Sustainability

Environment

Basic Approach

Based on its Environmental Policy, the H.U. Group recognizes that addressing the deepening problems.

Environmental Policy

The H.U. Group recognizes the connection between diverse business characteristics and the environment. We engage in environmental preservation, contributing to a sustainable society.

  1. We strive for environmentally friendly business activities, providing services and products to society that are friendly to both people and the environment.
  2. We engage in energy and resource conservation, the proper control of chemicals, reduced waste, recycling, and protection of water resources, striving to prevent environmental pollution.
  3. We comply with laws, regulations, and agreements on the environment. We also strive for ongoing improvements in our environmental management systems and environmental performance.
  4. We communicate our environmental policies and other environmental initiatives to employees and all others involved in our business activities. We also disclose these policies and initiatives externally.

Management

We have established an Environment Subcommittee managed by an Executive Officer/division head of General Affairs from H.U. Group Holdings. Further, we have established the Environmental Management System (EMS), and formulate and execute plans for environmental activities in climate change, waste, and other areas. This subcommittee regularly monitors the progress of these activity plans and their results, and strives to act and take corrective action going forward. We have acquired ISO14001(*) certification at our major bases in clinical laboratory testing and in vitro diagnostics businesses, grasping the environmental impact of our business locations and activities and working to reduce environmental burden.

(*)ISO14001:
A standard for environmental management systems (EMS) established by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization). Certification is given to organizations that have built a system conscious of the environment and reducing environmental burden on an ongoing basis.

Environmental Management Promotion System (as of October 2020)

Environmental Management Promotion System

Targets

The H.U. Group has set "H.U. Group Long-Term Environmental Goals" for reducing CO2 emissions and improving its plastic recycling rate looking ahead to 2030 based on the two-degree scenario advanced by initiatives such as the Paris Agreement, as well as on the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision. Given these, we formulated a company-wide CSR Roadmap in 2020 with targets for the three years immediately ahead and disclosed this externally.

Long-Term Environmental Goals

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Environmental CSR Roadmap (Three-year Targets)

KPI Performance*1 Forecast 2019 Targets
Major Category Subcategory Item Unit 2016 2017 2018 Target Actual 2020 2021 2022
Climate change CO2 reduction Total of Scopes 1 & 2 emissions
(sales intensity basis)
(t-CO2 100 million yen) 25 23 21 21*2 19.9 20 22 22
(Reference) Achievement status for long-term targets (-20%) (%) - 0 9.8 11 14.6 16 7 7
Marine plastic waste
(Formation of a recycling-oriented society)
Circular, effective use of resources Total recycling rate of waste plastic (%)
(Recycled amount / total amount)
- 66.0 67.6 70 71.4 72 74 76
CDP score Climate - Rank F F F D C C B- B

*1:
Aggregated the results of the three major companies in FY 2016, six domestic companies subject to internal control from 2017.
*2:
Final target value (sales intensity basis) with target value set to 1% reduction vs. FY2018 results (21)

Initiatives

EMS

The H.U. Group promotes EMS company-wide under the H.U. Group Environmental Policy. SRL and Fujirebio have established our systems that meet ISO14001 requirements.

Internal Audits

In order to ensure objectivity and independence, General Affairs division at H.U. Group Holdings plays a central role in conducting internal audits by gathering auditors from Group companies.

Status of External Audit Implementation

In order to maintain ISO14001 certification, we utilize an certifying body to conduct external audits. In FY2019, we underwent an audit by TüV SüD Japan.

Status of Environmental Compliance

At present, the H.U. Group has not experienced any serious violations of laws and regulations, nor incidents having a significant impact on the environment.

Please refer to this link for specific data about the above, including the number of audits conducted.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The H.U. Group regards climate change as an important issue, has set Long-Term Environmental Goals, and aims to reduce sales intensity by 20% by 2030 compared to 2017. CO2 is the Group's primary target among all the greenhouse gases, and we are continuously promoting the following energy conservation measures to reduce emissions.

  • Converting to LED lighting in high-emission bases, especially at laboratories
  • Efficiency/automation by reviewing manufacturing processes
  • Optimizing office air conditioning temperature, limiting power use from lighting/office automation equipment
  • Promoting work style reform (reducing meeting times, promoting on-time work departure)
  • Reducing company-owned vehicles through joint logistics
  • Consolidating laboratories, reducing office space in business locations, etc.
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Plastic Countermeasures for a Recycling-Oriented Society

Based on the goal of 100% effective use of plastics by 2035 as seen in the Japanese government's Resource Circulation Strategy for Plastics and the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision, which was shared at the G20 Osaka Summit and aims to eliminate new pollution caused by marine plastic waste by 2050, the H.U. Group is earnestly strengthening its plastic countermeasures as of FY2020 for a recycling-oriented society.

