Kyowa Kirin Group's Management Philosophy and CSV Management

In its management philosophy, the Kyowa Kirin Group upholds the principle of striving to create new value by capitalizing on its strengths in life sciences and technologies with the aim of contributing to the health and well-being of people around the world. By "new value," we mean value that can be shared by society at large. In other words, we focus on "Creating Shared Value (CSV)." Our Group practices CSV management aimed at realizing enhanced corporate value through the creation of both social and economic value.


In practicing its CSV management, the Kyowa Kirin Group identifies materiality that we should prioritize in terms of their impact on social sustainability and the Group's business with reference to SASB, Access to Medicine Index, PSCI, etc.
The materiality is incorporated into our FY2021-2025 Mid-term Business Plan. The progress on the plan is being monitored quarterly and reported to the Board of Directors.

Materiality Matrix

Identification/Implementation Process of Materiality

STEP 1 List issues: List issues to be discussed (competitor, sector and expert review, data analysis) / STEP 2 Assess impact on social sustainability and business: Prioritize listed issues from a social perspective (media surveys, trend surveys). Prioritize listed issues from a business perspective (analysis of internal documents, hearings with management, internal workshops). / STEP 3 Identify materiality (material issues): Formulate a materiality matrix / STEP 4 Confirm validity and finalize: Conduct dialogue with stakeholders. Discuss and confirm materiality in internal meetings attended by management. Embed materiality in the Medium Term Business Plan. Finalize at Board of Directors meeting.

Kyowa Kirin Group Materiality

The Kyowa Kirin Group has positioned materiality as a management challenge to realize our vision for 2030. Our materiality identified through the process described above is classified as "Topics for Value Creation" and "Topics for Value Enhancement, which corresponds to the strategic pillars to realize our vision for 2030: “Provide pharmaceutical products for unmet medical needs", "Address patient-centric healthcare needs", "Retain the trust of society", and "Management infrastructure to realize Life-changing value". The materiality of our group is related to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), which have been proposed as an international framework for social issues. We are committed to making a greater contribution to the achievement of the SDGs by accelerating and expanding our business operations.

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Topics for Value Creation
Strategic Pillars Materiality Initiatives Related SDGs
Provide pharmaceutical products for unmet medical needs Creation of innovative drugs
3. SDGs logo, Good Health and Well-Being
5. SDGs logo, Gender Equality
8. SDGs logo, Decent Work and Economic Growth
9. SDGs logo, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
10. SDGs logo, Reduced Inequalities
17. SDGs logo, Partnerships for The Goals
Maximize product value
Pipeline enrichment
Address patient-centric healthcare needs Patient advocacy
Access to medicine
Strengthen human resources and infrastructure to realize Life-changing value DE&I
Talent portfolio
Corporate culture
Digital transformation

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Topics for Value Enhancement
Strategic Pillars Materiality Initiatives Related SDGs
Retain the trust of society Quality assurance and a stable supply of products
  • Supply chain management
  • Anti-counterfeiting
6. SDGs logo, Clean Water and Sanitation
7. SDGs logo, Affordable and Clean Energy
12. SDGs logo, Responsible Consumption and Production
13. SDGs logo, Climate Action
15. SDGs logo, Life on Land
16. SDGs logo, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Reducing environmental impact
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Biodiversity
  • Reducing pollution
  • Waste and resource use
  • Water resources management
Strengthen human resources and infrastructure to realize Life-changing value (Management infrastructure) Corporate governance
Ethics and transparency
  • Ensuring patient safety and appropriate use of medicines
  • Respecting human rights
  • Employee health and safety
  • Responsible marketing and advertising
  • Responsible research and development
  • Tax compliance
  • Anti-bribery and corruption
  • Privacy and information security
Reinforce risk management

Kirin Group's CSV Commitment

The Kirin Group, to which the Kyowa Kirin Group belongs, upholds the goal of becoming a global leader in CSV by creating value across its world of food to pharmaceuticals. To this end, the Kirin Group formulated the Kirin Group CSV Purpose, with reference to the SDGs, as guidelines for creating shared value with society and achieving sustainable growth. The Kirin Group positions the Kirin Group CSV Commitment as an action plan to fulfill these guidelines. The CSV Commitment regarding health and the environment, specifically, “Provide pharmaceuticals for Unmet Medical Needs,” “Sustainable use of biological resources,” “Sustainable use of water resources,” and “Overcoming climate change,”are upheld as the Kyowa Kirin Group’s important CSV management goals.

The United Nations Global Compact and the Kirin Group

The Kirin Group, to which our Group belongs, has announced participation in the United Nations Global Compact since September 2005. As a member of the Kirin Group, we observe the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact, which address human rights, labor, the environment, and anticorruption, and are advancing initiatives targeting the realization of sustainability for society and companies.