Environmental Management

Policy and Strategy

Kyowa Kirin Group is engaged in business activities pursuant to its clear-cut commitment to the environment, aiming to achieve its targets in accordance with the Kyowa Kirin Group Environmental Policy. We are also seeking to decarbonize our company and its value chain so that we can actively protect the global environment for the sake of the next generation.

Kyowa Kirin Group's various environmental policies are consistent with Kirin Holdings' policies. The "Kirin Group Environmental Vision 2050" presents a vision of the ideal society that is our Group’s aim, and we will be working with Kirin Holdings to realize this vision.

Kirin Group Environmental Vision 2050

In 2020, the Kirin Group to which our Group belongs revamped its existing long-term environmental vision and formulated the Kirin Group Environmental Vision 2050 as a new long-term strategy for strengthening social and corporate resilience.
The Kirin Group's aim goes beyond minimizing and neutralizing negative impacts, and entails having a positive impact on society that transcends the bounds of our own company. Under this new vision, we will work together with a broad array of stakeholders, beginning with our customers, to enrich society and the Earth for future generations by generating positive impacts on nature and people.

Environmental Policy

Our Group's environmental management activities are based on the Kyowa Kirin Group Environmental Policy. We have also established internal rules and standards that stipulate specific procedures for environmental management, and these complement the policy.

Kyowa Kirin Group Environmental Policy

Established on January 30, 2017
Revised on February 1, 2022

The Kyowa Kirin Group pursues advancements in life sciences and technologies, gives consideration to the environmental impacts of its products throughout their entire life cycle extending from research and development through production, marketing, use and disposal, as well as across the supply chain, and makes dedicated efforts to protect the global environment for the next generation, with the aim of contributing to the health of people around the world and the achievement of a flourishing society.

  1. 1.
    We recognize the impact of our business activities on the environment, and promote environmental activities by setting targets for issues of materiality.
  2. 2.
    To enhance environmental performance, we have established an environmental management system and are continuing to make improvements.
  3. 3.
    Not only do we comply with environmental laws, regulations, agreements, etc., but we also set additionally stringent voluntary management standards to promote prevention of environmental contamination.
  4. 4.
    We strive to save resources and energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent global warming.
  5. 5.
    We strive to reduce water consumption and waste disposal and promote recycling to contribute to achieving a recyclable society.
  6. 6.
    We implement ongoing activities to protect the local environment and ecosystems to preserve biodiversity.
  7. 7.
    We conduct environmental education and awareness activities to enhance environmental awareness.

In addition, Kyowa Kirin Group identifies issues (materialities) that our Group should prioritize due to their impacts on social sustainability and our Group's business. One of these environmental materialities is reducing our impact on the global environment, which has been incorporated into our Medium-term Management Plan 2021-2025. Kyowa Kirin is setting targets for each fiscal year and implementing measures accordingly. Climate change mitigation/adaptation and water resource management, which fall under the rubric of reducing environmental impact, have been positioned as core environmental issues, medium- to long-term targets as well as single-year targets set, and various measures implemented. For more information, please see the "Materiality and SDGs," "Climate change" and "Water resources management" pages.


Our Representative Director and Executive Vice President serves as the chief executive in overall charge of the Group’s environmental management inclusive of climate change issues, while the CSR Management Department is in charge of administering environmental measures for the entire Group.
The CSR Committee, chaired by the Representative Director and Executive Vice President, reports, deliberates, and makes decisions on important issues related to the Group's environmental management, including the status of global and regional activities and issues related to climate change risks and opportunities, at the quarterly Group CSR Committee meetings or Regional CSR Committee meetings held four times a year. The CSR Committee’s reports, deliberations and decisions are reported to the Board of Directors.

Governance structure for environmental management: Board of Directors, Group CSR Committee, Regional CSR Committee Japan*, Regional CSR Committee North America, Regional CSR Committee EMEA, Regional CSR Committee Asia/Oceania, CSR Committee Secretariat, Business execution lines, *Other regions’ reports collated and presented in Japan.

