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2020 Sustainability Report

About this report

The 2020 Sustainability Report has been prepared according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Core Option and aligns with the United Nations Global Compact. Indexes for both are included in the Appendix. We also use internationally recognized guidelines and frameworks, such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to inform our reporting. As a values-based R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader, our biggest contribution is toward Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

The Report includes the operations of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and consolidated subsidiaries of Takeda. The reporting period covers FY2019 (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020). Some FY2020 activities are included. Selected performance indicators in the report have been assured by KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd. See page 100 for the independent assurance report. We welcome your comments and questions about our sustainability activities at sustainablevalue@takeda.com.


At Takeda, we are committed to creating value for society by putting our core strengths and capabilities to work to help solve key societal challenges by addressing unmet medical needs, supporting sustainable health care systems, by mitigating climate change and striving to create a diverse and inclusive organization where people can thrive. With our purpose, vision and values as a foundation — and through the collective efforts of each and every one of our approximately 50,000 employees — we call this approach purpose-led sustainability.

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Our Commitment to the Patient

Our purpose of Better health for people, brighter future for the world has taken on new significance during the COVID-19 pandemic. With health care systems stressed and attention focused on stemming the spread of the virus, community well-being and personal health have become inextricably linked. While pivoting to address COVID-19, Takeda remains steadfast in our commitment to prioritize patients worldwide — especially those most in need — through uninterrupted access to medicines

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Our Commitment to People

People join Takeda because they share our purpose of bringing Better health for people, brighter future for the world. To continuously bring our purpose to life, we must attract, develop and retain diverse people who are the best at what they do. Our colleagues, in about 80 countries around the world, expect and deserve exceptional experiences and opportunities to pursue their own ambitions. An inclusive, safe and empowering work environment, rooted in our commitment to health and well-being, is critical for our colleagues to thrive, grow and share in realizing Takeda’s vision.

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Our Commitment to the Planet

Today, pressure on environmental health, as evidenced by degrading air quality, increasing scarcity of clean water and other natural resources, waning biodiversity and impacts of climate change, increasingly poses threats to human health. As a responsible corporate citizen, we have to do our part to continually reduce our environmental footprint and fulfill our purpose of Better health for people, brighter future for the world.

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Governance & Fundamentals of Responsible Business

Just as we do with our business activities, we aim to create as many positive impacts as possible in our sustainability efforts. This requires a disciplined approach in choosing which initiatives to take on and making sure they are carried out effectively.

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