Environmental Consideration

Initiatives to Protect the Environment in the Long Term

Recognition of the Social Issue

Global environmental sustainability—curtailing climate change; utilizing water, mineral and other resources; and protecting biodiversity—is becoming an urgent issue. As the enactment of the Paris Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) show, around the world environmental initiatives are considered priority issues, and expectations for the role of the business sector are increasing.

  • Measures to Address Climate Change
  • Keeping the rise in average air temperature to
    2℃ or less

The Paris Agreement calls for keeping the rise in average air temperatures well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and for efforts to hold this rise to 1.5°C.

Sysmex’s Policy on Undertaking Environmental Activities

As a company that is developing its operations globally, Sysmex has identified materiality issues that include “environmental consideration throughout the product life cycle” and “reduction in environmental burdens through activities at business offices,” and is working proactively to reduce its environmental impact.

Furthermore, we have revised our environmental policy in line with our transition to ISO 14001:2015, an international environmental management system, and are steadily pursuing environmental initiatives throughout the Group.

  • People Facing
    Water Shortages
  • 40% or more of the world’s population

By 2050, around 3.9 billion people (more than 40% of the global population) living in river basins are forecast to face severe water shortages.

Source: OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 (2012)

Relation to the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations consist of 17 goals to be met by 2030. Goal 6, to “ensure access to water and sanitation for all;” goal 7, to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all;” goal 12, to “ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns;” and goal 13, to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts,” target the following objectives.

  • Substantially improve the efficiency of water usage, ensure the sustainable extraction and provision of fresh water, and resolve water shortages
  • Reduce waste emissions by promoting prevention, recycling and reuse
  • Double the rate of improvement in energy efficiency
  • Reinforce the ability to prevent and respond appropriately to the dangers and natural disasters resulting from climate change
Comments from the Environmental Management Officer

Junzo Yamamoto Member of the Managing Board and Senior Executive Officer

Junzo Yamamoto
Member of the Managing Board and Senior Executive Officer, Managing Director

We are promoting environmental conservation across the entire life cycle in an effort to realize a sustainable society

Resolving global environmental issues requires a medium- to long-term perspective. To date, Sysmex has formulated long-term environmental objectives and engaged steadily in measures to reduce its environmental impact. Even so, companies are now being called upon to increase their environmental responses. We have recently formulated long-term management goals for the period ending in fiscal 2025. Along with our aim of further growth, we have recast our long-term environmental objectives. We will step up our environmental consideration to achieve a balance between economy and society.

In addition to setting clear reduction targets to be achieved by fiscal 2025, we are engaging in environmentally-friendly business activities such as reducing the consumption of energy and water from the use of our products.

Formulating Sysmex Eco-Vision 2025

Along with the Sysmex Group’s long-term management goals, we have formulated Sysmex Eco-Vision 2025, which concludes in Fiscal 2025.

This vision clarifies Group-wide targets, taking into account the social situation, needs and expectations related to environmental issues, including climate change and recycling, as well as the Group’s environmental impact and scope. We will step up our environmental conservation efforts across our product and service lifecycles—spanning development, manufacturing, sales, service and support—as well as our value chain.

Major Changes from Eco-Vision 2020*

  • Expanded the scope of environmental consideration across the entire value chain and all business activities
  • Set targets for biodiversity protection
  • Expanded the coverage of business sites (accounting for 80% or more of sales)

* The long-term environmental action plan setting targets to be achieved by fiscal 2020 (set in fiscal 2010).
Please see the “Environmental Management” section for results based on this plan.

Long-Term Environmental Vision

Sysmex remains committed to protecting the global environment by setting environmental objectives for the product/service life cycle and the value chain of its business activities through the year ending March 31, 2026.

  1. We reduce CO2 emissions to contribute to prevention of climate change.
  2. We promote resource consumption reduction and resource circulation to help to enhance sustainability of natural resources.
  3. We contribute to biodiversity protection under a full awareness of the impact of our business activities on the natural environment.

Long-Term Environmental Objectives (Fiscal 2025)

  • when using instruments
  • By 15%
  • in business activities
  • By 50%
  • when shipping
  • By 15%
  • when using instruments
  • By 15%
  • in business activities
  • By 15%
  • Increase the recycle rate in business activities
  • to 93%
    or higher

Expand the line using alternatives to animal-derived substances

Base year: Year ended March 31, 2017