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Response to climate change and water risk
Having defined one of the Fourth Medium-term Environmental Management Policy as to manage external risks that have the potential to force us to make changes to business operations, such as climate change and water risks, we strive to maintain an understanding of climate change and water risks and implement measures for addressing these risks.
Climate Change Risks
Evaluations of climate change risks at plants and R&D centers are conducted to identify, analyze, and evaluate the potential climate change risks presented by our business.
To reduce such risks, Daiichi Sankyo Europe GmbH has introduced the My Mobility project. Through this project, employees access the dedicated Mobility Portal website to propose eco-friendly means of transportation, such as utilizing electric vehicles for private or work purposes, using public transportation, or riding bicycles. The project thereby helps promote eco-friendly commuting, which contributes to efforts to combat climate change.
In addition, Daiichi Sankyo is examining the possibility of introducing an internal carbon pricing*1 scheme in light of the possible introduction of a carbon tax. In fiscal 2017, we began evaluating and verifying the potential scheme in relation to certain capital expenditures.
- *1 Act of companies voluntarily setting carbon prices based on potential carbon taxes or emissions exchange systems
We believe that ample availability of good-quality fresh water is essential both for all the production and business sites of the Group and for the overall value chains in which the Group is involved.
Water risks, which may include physical, regulatory, and reputational risks, are attracting global attention. The Daiichi Sankyo Group needs to take careful note of these risks in maintaining and continuing its operations.
We carry out comprehensive risk evaluations based on the results of analysis of local water risks using the WWF-DEG Water Risk Filter and the survey results on water risks due to plants and research facilities.
The evaluations indicate that the business facilities with the highest water risks among our group are two plants in China, one in Brazil, and one research facility in India. The strengthening of water withdrawal restrictions and other regulations is considered to be major risk factors. These plants are watching regulatory developments and promoting appropriate usage of water.