Identified Materiality

Considering Materiality

The Process of Identifying Materiality

Sysmex has used the following process to identify priority issues (materiality). Going forward, we will revise our materialities as needed, taking into account the most recent trends in international society and changes in the business environment.

The Process of Identifying Materiality

STEP 1: Understand and Organize the Issues

We analyzed societyʼs 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 sustainability assessment bodies. We compared these requirements against the current state of Sysmexʼs 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 Sysmexʼs stakeholders (the size of the impact on decision-making by stakeholders) and, from the perspective of risks and opportunities, the degree of importance to Sysmex (the size of the Companyʼs impact on the economy, environment, and society). Through this process, we discovered the most important issues requiring priority initiatives.

STEP 3: Confirm Suitability, Establish Materiality

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

STEP 1: Understand and Organize the Issues

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STEP 2: Prioritize

Sysmexʼs business activities impact society in various ways throughout the value chain. The Sysmex Group comprehensively evaluates these impacts along two axes, according to the degree of importance for Sysmexʼs stakeholders and, from the perspective of risks and opportunities, by the degree of importance to Sysmex. We then select aspects of topmost importance requiring priority initiatives. The Company contributes to society by promoting CSR initiatives across the value chain.

STEP 2: Prioritize

Research and Development

Recognized Social Issues and Expectations of Sysmex

In advanced countries, as populations age the need is growing to reduce healthcare costs and extend healthy lifespans. Emerging markets and developing countries, meanwhile, face the issues of building healthcare infrastructures in line with population growth and ensuring the availability of healthcare. We recognize the need to contribute to the resolution of these various healthcare issues through research and development.

Main CSR-Related Aspects*
  • Resolution of medical issues through business activities
  • Improvement in accessibility to medical services by means such as familiarizing products
  • Securing of product quality and safety
  • Environmental consideration through the product lifecycle

Procurement

Recognized Social Issues and Expectations of Sysmex

The scope of corporate responsibility is broadening. In addition to the quality of raw materials, companies are being called upon to take into account human rights, labor practices and consideration for the environment in their procurement activities. We believe in the importance of working with our business partners for the responsible provision of products and services.

Main CSR-Related Aspects*
  • Securing of product quality and safety
  • Assessment and management of the supply chain
  • Compliance
  • Environmental consideration through the product lifecycle

Manufacturing

Recognized Social Issues and Expectations of Sysmex

In recent years, societyʼs demands have increased in relation to product quality and safety. Accordingly, we believe in the importance of thorough compliance with laws, regulations and standards, and assurance of high product quality and safety.

Main CSR-Related Aspects*
  • Securing of product quality and safety
  • Reduction in environmental burden through activities at business offices
  • Environmental consideration through the product lifecycle
  • Compliance

Distribution

Recognized Social Issues and Expectations of Sysmex

We believe in the importance of addressing environmental issues such as reducing GHGs through improved distribution efficiency and raising our recycling rate.

Main CSR-Related Aspects*
  • Environmental consideration through the product lifecycle

Sales

Recognized Social Issues and Expectations of Sysmex

As a global company, we develop business in countries and regions that face healthcare issues, and we are called upon to help address these issues. Furthermore, we believe in the importance of creating long-term, trust-based relationships with customers through initiatives to enhance customer satisfaction, appropriate information disclosure, and a stable product supply.

Main CSR-Related Aspects*
  • Resolution of medical issues through business activities
  • Improvement in accessibility to medical services by means such as familiarizing products
  • Appropriate disclosure of information regarding products and services
  • Compliance

Service and Support

Recognized Social Issues and Expectations of Sysmex

We believe in the importance of building long-term, trust-based relationships with customers through initiatives to boost satisfaction, the collection of quality information globally and in a timely manner, responses in the event of problems, and sharing information globally about quality issues and malfunctions, as well as corrective and preventive action.

Main CSR-Related Aspects*
  • Reduction of environmental burden through activities at business offices
  • Appropriate disclosure of information regarding products and services
  • Compliance
  • CSR-related aspects: Aspects selected after analyzing GRI Guidelines (G4), United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), ISO 26000 and other international guidelines, screening content from SRI and other assessment bodies, and reflecting on the status of Sysmexʼs CSR activities.
Sysmexʼs Materiality Matrix
Sysmexʼs Materiality Matrix

STEP 3: Confirm Suitability and Establish Materiality

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