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Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy

By shaping the advancement of healthcare, our global environmental conservation activities contribute to the creation of a fulfilling and healthy society.

Core behavior
  1. We deliver reassurance to all people by carrying out business activities in an environmentally conscious manner.
  2. We strive to provide eco-friendly products and services while giving careful thought of environmental issues throughout their life cycles.
  3. We strive to conserve energy and resources, reduce wastes, promote recycle and properly control chemical substances in all business activities.
  4. We comply with all applicable national or regional environmental regulations, standards and agreements.
  5. We continually improve our environmental conservation activities and work diligently prevent pollution and minimize the impact our products have on the environment.
  6. We contribute to society through environmental conservation activities as a member of the community, while educating and raising the environmental consciousness.
  7. We establish environmental objectives and targets consistent with this environmental policy, and measure our performance against them.

Revised May 2009

Environmental Management System

Group Environmental Management System

Sysmex has formulated Global Environmental Management Regulations to clarify the responsibilities and roles of each Group company. We have assigned a managing director, a member of the Managing Board, of Sysmex Corporation as an environmental management officer to oversee and control Group environmental management. The Environmental Management Committee, which is chaired by the environmental management officer, makes decisions related to environmental activities. Activities include deliberating on important matters such as Group environmental objectives and conducting management reviews. Within the Environmental Management Committee, we have established the Environmental Management System Promotion Section (chaired by the head of the CSR Promotion Division and membered by people in charge of environmental management system promotion in individual operating divisions) as the organization for executing environmental management. Each operating division promotes environmental activities in line with its function, centered on the person responsible for environmental management system promotion and the person in charge of environmental management system promotion.

Promoting the Acquisition of ISO 14001 Certification

Sysmex is working toward the acquisition of ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management, for the Group’s principal affiliated companies, and Jinan Sysmex was newly certified in fiscal 2016. As of April 30, 2017, we had acquired certifications at 24 locations, and the percentage of employees at locations that had received certifications amounted to 69% of the total number of Group employees. Each location is also promoting transitional activities in line with amendments to ISO 14001.

By centralizing the environmental activities of the Group’s activities in Japan, we are working to ascertain the state of progress on activities and any issues, as well as to reinforce management activities. To this end, four companies (Sysmex Corporation, Sysmex International Reagents, Sysmex RA and Sysmex Medica) comprising nine locations have obtained integrated certification. In fiscal 2016, we completed the transition to the amended ISO standards (ISO 14001: 2015).

Status of ISO 14001 Certification
Company Name Scope Site Acquired in
Sysmex Europe
(Newly acquired ISO 50001 certification)
Manufacture of reagents for clinical testing Reagent factory in Germany November 1999
Sales and after-sales services for clinical testing instruments, various types of analyzers, testing reagents, testing information systems and healthcare-related software Head office October 2011
Sysmex Deutschland -
Sysmex Corporation Development, design, manufacture, sale and after-sale service of clinical testing instruments, various types of analyzers, testing reagents, testing information systems and healthcare-related software, as well as sale of custom proteins Kakogawa Factory April 2000
Technopark February 2002
Head office February 2002
Solution Center November 2005
i-Square February 2015
Sysmex International Reagents Ono Factory March 2001
Seishin Factory June 2007
Sysmex Medica - March 2001
Sysmex RA - June 2008
Sysmex Brazil Manufacture and sale of reagents for clinical testing - February 2009
Sysmex America Sales and after-sales services for clinical testing instruments, various types of analyzers, testing reagents, testing information systems and healthcare-related software, as well as manufacture of testing reagents - December 2009
Sysmex Reagents America -
Sysmex New Zealand Design, development, installation and support of healthcare information systems and services, as well as sales and after-sales services for clinical testing instruments, various types of analyzers, testing reagents, testing information systems and healthcare-related software - May 2011
Sysmex France Sales and after-sales services for clinical testing instruments, various types of analyzers, testing reagents, testing information systems and healthcare-related software - February 2012
Sysmex India Manufacture of reagents for clinical testing - March 2012
Sysmex Asia Pacific Sales and after-sales services for clinical testing instruments, various types of analyzers, testing reagents, testing information systems and healthcare-related software, as well as manufacture and sale of reagents for clinical testing Head office April 2012
Reagent factory
Sysmex Espana Sales and after-sales services for clinical testing instruments, various types of analyzers, testing reagents, testing information systems and healthcare-related software - April 2012
Sysmex Middle East Sales and after-sales services for clinical testing instruments, various types of analyzers, testing reagents, testing information systems and healthcare-related software - March 2013
Sysmex Wuxi Development and manufacture of clinical testing reagents - June 2013
Jinan Sysmex Development and manufacture of clinical testing reagents - January 2016

