Sysmex has formulated business continuity plans (BCPs) for production, procurement and other functions to ensure the continuity of important operations in the event of an earthquake, tsunami or other large-scale disaster, as well as rapid recovery. Our BCPs identify products to be given priority so that our products can continue to function in a stable manner at healthcare institutions, even in crisis situations. We have also prepared disaster-response regulations and manuals, putting in place systems that enable us to respond swiftly in emergencies. We conduct regular simulation training based on the assumption of a disaster.
To diversify risks related to reagents, we procure key raw materials from multiple sources. Also, we select production locations based on the concept of “local production for local consumption”. At the same time, we are building a system through which factories can provide supplies to each other in emergencies, and we have secured alternative transportation routes. In fiscal 2018, we swiftly determined the impact of flooding in western Japan and of the Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake, and successfully implemented countermeasures.
As a means of emergency communication, we have introduced safety communication tools at Group companies in Japan. This system allows us to quickly confirm the safety of each member of the Group. Sysmex has also installed wireless digital equipment at business offices in Japan, putting in place a system for communicating in the event of a disruption of conventional communications. We have also amassed stockpiles of supplies and other items to assist stranded personnel, setting aside enough items for every employee. Furthermore, we conduct e-learning on disaster prevention and response, BCP awareness education and simulation training to augment BCP effectiveness.
The backbone of our Group-wide IT system is located at external, disaster-resistant data centers. In addition, we created an IT structure so that we can quickly switch to a backup system in the event that disaster renders our regular systems inoperable.