Promotion of Waste Plastic Recycling

We are targeting SRL, which comprises 80% of our total amount of plastic waste, and especially working to tackle waste issues at the Hachioji Laboratory, which accounts for more than half of that. Specifically, we are selecting new vendors for our high recycling/coverage rates and more thoroughly sorting waste within bases. We will expand these activities to resolve issues at the Group's important bases.

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Review of Product Packaging Materials

For products using plastic in our in vitro diagnostics business, we are working to suspend use of plastic materials, reduce the weight volume of plastic parts, and replace conventional plastics with biomass plastics.

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Implementation of Environmental Education

All employees on joining the company are provided general education to inform them about the Group's environmental activities and how its different businesses affect the environment. In FY2019, we have implemented specialized education for acquiring practical knowledge. This education was provided to environmental management system promotion managers and promotion staff set up in each department for business locations under the scope of ISO certification.

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Environmental Communication

The H.U. Group strives for two-way communication with stakeholders through active disclosure of information on environmental management and dialogue with stakeholders.

  • 2018: Selected for the Sompo Japan Green Open Fund (nicknamed Buna no Mori)
  • 2019: Responded to the CDP (*1) (Climate), received a C rank
  • April 2020: Participated in the Japan Climate Initiative (*2)
  • October 2020: Disclosed TCFD (*3) recommended items and risk / opportunity response status
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Response to items for disclosure recommended by the TCFD
TCFD recommended disclosureitems Response status
Governance The organization’s governance around climate-related risks and opportunities • The H.U. Group's CSR Committee, with the CEO as its chair,deliberates on climate change issues and implements CO2 reduction targets and manages progress
• The Executive Officer in charge of General Affairs and division head of General Affairs serves as chair of the Environment Subcommittee.
Based on this subcommittee's decisions, the division promotes measures against climate change
Strategy The actual and potential impacts of climate-related risks and opportunities on the organization’s businesses, strategy, and financial planning • Through the H.U. Group CSR Committee, risks and opportunities(given the two-degree scenario) are identified and impacts are anticipated
Risk Management The processes used by the organization to identify, assess, and manage climate-related risks • At the H.U. Group CSR Committee's Environment Subcommittee, environmental risks, including related risks regarding impact from climate change, are grasped and positioning is managed
Indicators and Targets The metrics and targets used to assess and manage relevant climate-related risks and opportunities • Have set long-term targets based on the two-degree scenario
(reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2030 based FY2017 levels)
Response to risks / opportunities
Risks
Category Scenarios Initiatives
Transition Risks •Changes in legislation ban the use of certain substances and technologies, making it difficult to supply products or requiring expensive alternatives
•Over-investment or under-investment in development of low-carbon products leads to investment or opportunity losses
•Increased energy costs and raw material costs
•Changes in customer environmental awareness cause criticism of the environmental impact of our products and services, causing declining demand
•Dedicated staff in quality assurance-related departments at major sites comply with laws and regulations in various countries
•Product / technology development based on hospital testing laboratory requirements and market / industry trends
•Energy-saving measures, improved equipment efficiency
•Mechanism for utilizing information received from customers for product development and quality improvement
Physical Risks •Difficulty in supplying stable products and services due to natural disasters, localized water shortages, etc.
•Contract testing and production bases are damaged by large-scale natural disasters
•Formulation a business continuity plan (BCP), diversification risks in raw material procurement sources, supply systems, and transportation routes
•Group companies take out non-life insurance to cover loss of property and profits due to water disasters, wind disasters, fires, and other disasters
Opportunities
Category Scenarios Initiatives
Resource Efficiency •Operations are streamlined and optimized by efficient use of methods of transportation, robots, and IoT •Building processes and systems for sample transportation and product distribution
•Introduction of robots in testing and manufacturing
•Provision of remote services and information utilizing IoT
Energy Sources •Reduction of energy cost through conserving energy and improving evaluation by society through shifting to low-carbon energy •Energy-saving measures, improved equipment efficiency
Products and Services •Changes in customer purchasing awareness drive purchase of environmentally friendly products and services
•Changes in long-term disease trends generate new testing opportunities and expand demand for testing
•Environmentally friendly products and services development
•Products and services development that contribute to infectious disease control
Resilience •Improvement of trust from customers through stable supply of products and services in the event of a natural disaster •Construction of product supply systems at multiple bases
•Business partnerships in sample transportation and medical supply transportation
(*1)CDP:
An international NGO working in environmental areas, including climate change, preceded by the Carbon Disclosure Project established in 2000. This organization focuses on collection and disclosure of climate change-related information that is of interest to institutional investors.
(*2)JCI:
A network organization to strengthen information dissemination and exchange of opinions among companies, local governments, NGOs, and other actors that are actively engaged in taking climate action in Japan (as of September 15, 2020, a total of 499 organizations participate in the Initiative)
(*3)TCFD:
By request of the G20, the Financial Stability Board established the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), chaired by Michael Bloomberg, to consider climate-related information and how financial institutions should respond.