Assessments by third parties
In recognition of its strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, Kyowa Kirin is included in some of the major socially responsible investment (SRI) indexes in Japan and overseas.
Status of Kyowa Kirin's SRI index inclusion
Kyowa Kirin is a constituent of the following SRI indexes. (As of June 2022)
A world-renowned ESG investment index announced since 2001 by the former FTSE International Limited (currently FTSE Russell), a wholly owned subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange Group plc in the UK.
FTSE Blossom Japan Index*1
An index announced in 2017 by FTSE Russell. It includes Japanese corporations demonstrating excellent ESG practices.
FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index*2
An index focused on Japan-based companies selected by FTSE Russell. The index is comprised of companies with outstanding ESG initiatives which also have excellent management attitudes towards corporate climate change risks and opportunities.
MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index*3
An ESG investment index announced in 2017 by MSCI Inc. in the US. Japanese corporations with relatively high ESG ratings in their respective industries are selected from among the top 500 Japanese securities ranked by market capitalization.
MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN) *3
An ESG investment index announced in 2017 by MSCI Inc. in the US. Japanese corporations exhibiting a higher level of gender diversity in their respective industries are selected from among the top 500 Japanese securities ranked by market capitalization.
SOMPO Sustainability Index
An index composed of corporations that achieved above-standard ESG scores in corporate surveys conducted by Sompo Risk Management & Health Care Inc. (in terms of E: environmental assessments) and by Integrex Inc. (in terms of S and G: social and corporate governance assessments). Launched in August 2012.
- *1FTSE Russell (the trading name of FTSE International Limited and Frank Russell Company) confirms that Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd. has been independently assessed according to the index criteria, and has satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the FTSE Blossom Japan Index. Created by the global index provider FTSE Russell, the FTSE Blossom Japan Index is designed to measure the performance of Japanese companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. The FTSE Blossom Japan Index is used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products.
- *2FTSE Russell (the trading name of FTSE International Limited and Frank Russell Company) confirms that Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd. has been independently assessed according to the FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index criteria, and has satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index Series. The FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index is used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products.
- *3The inclusion of Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd. in any MSCI index, and the use of MSCI logos, trademarks, service marks or index names herein, do not constitute a sponsorship, endorsement or promotion of Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd. by MSCI or any of its affiliates. The MSCI indexes are the exclusive property of MSCI. MSCI and the MSCI index names and logos are trademarks or service marks of MSCI or its affiliates.
We have received the following awards since 2015.
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|Time||Name of award||Details||Recipient company/site|
|November 2018||the Gunma Prefecture Environmental Prize (Environmental Achievement Award)||This award is a measure of the Company’s efforts to preserve and nurture green forests in Gunma Prefecture through ongoing forest maintenance, tree thinning and weeding activities in the forest reserve of Kurabuchi-machi, Takasaki-shi for over 10 years||Takasaki Plant|
|September 2017||Class 5 zero accident rate certification||Presented to the plant for having achieved a Class 5 zero accident rate (31.4 million hours) as of the end of April 2017, thereby sustaining a zero accident record ever since April 1995.||Fuji Research Park
CMC R&D Center
|April 2016||Commendation by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Prize for Science and Technology in the Public Understanding Promotion Category||The Company's science education initiative implemented primarily at the Tokyo Research Park since 2000 was commended in recognition of having been solidly integrated into the local science education program and featuring an extensive program composition applicable to all ages from infants to high school students.||Kyowa Kirin|
|November 2015||Tokyo Labor Bureau Director's Excellence Award, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare at the 2015 Award for Equal Employment/Work and Family Harmonization||Awarded in recognition of the Company's efforts to enable women to fully demonstrate their potential at their workplace.||Kyowa Kirin|
|October 2015||6th Encouragement Award for Laboratory Animal Welfare||The Company's training programs offered at the Tokyo Research Park and Fuji Research Park for new employees on the use of laboratory animals were highly appraised from the viewpoint of animal welfare, leading to the award.||Tokyo Research Park
Fuji Research Park
|July 2015||FY 2015 Encouragement Award presented by the Gunma Labor Bureau Director for Health and Safety Activities||Commended in recognition of the plant's excellent standard of health and safety activity management, as testified by the achievement of a Class 2 zero accident rate.||Takasaki Plant
Bio Process Research and Development Laboratories
|June 2015||FY 2015 Encouragement Award presented by the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare for Excellent Plants, Organizations and Workers in Promotion of Health and Safety||Commended in recognition of being an excellent plant that serves as a role model, with particularly distinguished health and safety standards.||Tokyo Research Park
|January 2015||Class 2 zero accident rate certification||Presented to the plant for having achieved a Class 2 zero accident rate (9.3 million hours) as of the end of October 2014, thereby sustaining a zero accident record ever since the plant was established in 1989.||Takasaki Plant
The following are major certifications acquired by Kyowa Kirin.
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|Time of acquisition||Name of certification||Details|
Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization (White 500)
||Human Resource Development and Corporate Culture|
|2019||Acquired the Platina Kurumin symbol logo certified under the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children||Promotion of Diversity & Inclusion|
|March 2017||Selected as a FY 2016 Semi-Nadeshiko Brand||Empowering Women|
|August 2016||Highest-level "Class 3 Eruboshi" accreditation (received from Japan's Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare based on the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace)||Empowering Women|