Environment

Environmental Management

Sysmex Eco-Vision 2025

Formulating Sysmex Eco-Vision 2025

In May 2018, Sysmex formulated “Sysmex Eco-Vision 2025” in line with the established long-term management goals for the Sysmex Group. This sets forth the long-term environmental vision that Sysmex aims to attain by 2025 and requires us to promote environmental conservation more than ever throughout the product/service lifecycle and across the entire value chain of our business activities.

Long-Term Environmental Vision

Sysmex remains committed to protecting the global environment by setting environmental objectives for the product/service lifecycle and the value chain of its business activities through the fiscal year ending March 31, 2026.
1. We will reduce CO2 emissions to contribute to the prevention of climate change.
2. We will promote resource consumption reduction and resource circulation to help
    to enhance the sustainability of natural resources.
3. We will contribute to biodiversity protection under a full awareness of the impact
    of our business activities on the natural environment.
* The per-unit target, taking fiscal 2016 as the base year

Response to TCFD Recommendations

In recent years, the impact of climate change has begun to present a major risk to financial markets. In December 2015,the Financial Stability Board, an international organization tasked with fostering the financial system’s stability, introduced the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). In June 2017, the TCFD issued final recommendations for companies to disclose the impact on their corporate finances on climate-related risks and opportunities.
In January 2021, Sysmex expressed its support for the recommendations of the TCFD and disclosed the information below based on this framework.

2. Risk Management
Every year, as part of our environmental management system we assess the impact of our business activities from two perspectives: “compliance with laws and regulations” and “impact on the environment”. Taking the TCFD recommendations related to climate change into account, we assessed climate-related risks and opportunities and discussed these results at a meeting of the Environmental Management Committee and a management meeting that included the members of the Managing Board. In this manner, we are working to reduce risks and create business opportunities. In addition, as part of our risk management system, we conduct an exhaustive risk assessment every two years that also incorporates risks other than those related to the environment and climate change.
▶ Risk Management Structure
 3. Risks and Opportunities
Based on the framework outlined in the TCFD recommendations, we have identified climate change risks and opportunities at a management meeting that includes the members of the Managing Board. In December 2020, we revised these risks and opportunities.
Risks Scenario Financial effect Approach
2℃ 4℃
Transition
Risks
- Product supply will become difficult as a result of the prohibition of certain substances and technologies due to regulatory changes. H L - RA/QA divisions have been set at each regional headquarters, and dedicated staff respond to the laws and regulations of each country.
- Transition to materials and technologies with low environmental impact, including reduction in use of plastics, will add to R&D costs and CapEx. M L - Product and technology development based on hospital laboratory requirements as well as market and industry trends.
- Energy and raw material costs will increase. M L - Energy saving measures and greater efficiency of equipment have been introduced.
- We have introduced renewable energy.
- Changes in customers’environmental awareness will lead to criticism of the environmental impact of our products and reduce demand. L L - We have established a system that utilizes customer feedback for product development and quality improvement (VOC: Voice of the Customer).
Physical
Risks
- Large natural disasters will make it difficult to provide a stable supply of products and services. M H - We have formulated a business continuity plan (BCP) to disperse risks such as those associated with raw material supply, supply systems, and transportation routes.
- Regional shortages of water due to drought will disrupt stable supply of product. L M - We are reducing the risk by periodically monitoring water-related risks and establishing BCPs.


Opportunities Scenario Financial effect Approach
2℃ 4℃
Resource
Efficiency
- Optimization of use of transportation methods and operations using IoT.
- Review of packaging and product design will lower raw materials costs and waste.
M L - Review logistics processes and systems in response to diversification of logistics and promote CO2 reduction through remote services.
- We will save resources by reviewing materials and packaging options.
Energy
Source
- Reduction of energy costs through energy saving and shifting to low-carbon energy, which will improve social evaluation. M L - Energy saving measures and greater efficiency of equipment have been introduced.
- We have introduced renewable energy.
Products
and Services
- Changes in customers’ environmental awareness promote the purchasing of environmentally friendly products.
- There will be creation of new testing opportunities and expansion of demand due to long-term disease-trend changes.
M M - We continue to promote environmentally friendly product development.
- We undertake new product development, such as products contributing to the eradication of malaria and other infectious diseases.
Market - Our initiatives for climate change and disclosure will earn us a greater reputation and expectations in financial markets. M L - We support the TCFD and disclose environmental data via the Sysmex Sustainability Data Book and other means.
Resillience - A stable supply of products and services in the event of a natural disaster improves customer trust. L H - We implement a global supply system and backup system through multiple raw material procurement measures.
  • For all businesses (including supply chain) within Sysmex Group, analysis was conducted for a 2-degree scenario that assumed strict measures were taken for climate change, and a 4-degree scenario that assumed no deliberate action exceeding the status quo would be taken for global warming. The financial effect from identified climate-related risks and opportunities were evaluated on a three-stage standard (H: High; M: Middle; L: Low) based on their impact on the operating profit in fiscal 2030.

Environmental Management System

Group Environmental Management System

Sysmex has formulated Global Environmental Management Regulations to clarify the responsibilities and roles of each Group company. Under the oversight and management of the environmental management officer (a senior executive officer), appointed by the CEO, we are taking initiatives toward environmental management as a Group, centered on the Environmental Management Committee. We have integrated environmental objectives as part of the Group Management Plan and report on their progress as sustainability targets at Managing Board meetings semiannually.

Promoting the Acquisition of ISO 14001 Certification

Sysmex is working toward the acquisition of ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems, for the Group’s principal affiliated companies.
As of March 31, 2021, 17 Group companies had acquired ISO 14001 certification, and these companies account for 67% of the net sales of the Group.
By centralizing the environmental activities of certain Group companies, we are working to ascertain the state of progress on activities and issues as well as reinforcing management activities, and four companies (Sysmex Corporation, Sysmex International Reagents, Sysmex RA, and Sysmex Medica), accounting for nine locations, have obtained integrated certification. As a result, we are now able to systematically share information related to environmental management.

Status of ISO 14001 Certification

Region Company
Japan Sysmex Corporation, Sysmex International Reagents, Sysmex Medica,
Sysmex RA
Americas Sysmex America, Sysmex Reagents America, Sysmex Brazil
EMEA Sysmex Europe, Sysmex Germany, Sysmex France, Sysmex Spain
China Sysmex Wuxi, Jinan Sysmex
AP Sysmex Asia Pacific, Sysmex India, Sysmex New Zealand, Sysmex Australia

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 2020, neither internal nor external environmental audits at our domestic Group locations (for which certification in Japan has been integrated) revealed any cases of nonconformity.

Environmental Education

Conducting Environmental Education and Training

Sysmex conducts general education for all employees to foster an awareness of the impact of the Group’s environmental activities and individual operations. We conduct specialized training for individuals designated by their divisions as personnel responsible for environmental management system promotion. We also conduct specialized and emergency response training for each division, as necessary.
In fiscal 2020, we provided general environmental e-learning training for all employees at our business offices with integrated ISO certification, and for staff members in charge of environmental matters at our overseas offices. We also held seminars on laws and regulations for staff members in charge of business offices and those in the product lifecycle department.