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For Immediate Release
Company name: DAIICHI SANKYO COMPANY, LIMITED
Representative: Sunao Manabe, Representative Director, President and COO
(Code no.: 4568, First Section, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
Please address inquiries to Noriaki Ishida, Executive Officer,
Vice President, Corporate Communications Department
Daiichi Sankyo Selected for Silver Class of RobecoSAM Sustainability Award 2018
TOKYO, Japan (February 2, 2018) – Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited (hereafter, Daiichi Sankyo) today announced that it has been selected for the Silver Class of the RobecoSAM*1 Sustainability Award 2018 in the Pharmaceuticals sector. Daiichi Sankyo is the first Japanese company to be selected for a RobecoSAM Sustainability Award medal distinction.
Silver Class distinction is given to all companies within the range of 1 to 5% of the industry’s top performance company’s score. Daiichi Sankyo was recognized within the entire Environmental Dimension, including Climate Strategy. The Company was also recognized for its strong performance in the area of Codes of Business Conduct and Materiality*2 in the Economic Dimension, and Health Outcome Contribution and Occupational Health and Safety and Strategy to Improve Access to Drugs in the Social Dimension.
In 2017, Daiichi Sankyo was also the first Japanese company from the pharmaceutical sector to be listed on the ESG investment*4 index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI)*3 World Index.
Daiichi Sankyo will continue to make every effort to be trusted and supported by our stakeholders by putting into practice our corporate mission, “To contribute to the enrichment of quality of life around the world through the creation of innovative pharmaceuticals, and through the provision of pharmaceuticals addressing diverse medical needs,” while fulfilling our social responsibility as well as aiming to continuously enhance corporate value.
*1: RobecoSAM: Swiss based investment specialist in focused exclusively on sustainability investing. It offers asset management, indices, engagement, voting, impact analysis, sustainability assessments, and benchmarking services. In addition, together with S&P Dow Jones Indices, Inc., RobecoSAM published the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).
*2: Materiality: CSR Issues and Initiatives that the Company needs to prioritize.
*3: Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) : The global indices from S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC of the USA and RobecoSAM AG of Switzerland which assess and select leading, sustainability-driven companies worldwide in terms of environmental, social and governance performances. This is one of the important investment standards for institutional investors who emphasize Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors along with the financial information.
*4: ESG investment: An investment based on criteria that assess a company’s performance from social, ethical and environmental perspectives, in addition to financial analysis.
Silver Class is given to companies whose score is within a range of 1 to 5% of the industry’s top performing company’s score.