Environmental Consideration through the Product Lifecycle
Eco-Friendly Products and Services
Environment-Friendliness in Product Design
Sysmex has formulated regulations related to product life cycle management in an effort to contribute to energy conservation and waste reduction when customers use our products. These guidelines, aimed at conserving IVD instrumentsʼ use of electricity and lowering reagent quantities, are incorporated into technical development.
Examples of Initiatives
|Method||Results of Initiatives|
|Adopting Concentrated Reagent||
|Use of Environmentally Considerate Raw Materials||By switching to more environment-friendly and safer reagents, eliminated the need for processing waste liquid with neutralizing agents|
XN-Series Using Reagent Concentrated 25 Times Compared with Conventional Reagents
Environmental Consideration in the Production of Raw Materials
Silkworms to produce proteins
To curtail the use of natural resources, Sysmex has established a production method using recombinant silkworms as an alternative to the use of animal-derived proteins in its reagents.
In the past, producing these substances used substantial amounts of energy. However, as silkworms can be cultivated in typical rooms, simply by using shelves and breeding containers and providing them with food, we anticipate a stable supply, as well as energy savings and waste reduction.
We use proteins produced by silkworms in Revohem PT, a reagent we launched in fiscal 2017. This is the first such product to obtain regulatory certification.
Our protein production contracting service business using this technology has also been fully operational since fiscal 2012, and we are already taking orders from a number of pharmaceutical companies.
* Comparison of in-house product (through joint research with Tokyo City Univercity)
Response to Laws and Regulations on Harmful Substances
Application of the revised RoHS Directive* (which was amended in July 2011) to Sysmex’s diagnostic instruments and diagnostic instruments for animals began in July 2016.
Sysmex has completed parts surveys and the switchover to alternative parts on products destined for the European Union, and we declared our compliance in fiscal 2015.
* A directive prohibiting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic devices sold in the European Union. This directive calls for the cessation of use of heavy metals (lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium) and specified bromine containing flame retardants (PBB and PBDE).
Environmentally Conscious Procurement (Green Procurement)
Cooperating with Business Partners to Promote Environmentally Conscious Procurement
Sysmex has established Green Procurement Standards, which describe its fundamental stance on environmental considerations in procurement activities.
We also conduct annual CSR surveys of our business partners to check whether they have in place policies on environmental management, as well as targets and plans for CO2 reduction and energy conservation.
- Green Procurement Standards
Through our global corporate activities in the healthcare field, we are contributing to the creation of a fulfilling and healthy society.
In accordance with its environmental policy, the Sysmex Group strives to fulfill its corporate social responsibility by promoting global environment conservation. Accordingly, we endeavor to promote the manufacture of environmentally friendly products by encouraging the procurement of raw materials and parts that have low impact on the global environment. Sysmex aims to cultivate motivated environmental conservation activities among our suppliers and enable us to work together toward the development of a sustainable society.
Green Procurement Initiatives
The Sysmex Group practices "green procurement" to ensure that its procurement activities promote a reduction in the environmental impact of the Company's products and reduce the environmental impact of all production activities, including those of our suppliers. We promote the two items below as specific green procurement initiatives.
1) Promote the procurement of raw materials and parts that have lower environmental impact.
2) Expand business with suppliers that take a proactive approach toward environmental conservation.
Scope of Application
These standards apply to the procurement of raw materials, parts and products by Sysmex Group companies.
Control of Chemical Substances in Products
The Sysmex Group requires the selection of materials and parts for the products it develops and produces to be based not only on the requisite quality, performance and economic feasibility, but also on the minimization of environmental impact. Therefore, raw materials and parts that do not employ the chemical substances described below shall be adopted:
1) Substances prohibited according to restrictions on chemical substances contained in products shall not be contained.
2) Those in which the chemical substance amounts defined under restrictions on chemical substances contained in products shall be monitored.
