Takeda’s internal auditors assess, report and provide recommendations for improvements on the Takeda Group governance, risk management and internal control processes of all the company’s domestic and international entities. This is a crucial part of improving business operations and keeping the organization healthy.
The values that guide us in auditing
As a company with a presence in approximately 80 countries and regions, we must serve the needs of patients worldwide while also ensuring that everything we do adheres to the company’s values. Of course, on top of this, we must also follow local pharmaceutical laws and regulations. As internal auditors, it’s our job to evaluate this from the auditor's perspective and ensure that this is properly carried out. So you could say that the company’s reputation and trust depends on us.
My area of responsibility covers the audits of all Takeda offices in the Asia–Pacific region. I travel to each country, evaluating effectiveness of controls and helping local entities to improve controls over research, training, social programs they will carry out, and events they will sponsor.
Unfortunately, auditing is not something that those being audited look forward to, so it’s critical that I put in the time and effort to prepare thoroughly and have a good understanding of each local entity’s environment and operations before starting. This way, I can earn their trust and cooperation which will then help make the process as smooth as possible.
To reach the point where those being audited feel happy to speak openly about the core of their business activities, I always keep in mind the four values that comprise our company philosophy of Takeda-ism: integrity, fairness, honesty and perseverance. I think that these are exactly the qualities needed in this role: we must base our actions on integrity and be fair when engaging with others. Honesty is the most crucial element in communicating the audit results to management, and our perseverance enables us to effectively achieve our goals no matter what challenges we face.