Conducting Environmental Auditing

In line with environmental management system requirements, we perform regular internal and external environmental audits at locations that have obtained ISO 14001 certification.

In fiscal 2016, three nonconformities were found during internal environmental audits of the four Group companies and nine locations for which certification in Japan has been integrated. One slight nonconformity was found in external environmental audits. Corrective measures have been completed.

Environmental Objectives

Setting Long-Term and Medium-Term Environmental Objectives

To guide the Group’s environmental management over the long term, Sysmex has set long-term environmental targets to be achieved by fiscal 2020 under the Sysmex Group Environmental Action Plan (Sysmex Eco-Vision 2020). To achieve these goals, we are working to improve the Group’s environmental impact on an ongoing basis.

In our environmental action plan, we looked at the social situation, needs and expectations with regard to climate change, resource circulation and other environmental problems, identified issues to address by taking into consideration the Company’s environmental impact and scope, and set targets in fiscal 2010 through deliberation by the Environmental Management Committee. Given environmental changes that have taken place in Japan and overseas, we revised certain of these targets in fiscal 2015. We revised the units for our target on reducing CO2 emissions from Japan-domestic and interregional transportation from “per unit of freight ton-km” to “per unit of non-consolidated sales” to reflect the effects of improved loading efficiency. We have also set mid-term objectives toward our environmental action plan objectives. We are currently undergoing initiatives aimed at meeting the targets of the Sysmex Group Environmental Action Plan (Fiscal 2015–2017).

In the new Group mid-term management plan from fiscal 2017, we have also established Group environmental objectives for the companies in Japan. The plan sets three-year environmental objectives for product and service life cycles and operational activities for each division in Japan. On this basis, we have rolled out action plans and are moving forward with initiatives to meet these targets.

Long-Term Environmental Objectives of the Sysmex Group Environmental Action Plan (Sysmex Eco-Vision 2020) and Sysmex Group Medium-Term Environmental Objectives and Results

  Sysmex Eco-Vision 2020 Long-term Environmental Objectives (Revised Edition) Mid-term Environmental Objectives (FY2015 –2017) Activities/Achievements in FY2016
Environmental consciousness in product life cycle process Promote eco-friendly products and service models Promote eco-friendly products and service models
  • Continued working to reduce electricity use and achieve better compactness in the development of new products
  • Continued efforts to develop alternatives for animal-derived substances in reagents
  • By adopting concentrated reagents, decreased reagent switching time and achieved reduction in waste
  • To reduce waste, increased the number of instrument varieties employing reusable packaging materials
  • Increased the percentage of customer inquiries and service requests resolved via telephone and network services (compatibility with remote connection) (thereby reducing CO2 emissions by decreasing the number of visits made using vehicles)

Reduce carbon dioxide emissions for logistics by 50% (per unit of non-consolidated sales)*1

Base year: FY2010

Reduce carbon dioxide emissions for logistics by 45% (per unit of non-consolidated sales)*1

Base year: FY2010

  • For exports, promoted shift from air to ocean transport
  • Optimized product package sizes and conducted loading simulations to increase container loading efficiency

Results (per unit of non-consolidated sales):

Fiscal 2016: 4.937 (t-CO2/hundred million yen)

Base year: 7.252 (t-CO2/hundred million yen)

Against base year: Down 32%

Environmental consciousness at business offices

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions at business offices by 50%(per unit of consolidated sales)*2

Base year: FY2008

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions at business offices by 40% (per unit of consolidated sales)*2

Base year: FY2008

  • Reduced use of electricity by improving production efficiency (Sysmex International Reagents)
  • Reduced CO2 emissions by using solar power (Sysmex Europe(Reagent factory in Germany), i-Square)
  • Switched to high-efficiency air conditioning units (Solution Center)
  • Converted to the use of renewable energy for electricity (Sysmex Europe, Sysmex Deutschland, Sysmex Europe (reagent factory in Germany))

