Environmental Management System

In the Shionogi Group, a system is in place that allows the Corporate Executive Management Meeting to deliberate on its initiatives for the environment (“E”), health (“H”), and safety (“S”) before the Board of Directors makes final decisions about them. We have appointed the Senior Executive Officer in charge of EHS as a Corporate Officer who supervises overall EHS management in an integrated manner.


The Corporate Officer in Charge of EHS heads the Shionogi Group Companywide EHS Committee, which is comprised of representatives of Shionogi’s respective divisions and Group companies, who are responsible for EHS at the respective organizations. The Companywide EHS Committee sets targets for EHS, identifies future environmental challenges of importance, and conducts management reviews, thereby promoting EHS activities.


In addition, the Energy Conservation Committee, chaired by the Corporate Officer in Charge of EHS and placed under the Shionogi Group Companywide EHS Committee, assumes duties such as setting medium- and long-term targets, managing progress, and assessing the status of legal and regulatory compliance regarding measures for energy conservation and global warming control.

EHS manegement  system

Environmental Management Systems

The Shionogi Group uses environmental management systems established in-house in conformity with ISO 14001. The Shionogi Group’s EHS activities, including risk management, are reviewed as a whole once a year by the Shionogi Group Companywide EHS Committee to verify the efficacy and suitability of its EHS initiatives. Matters that have a major impact on management are deliberated on by the Corporate Executive Management Meeting before final decisions are made by the Board of Directors.


The acquisition status of certification of our management systems is summarized in the table below. We expect new certifications for all plants of Shionogi Pharma Co., Ltd., a manufacturing group company, by FY 2022.

  Settsu Plant Kanegasaki Plant Tokushima Plant
ISO 14001

Acquisition expected

(within FY 2022)

ISO 45001

Acquisition expected

(within FY 2021)



Shionogi conducts audits of each operating site of the Group and its suppliers using multiple approaches to check their EHS promotion status, as shown in the table below.

External audits Conducted by external accreditation organizations to verify that Shionogiʼs ISO 14001- and ISO 45001-certified management systems are operated in conformity with the standards
Internal audits In-house self-inspection required under ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 conducted to confirm system suitability and status of conformity
EHS audits Conducted by the division that supervises the Shionogi Groupʼs EHS initiatives, as directed by the management team, separately from internal audits, to check whether EHS activities at Shionogiʼs operating sites and Group companies are appropriately implemented and maintained in compliance with the management systems while pursing continuous improvement
EHS audits of suppliers
Audits of Shionogiʼs suppliers of raw materials, intermediates, products, etc. conducted in compliance with the PSCI Principles

In addition, as part of AMR Industry Alliance activities, we inspect our antimicrobial release control and management. (⇒ See the AMR section of the “Results” part.)

To enable a more fair and objective CSR assessment, we implement “EcoVadis,” a rating platform for assessing corporate social responsibility and sustainable procurement, and sequentially make an assessment of our business partners in the order of priority. (⇒ See the Supply Chain Management section.)

Emergency Preparedness

Shionogiʼs response to emergencies, including earthquakes, pandemics and corporate scandals, is based on its risk management policy, which places utmost importance on respect for human lives, consideration for and contribution to local communities, and business continuity. Shionogi has emergency response guidelines and manuals also based on the risk management policy.

In anticipation of earthquakes, floods, fires, the leakage of toxic substances, and other eventualities, we have established communication and reporting systems and regularly carry out emergency responsiveness training and review response procedures. In FY 2019, a disaster mitigation drill was conducted at the respective operating sites, following a simulated scenario of an earthquake-triggered fire or tsunami.

Comprehensive disaster prevention drill (Kanegasaki Plant)
Picture of a disaster prevention drill (Kanegasaki Plant)


Shionogi believes it essential that each and every employee be fully aware of the challenges of EHS initiatives in connection with his or her respective work and actively participate in them. Accordingly, Shionogi provides employees with training programs on environment-related subjects, as well as preliminary education for those involved in operations with high environmental impacts, such as the management of waste materials and the handling of chemical substances. At each operating site, personnel are clearly informed of the target and actual figures of CO2 emissions and the quantities of waste materials generated so as to effectively motivate employee involvement.


In FY 2020, e-learning program was organized for the entire body of employees, numbering some 5,000. The program themes and attendance rates are indicated in the table below.

Theme SDGs, ESG investment
Attendance rate 97.0 %
Period Monday, March 1 ‒  Wednesday, March 31, 2021