CSR Management

Materiality and Sustainability Targets

In fiscal 2017, Sysmex identified priority issues (materiality)with a view to realizing a sustainable society and achieving sustainable growth for the Group. In fiscal 2020, we reviewed materiality while working on our new mid-term management plan (fiscal 2021 to 2023), taking account of changes in economic, environmental taking into account. We also revisited our KPIs linked to the materiality and set the reviewed KPIs as our new sustainability targets. Our departments roll out their execution plans and activities to achieve these sustainability targets. They also report their progress regularly at management meetings, including the Managing Board meetings. The targets are then reviewed, and new measures are considered in a PDCA cycle.
Materiality SDGs Targets
Resolution of Medical Issues through Products and Services
  • Resolution of medical issues through innovation
  • Improvement in accessibility to healthcare
3. GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING 9. INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE 17. PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
Responsible Provision of Products and Services
  • Pursuit of quality and trust
  • Strengthening of supply chain management
8. DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH 12. RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Realization of an Attractive Workplace
  • Provision of a comfortable working environment
  • Promotion of diversity and inclusion
  • Development of human resources
  • Promotion of health and occupational safety
5. GENDER EQUALITY 8. DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
Environmental Consideration
  • Environmental consideration through product lifecycle
  • Reduction in environmental burden through activities at business offices
6. CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION 7. AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY 12. RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION 13. CLIMATE ACTION
Strengthening of Governance
  • Corporate governance
  • Compliance
  • Risk management
  • New materiality topics: No major changes have been made to the those most recently identified, in fiscal 2017. Some modifications were made to wording.

The Process of Identifying Materiality

Identifying and Reviewing Materiality

STEP.1 Understand and Organize the Issues

STEP.1 Understand and Organize the Issues
We analyzed society’s requirements based on international guidelines, such as the GRI Standards, the SDGs, and SASB Standards, as well as screening content from sustainability assessment bodies. We compared these requirements against the characteristics of Sysmex’s business, our current initiatives, and our visions for the future presented in our long-term management goals and mid-term management plan. We then defined 24 new related aspects.

STEP.2 Priotize

STEP.2 Priotize
We then conducted an overall assessment of the 24 related aspects identified in Step 1 along two axes: the degree of importance to Sysmexʼs stakeholders (the extent of the impact on decision-making by stakeholders) and, from the perspective of risks and opportunities, the degree of importance to Sysmex (the extent of the company’s impact on the economy, environment, and society). Through this process, we discovered the 13 most important issues requiring priority initiatives.

Sysmexʼs Materiality Matrix

Sysmexʼs Materiality Matrix

STEP.3 Confirm Suitability, Establish Materiality

STEP.3 Confirm Suitability, Establish Materiality
The materiality topics organized as a result of Step 2 were sorted according to advice from external sustainability experts and approved at a management meeting chaired by Sysmex’s Chairman and CEO. Moreover, sustainability targets aligned with the materiality topics were specified in the mid-term management plan and approved by the Managing Board.