Results (per unit of consolidated sales):

Fiscal 2016: 7.36 (t-CO2/ hundred million yen)

Base year: 10.07 (t-CO2/ hundred million yen)

Against base year: Down 27%

Achieve a recycle rate of 93% or higher at all business offices*3 Achieve a recycle rate of 92% or higher at all business offices*3
  • Reused as a road paving material the glass waste formerly processed at landfills (Technopark, Solution Center)
  • Reused packaging material on purchased items (Sysmex Wuxi)

Results:
Fiscal 2016: 91.8%

Reduce water usage at reagent factories by 10% (per unit of amount of production)*4

Base year: FY2008

Reduce water usage at reagent factories by 7% (per unit of amount of production)*4

Base year: FY2008

  • Reused reverse-osmosis (pure) wastewater through improvement of ultrapure water plant (Sysmex Asia Pacific)
  • Reused industrial waste water after treatment (Sysmex India)

Results (per unit of production):

Fiscal 2016: 25.4 (m³/thousand boxes)

Base year: 21.5 (m³/thousand boxes)

Against base year: Up 18%

*1 Scope of data: Sysmex Corporation

*2 Scope of data: All factories and major business offices (13 factories, 7 business offices)
[Factories]
Sysmex Corporation (Kakogawa Factory, i-Square), Sysmex International Reagents (Ono Factory, Seishin Factory), Sysmex Medica, Sysmex RA, Sysmex Europe(Reagent factory in Germany), Sysmex Brazil, Sysmex Reagents America, Sysmex India, Sysmex Asia Pacific, Jinan Sysmex, Sysmex Wuxi
[Major Business Offices]
Sysmex Corporation (head office, Technopark, Solution Center), Sysmex Europe, Sysmex America, Sysmex Shanghai, Sysmex Asia Pacific

*3 Scope of data: All factories and major business offices where products and/or chemical substances are handled (13 factories, 3 business offices)
[Factories]
Sysmex Corporation (Kakogawa Factory, i-Square), Sysmex International Reagents (Ono Factory, Seishin Factory), Sysmex Medica, Sysmex RA, Sysmex Europe(Reagent factory in Germany), Sysmex Brazil, Sysmex Reagents America, Sysmex India, Sysmex Asia Pacific, Jinan Sysmex, Sysmex Wuxi
[Major Business Offices]
Sysmex Corporation (head office, Technopark, Solution Center)

*4 Scope of data: Reagent factories (nine factories)
Sysmex International Reagents (Ono Factory, Seishin Factory), Sysmex Europe(Reagent factory in Germany), Sysmex Brazil, Sysmex Reagents America, Sysmex India, Sysmex Asia Pacific, Jinan Sysmex, Sysmex Wuxi

Environmental Risk Assessments

Performing Environmental Risk Assessments

As part of the Group’s risk management, Sysmex assesses the impact of business activities on increasingly severe environmental issues from the perspectives of compliance and environmental impact, in an effort to reduce risk and create business opportunities. We conduct risk assessments once every two years under its risk assessment system.

Environmental Education

Conducting Environmental Education and Training

To increase awareness of Group environmental activities and the environmental impact of individual operations, once each year Sysmex conducts general education for all employees, including methods such as e-learning.

Furthermore, for divisions with deep involvement in business activities or requiring specialized knowledge and skills, we conduct specialized training for individuals designated by their divisions as people responsible for and in charge of environmental management system promotion. This training includes regulatory system seminars to gain working knowledge and seminars to cultivate internal environmental auditors. In fiscal 2016, we conducted awareness education about the transition to ISO 14001: 2015. We also conduct specialized and emergency response training for each division, as necessary.

People Undergoing Environmental Education and Training (Fiscal 2016)
Name Target Number of People Undergoing Training
General environmental education Total number of employees at business sites having integrated ISO certification 1,786 people
Regulatory system seminar People in charge of business sites and development 52 people
Seminar to cultivate internal environmental auditors Internal environmental auditors (people in charge of environmental management system promotion) 19 people
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