3) Those for which the environmental impact of the chemical substance in terms of atmospheric pollution, water contamination, soil pollution, etc. shall be low.
4) Environmental impact data for materials shall be disclosed.
5) In relation to packaging materials, when all of the aforementioned factors are identical, that with the lowest volume of contained chemical substances shall be selected.
Revised November 2014
Configuration and Operation of Environmental Management Systems
When commencing transactions with business partners, the Sysmex Group indicates clearly the importance it places on motivated environmental conservation activities. To this end, we confirm whether potential suppliers have in place environmental management systems certified by third parties.
1) ISO 14001 certification
2) Simplified environmental management system certification
Provision of Environmental Information on Raw Materials and Parts
The Sysmex Group asks suppliers to provide the following environmental reports in cooperation with Sysmex's environmental conservation activities.
1) Data on harmful chemical substances contained in raw materials and parts
2) Certification against the use of substances targeted by European RoHS regulations
3) Information on raw materials and parts compliant with European RoHS regulations
Environmental Measures by Suppliers to Their Outsourcing Partners
The Sysmex Group also asks suppliers to request that their outsourcing partners configure environmental management systems and cooperate in providing environmental information. We ask suppliers to take responsibility for managing their outsourcing partners in this respect.
Revised November 2014
Specifying Prohibited Substances, Substances to Be Reduced and Target Countries
Based on its green procurement standards, Sysmex discloses the following items in dealing with chemical substances (substances with environmental impact) contained in the products it manufactures and sells, as well as their constituent parts, devices and materials.
1. Prohibited substances (substances whose use is prohibited), revised on May 31, 2018
2. Substances to be reduced (substances whose use must be reduced) , revised on May 31, 2018
3. List of target countries (countries and regions whose environmental laws and regulations provide the basis for prohibited substances and substances to be reduced), revised on May 31, 2017
Efforts to Lower CO2 Emissions in Japan-Domestic and Inter-Regional Transportation of Products
As Sysmex’s global business continues to expand, it is working to curtail CO2 emissions by reviewing its logistics processes and systems as distribution grows increasingly diverse and moving forward with packaging reforms.
As a result, in fiscal 2017 we achieved a 32% reduction compared with fiscal 2010, the base year under Sysmex Eco-Vision 2020. We have also set CO2 reduction targets when shipping under Sysmex Eco-Vision 2025, which we formulated in fiscal 2018, and are continuing with our initiatives.
Results of Reviewing Logistics Processes, Systems and Packaging
|Method||Result of Reviews|
|Modal Shift||We shifted our mode of transporting reagents, which are considered hazardous materials, from aircraft to ship, using reefer containers*, for reagents destined for Germany. This move reduced the annual aircraft transport volume by around 380 tons.|
|Increasing Transportation Efficiency||Following the China region, we set up a regional logistics hub warehouse in Sysmex Asia Pacific. Concentrating transportation within the region is reducing CO2 emissions.|
|Loading Simulations||To reduce transport frequency, we have stepped up loading simulations. As a result, we have improved our container loading ratio from 52% (fiscal 2013) to more than 70% (since fiscal 2015).
In the Sysmex Asia Pacific supply chain, we have introduced the “container optimizer” to automatically calculate optimal loading ratios, resulting in effective transport.
* A container with equipment to maintain its internal temperature at a specified level
CO2 emissions from logistics
Notes: Range of calculation is CO2 from warehouse in Japan to customers within Japan and that to overseas seaport or airport.
Saving Resources by Revising Packaging Materials
To conserve resources, Sysmex has introduced reusable packaging for instruments shipped within Japan. In fiscal 2017, this move resulted in a savings of approximately 14 tons of cardboard.
In addition, for the steel materials introduced for shipping products overseas, we have increased transport strength and encouraged recycling at delivery locations, helping to reduce environmental impact.
Furthermore, to reduce waste from packaging materials Sysmex Switzerland has introduced reusable boxes for refrigerated cargo.