In recent years, there has been a growing concern for various environmental issues, such as preserving biodiversity. These issues force people to reevaluate their interests in a number of wide-ranging and complex areas, thus increasing the role that corporations must play in addressing these issues. Of these issues, we believe that addressing the need to preserve and restore the natural environment is of particular importance for corporations. Therefore, KAKEN will continue to exercise our corporate philosophy by promoting environmental preservation and working to be a good corporate citizen with the aim of creating a society that is full of healthy, smiling faces.
In 1983, KAKEN established Environmental Measures Committees at each of its operational sites. These committees were assigned the task of addressing the need to (i) preserve the natural environment, (ii) improve people's health and living environments, and (iii) reduce pollution.
Further, in 2004, we developed the Kaken Basic Environmental Philosophy and the Basic Environmental Policies. In April 2009, the Environmental Measures Committees were transformed into Environmental Measures Task Forces. These task forces work in cooperation with the Environmental Committee to advance Companywide environmental preservation measures. Additionally, KAKEN have taken several steps to reinforce our environmental management activities, including acquiring ISO 14001 certification for our Shizuoka Factory in August 2001.
Looking ahead, KAKEN will continue to actively engage in environmental management and social contribution activities at its headquarters, factory, research centers and sales and other branches, while developing a more complete and aggressive approach toward environmental issues. At the same time, we will work to reduce the environmental impact of KAKEN's operations.
As a pharmaceutical company which endeavors to improve the quality of life of patients through supplying superior pharmaceuticals, KAKEN shall recognize its social responsibility and work on conservation, maintenance and enhancement of the global environment in all aspects of its business activities.