., Ltd. are covered.