The Astellas Group seeks to enhance its enterprise value in a sustainable manner
through its worldwide business activities and to gain the trust of all stakeholders,
including its customers, shareholders, employees, and the global community. To achieve
this, we must not only continuously provide stakeholders with value through our
business activities, but we must also proactively take measures to ensure legal
compliance and corporate accountability and to conserve the environment, based on
our recognition of our corporate social responsibility.
This Charter states the Astellas Group’s business philosophy (raison d’être, mission,
and beliefs) in concrete terms of specific business conduct, and clarifies to our
business partners, customers, and society how we will conduct ourselves in our activities.
Senior management within the member companies of the Astellas Group fully recognize
that they, first and foremost, must assume responsibility for implementing this
Charter in the Group’s actual business activities. Executives shall not only lead
by example, but shall also take necessary action to ensure that all employees are
aware of the Charter and to develop and implement internal systems and training
that will ensure ethical corporate conduct at all times. In the event of a violation
of the principles of this Charter, the company executives shall investigate the
cause of the violation and implement reforms designed to prevent its recurrence.
In addition to the timely disclosure of appropriate information regarding the violation,
responsibility for the violation shall be attributed and disciplinary action taken
including senior management, where necessary.
The member companies of the Astellas Group shall observe both the spirit as well
as the letter of all laws and regulations applying to their activities and conduct
themselves in accordance with the following ten principles based on high ethical
- Providing beneficial products
To fulfill our raison d'être - "Contribute toward improving the health of people
around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical
products" - we shall provide products and services which benefit customers and society.
- Maintaining high ethical standards
We shall ensure that all our relationships with stakeholders are sound and proper
based on high ethical standards.
- Fulfilling disclosure requirements and transparency
We shall disclose relevant corporate information in a timely and appropriate manner
not only to stakeholders, but also to all members of society at large, thereby fulfilling
our obligations regarding corporate accountability.
- Fair and free competition
We shall promote appropriate competitive behavior in our business activities.
- Ensuring sustainable benefits
We shall actively pursue management efficiency to ensure sustainable benefits for
- Promoting employee welfare
We shall respect the universally recognized human rights of our employees as well
as their diversity, individuality, and differences, and provide a safe work environment
and fair treatment for all.
- Respect for different cultures
In the management of our international businesses, we shall not only observe all
applicable laws and regulations, but also respect the culture and customs of other
- Promoting environmental conservation
Recognizing that harmony between the global environment and our business activities
is a prerequisite to our corporate existence, we shall proactively take measures
to conserve the global environment.
- Engaging in philanthropic activities
As good corporate citizens, we shall actively engage in charitable and other activities
to benefit society.
- Selecting ethical business partners
We shall not do business with others who break the law or fail to accept standards
of responsible social behavior.
[Scope of Applicability]
This Charter applies to Astellas Pharma Inc. and all member companies of the Astellas
Group located in Japan or overseas.