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Our Commitment to the Planet

Our Commitment to Environmental Sustainability for a Brighter Future

At Takeda, we know that taking care of patients is about much more than developing life-changing treatments. It’s also about being responsible, ethical and protecting the planet we share.

That’s why ‘Protect our Planet’ is one of the imperatives in our Corporate Philosophy:

Protect our planet

We will harness our unique capabilities to deliver a high standard of environmental leadership that protects our planet’s natural systems and human health.

PRIORITY 1: Minimize the environmental impact of products and services, based on the principles of a circular economy.

PRIORITY 2: Decarbonize our value chain.

PRIORITY 3: Empower our employees to go above and beyond to conserve the world’s natural resources.

This imperative makes sure we’re putting environmental sustainability at the heart of our operations. It serves as a foundation for a sustainable business. 

The pressure on environmental health is an increasing threat to human health. This includes degrading air quality, increasing scarcity of clean water and other natural resources, waning biodiversity, and the impacts of climate change.

Why it matters

As a responsible corporate citizen, we must do everything we can to continually reduce our environmental impact, putting environmental stewardship and resource conservation at the heart of our business operations and practices. Both internal and external stakeholders expect us to set the highest standards in this respect — to care for the environment and to take actions that minimize our environmental impact.

Our vital role

Takeda has actively engaged in environmental stewardship initiatives for almost 50 years. We first established an Environmental Protection Committee in 1970. We continue to lead the way and partner with others to find new and innovative ways to protect our planet..

Our programs and focus areas

Our commitment to environmental sustainability is enshrined in the three commitments that are articulated in our vision – “Discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to Patients, our People and the Planet”.

The Planet Pillar consists of three programs around which our projects, actions and activities are structured – Climate ActionNatural Resource Conservation and Sustainability by Design

Climate Action

Eliminating GHG emissions from our operations and minimizing our carbon footprint across the value chain

Our Climate Action Program has the overarching goal to achieving net-zero carbon emissions. Efforts are structured around local initiatives to reduce the GHG emissions from our own operations. To achieve this, we focus on energy efficiency projects, and g low emission technologies. We are increasing renewable energy sources at our own sites, purchasing renewable energy and verified carbon offsets on a regional basis. We are also engaging with our suppliers to reduce indirect emissions (Scope 3). This will help us meet our challenging targets.

  • By 2025, we commit to reducing GHG emissions in our operations by 40% from FY2016 levels. We will cut Scope 3 emissions by 15% based on FY2018 levels.
  • We are committed to working to achieve net-zero GHG emissions in our operations before 2035. By 2040, we are committed to reaching net-zero for our entire value chain, including currently estimated scope 3 GHG emissions.
  • By 2024, we will help 67% of our suppliers to establish their own science-based emissions targets.
  • We commit to have GHG reduction targets that are aligned with the requirements of The Science Based Target initiative (SBTi), to make sure our efforts correspond to the latest climate science.

Natural Resource Conservation

Minimizing environmental impacts of our operations and conserving natural resources (water stewardship, responsible waste management, biodiversity)

The Natural Resource Conservation Program aims to minimize our impact on the natural world. Our efforts are structured around workstreams on water and waste stewardship (pollution prevention, resource efficiency), reducing impacts to biodiversity and minimizing air emissions.

  • By FY2030, we aim to achieve zero waste-to-landfill status for all major locations. We have already achieved zero waste-to-landfill status in multiple commercial sites and facilities, including Japan
  • By FY2025, we’re committed to reducing our water withdrawal by 5% from a FY2019 baseline

Sustainability by Design

Designing products and services to minimize their environmental impact through their life cycle

Our Sustainability by Design program aims to minimize our environmental footprint by incorporating sustainability principles during every stage of product development. The activities involve R&D, Drug Products & Processing and Packaging and Devices. They are designed to minimize the environmental impact of all future products throughout their life cycle.

  • By FY2025, at least 50% of paper and fiberboard in secondary and tertiary product packaging by weight will be either recycled content or forest stewardship certified