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Considering Materiality

Sysmex has identified priority issues (materiality items) with a view to realizing a sustainable society and achieving sustainable growth for the Group. We are currently developing a specific action plan based on these identified materiality items and are taking actions accordingly.

Identifying Materiality

The Process of Identifying Materiality

STEP 1: Understand and Organize the Issues

We analyzed society’s requirements based on international guidelines, such as the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (G4), the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and ISO 26000, as well as screening content from SRI and other assessment bodies. We compared these requirements against the current state of the Sysmex’s CSR activities, extracting and identifying related aspects.

STEP 2: Prioritize

We then conducted an overall assessment of the related aspects identified in STEP 1 along two axes: the degree of importance for stakeholders (size of impact on decision-making by stakeholders) and, from the perspective of risks and opportunities, the degree of importance for Sysmex (size of the Company’s impact on the economy, environment and society). Through this process, we discovered the most important aspects requiring priority initiatives.

STEP 3: Confirm Suitability, Establish Materiality

The materiality items organized as a result of STEP 2 were approved at a management meeting chaired by the chairman and CEO.

Sysmex’s Materiality Matrix
Sysmex’s Materiality Matrix
Sysmex’s Materiality Items
Materiality G4-Related Perspective SDGs Targets
Resolution of medical issues through products and services
  • Resolution of medical issues through business activities
  • Improvement in accessibility to medical services by means such as familiarizing products
  • Indirect economic impact
  • Local communities
Responsible provision of products and services
  • Securing of product quality and safety
  • Appropriate disclosure of information regarding products and services.
  • Assessment and management of the supply chain
  • Customer health and safety
  • Product and service labeling
  • Procurement practices
  • Supplier environmental assessment
  • Supplier assessment for labor practices
  • Supplier human rights assessment
  • Supplier assessment for impact on society
Realization of an attractive workplace
  • Provision of a comfortable working environment
  • Development of human resources
  • Promotion of diversity
  • Employment
  • Training and education
  • Diversity and equal opportunity
  • Equal compensation for men and women
Environmental consideration
  • Environmental consideration through the product lifecycle
  • Reduction in environmental burden through activities at business offices
  • Products and services
  • Transport
  • Raw materials
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Emission into the atmosphere
  • Effluents and waste
  • Corporate Governance
  • Compliance
  • Risk Management
  • Governance
  • Indirect economic impact
  • Compliance (environment, society, responsibility for products)
  • Anti-corruption
  • Anti-competitive behavior

Recognition of the Issues

Resolution of medical issues through products and services
<Recognition of the Issues>

In relation to aging populations in advanced countries, in recent years the need has been growing to reduce healthcare costs and extend healthy lifespans. At the same time, the establishment of medical infrastructure is unable to keep pace with growing populations in emerging markets and developing countries, and some 400 million people around the world are not receiving necessary levels of healthcare*. Boosting access to healthcare services is therefore an issue.

Meanwhile, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 set targets for human health and welfare, prompting growing expectations for global companies to undertake initiatives to resolve medical issues.

Under these conditions, the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) domain, which plays an important role in disease prevention, early detection and determining courses of treatment, is expected to contribute to a healthy society by creating new value and solving healthcare issues, including the three most deadly infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria).

*Source: WHO “Universal Health Coverage

Responsible provision of products and services
<Recognition of the Issues>

A recent spate of issues involving product quality and recalls have drawn attention to society’s demands for product and service quality and safety. Furthermore, in recent years the scope of corporate responsibility has expanded to encompass the entire supply chain, including business partners.

Against this backdrop, it is growing ever more important for companies to build long-term trust-based customer relationships by complying with laws and regulations, paying thorough attention to product and service quality and safety, engaging in measures to enhance customer satisfaction and ensure appropriate disclosure, and supplying products in a stable manner. To achieve these aims, companies are being called upon to work with their business partners to provide responsible products and services that earn customers’ trust.

Realization of an attractive workplace
<Recognition of the Issues>

In order to achieve sustainable growth, it is considered important for companies to promote diversity and create workplaces that are easy and comfortable to work in. Also, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 include goals pertaining to gender equality, decent work and reduced inequalities. In order to achieve these goals, companies are called on to create workplaces that promote work-life balance while helping diverse human resources realize their full potential, as well as for systematic and sustainable human resource cultivation.

Environmental consideration
<Recognition of the Issues>

Global environmental problems are a pressing issue with respect to realizing a sustainable society. The Paris Agreement, which was adopted by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), calls for all countries and regions of the world to set targets for reducing CO2 emissions in order to prevent global warming, and mandated measures for reaching these targets. Furthermore, measures to become a recycling-oriented society are becoming an increasingly important topic as the depletion of natural resources grows more serious.

Against this backdrop, in September 2015 the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set numerous targets for addressing environmental issues. The SDGs call for companies, as well as governments, to take on certain responsibilities.

<Recognition of the Issues>

Numerous corporate scandals related to corporate governance, risk management and compliance have come to light in recent years, and their impact on society has increased.

In this environment, Japan’s Corporate Governance Code came into effect in June 2015, calling on companies to take governance into consideration in non-financial areas, as well as on the financial front.

In addition to strengthening governance and internal control, companies are being called on to buttress their management foundations for promoting risk management and compliance.

Initiatives for Enhancing Effectiveness

Development of an Action Plan

For the identified materiality items, we will boost the effectiveness of the PDCA cycle by setting targets in specific action plans (such as KPIs) and rolling these out into the mid-term CSR plan.

On the environment-related front, based on the Sysmex Group Environmental Action Plan,”Sysmex Eco-Vision 2020” and the Sysmex Group mid-term environmental targets, we will undertake initiatives as a Group to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities.

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