CDP: Rated “A-” in Climate Change Category and ” A” (Highest Evaluation) in Water Security Category

 CDP: Rated “A-” in Climate Change Category and ” A” (Highest Evaluation) in Water Security Category

In the Climate Change Report 2019 of CDP*1, an international NPO promoting environmental information disclosure, Shionogi was rated “A-” in recognition of its excellent efforts for fighting climate change and related information disclosure. In CDP Water Security 2019, Shionogi was rated "A" (the highest evaluation) in recognition of its significant contribution to sustainable water management through initiatives regarding water resources and water risk management and related information disclosure.
We believe that CDP’s favorable evaluation has resulted from our dedicated efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect water resources, mitigate flooding risks, and adequately manage wastewater within the framework of our AMR management, intended to reduce antimicrobials release into the environment not only from Shionogi’s but also the suppliers’ operations.

*1: What is CDP?

CDP is a non-profit organization whose main activities involve requesting corporations and municipalities to disclose information on their actions for climate change control, water resources protection, forest conservation, and other environmental issues, based on the request of institutional investors and major corporate clients particularly interested in environmental issues. Such information disclosure is expected to further prompt actions for the environment by the entities concerned.

For more detailed information, visit the CDP website:

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Endorsing the Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren(Japan Business Federation) and Action Policy

Endorsing the Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren(Japan Business Federation) and Action Policy

Shionogi endorses the “Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren and Action Policy”.Shionogi thus publishes its ambitious action policies for and specific activities on biodiversity as part of the “Initiative based on the Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren”.

Initiative based on the Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren:


Strategies for the reuse and recycling of plastic waste

Strategies for the reuse and recycling of plastic waste

The problem of marine plastic waste has been growing in urgency. At the G20 Summit held in Osaka in June 2019, the governments agreed on the goal of reducing additional plastic inflow to the ocean and to completely eliminate it by the year 2050. A report by the World Economic Forum stated that by 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish.


At the Shionogi Group, we have been making active efforts to reduce negative environmental impact related to the products we sell. We have adopted measures to reduce the actual volumes of containers and packaging materials while switching to materials made of mor e environmentally responsible components. Specifically, we have been promoting a switch to carbon-neutral biomass plastic and the use of reused plastic of assured quality, always in consideration of product quality and stable supply.

3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) initiative concerning containers and packaging materials

By FY 2019, we completed the measures summarized in the table below.

For “Reduce,” the volume of plastic we used dropped by 3.2 tons in FY 2019.


Initiatives by Shionogi Healthcare Co., Ltd.

In FY 2019, Shionogi Healthcare Co., Ltd. began reviewing and modifying the materials used for the delivery of goods in mail order business. Through a thorough switch from plastic to paper, we have become even more environment-friendly. This also frees customers from the chore of separating the packaging materials into different types for reuse and recycling.

Biomass bottles

In 2020, we adopted the use of biomass bottles ( plant-derived polyethylene bottles) for the new product Cinal EX Pro chewable tablets.

We have already been using biomass bottles f or Cymbalta, Irbetan, and Pirespa. Biomass bottles are packaging containers made of polyethylene derived from materials left over in sugarcane processing. By switching from conventional petroleum-derived polyethylene bottles to biomass bottles, we can reduce CO2 emissions, also conserving fossil fuel resources (6.9 tons-CO2 reduced in FY 2019).

Since our biomass bottles are more than 90% made of sugar cane-derived polyethylene, they conform to the standards established by the Japan BioPlastics Association for biomass plastic identification labeling (the corresponding product containers bear the label).

We are currently conducting a technical study to expand the use of biomass polyethylene to other product containers.


Biomass plastic identification labeling

Biomass plastic products are those that contain organic (such as plant-derived) materials in excess of a specified percentage as their plastic component. The Japan BioPlastics Association certifies products that meet the criteria and permits them to bear the label.

Mechanically recycled PET film

Shionogi uses mechanically recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) film in the packaging (aluminum bags) of Intuniv.

Mechanically recycled PET film derives from used PET bottles that undergo several steps: selection, crushing, cleansing, and high-temperature decompression.

The replacement of virgin PET film in the outermost layer of the aluminum bags with mechanically recycled PET film results in reduced CO2 emissions and fossil fuel conservation while maintaining the quality of the packaged products (90kg-CO2 reduced in FY 2019).