Environmental Monitoring

Our Group complies with environment-related laws and regulations and carries out environmental activities by setting stricter in-house control values. In addition, our plants and research laboratories operate ISO14001-compliant environmental management systems.
In May 2018, we have completed the update to the new standard ISO14001:2015 on all ISO14001 certified sites. As of January 1, 2019, we have from third-party certification to self-declaration of conformity.

Sites making ISO14001 self-declarations of conformity:

Takasaki Plant, Ube Plant, Tokyo Research Park, Fuji Site

Environmental Management System ISO14001 Self-Declaration

Risk Management

Responses to Environmental Accidents

Potential environmental risks are incorporated into our Group's risk management system in accordance with our Group Rule for Risk Management, and are periodically determined, classified, and reviewed as well as continually managed using risk ledgers, etc., based on indicators such as the frequency of occurrence and the degree of impact. In the unlikely event of a serious incident, reports are submitted promptly to the Representative Director and Executive Vice President and the Board of Directors through the relevant organization responsible for crisis management and responses are quickly determined in accordance with the Group Crisis Management Regulations.

There were no legal violations or environmental accidents resulting in environmentally-related penalties anywhere in Kyowa Kirin Group in fiscal 2022.

Environmental and Safety Audits

Kyowa Kirin Group conducts yearly environmental and safety audits to confirm that its environmental and safety management system is functioning and operating properly. We conducted the environmental and safety audits on 3 companies encompassing 14 locations in fiscal 2022. The audits of our plants and research laboratories are conducted at a higher level by having not only the auditors from the head office but also the environmental and safety officers from other plants and research laboratories in the same company participate as auditors.
By investigating the root causes of the issues identified in audits and making systemic improvements, we are helping to prevent accidents, disasters and compliance violations.

Environmental Training

Employees engaged in environmental management are obliged to take regular specialized training on the environment. We offer environmental training for general employees when they are employed by or transferred to our company, and we regularly use e-learning to provide environmental training for general employees that betters their understanding of environmental activities.

Dealings with Suppliers

Kyowa Kirin Group has set forth the Kyowa Kirin Group Procurement Policy, prepared the Kyowa Kirin CSR Procurement Guidebook and established a Supplier Code of Conduct for suppliers to follow. In June 2021, we revised the Kyowa Kirin CSR Procurement Guidebook to promote "sustainable procurement" together with our suppliers. We conduct an annual questionnaire survey for sustainable procurement of our suppliers to analyze their activities for sustainable procurement in the supply chain and identify issues. We also began conducting questionnaire surveys for sustainable procurement of overseas suppliers from 2019.
In addition, we provide opportunities for suppliers to deepen their understanding of sustainable procurement activities, including supplier briefings and supply chain exchange meetings where information is exchanged on issues and solutions across the entire supply chain. In 2022, 615 persons from 286 domestic suppliers attended the supplier briefings.

Response to TCFD Recommendations

In November 2021, we expressed our support for the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and we have been disclosing information on the impact of climate change on our business. Please see the "Information disclosure based on TCFD recommendations" page for details on our response to the TCFD recommendations.

In December 2018, Kirin Holdings Company, Limited, announced its support for the TCFD recommendations on behalf of Kirin Group to which our company belongs, and it has since been conducting climate change scenario analyses as well as resilience assessments of our management strategy, and have been announcing its results.

Independent Assurance

We have received third-party assurance*1 for Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and water intake for the entire Kyowa Kirin Group in fiscal 2022 with the aim of ensuring the reliability and transparency of information.
The Kirin Group, to which the Kyowa Kirin Group belongs, has also obtained third-party assurance*2 for Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions for the entire Kirin Group, including our Group, for fiscal2022.

  • *1:
    Third-party assurance has been received from SGS Japan Inc. based on ISO14064-3:2019 and on SGS Japan’s verification procedures.
  • *2:
    Independent third-party assurance has been received from KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd. in accordance with the International Standard on Assurance Engagement (ISAE) 3000 and the ISAE 3410.