Information Disclosure Based on the TCFD Recommendation


In October 2019, we announced our support for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations. In line with these recommendations, we will assess and manage risks and opportunities related to climate change, and disclose information in an appropriate manner.


Governance, Strategy, Risk and Opportunity Management, Indicators and Targets


We recognize the preservation of the global environment as one of our key management issues (materiality). In response to this, and in order to achieve the medium- to long-term environmental targets based on our Medium- to Long-Term Environment Vision, ECO VISION 2050, ONO’s Representative Director, President & COO has been appointed as the Chief Environmental Management Officer, and the Representative Director, Executive Vice President has been appointed as the Executive Director in Charge of the Environment.

Organization/Conference Body Role in Protecting the Global Environment
Board of Directors Receives quarterly reports from the Environment Management Committee on risks and opportunities related to global environmental preservation and the progress of initiatives, and oversees how operations are being executed.
Sustainability Strategy Committee The Director in charge of the environment chairs the committee, which is attended by the President & COO, Executive Directors, Corporate Auditors and Senior Directors of the head office determined by the chair, to discuss important matters concerning the sustainability strategy, including global environmental preservation initiatives. This committee convenes twice a year.
Sustainability Promotion Committee This committee, which convenes six times a year and whose members include the general managers of each business division, discusses initiatives to address company-wide sustainability issues, including environmental challenges, and makes proposals and reports to the Sustainability Strategy Committee.
Environment Management Committee
This committee meets four times a year to manage and promote efforts to address environmental issues at each site, including research institutes and manufacturing plants. The Environmental Committee reports its findings to the Sustainability Promotion Committee and to the Board of Directors.
TCFD Working Group (WG) The CSR Promotion Office within the Sustainability Promotion Department serves as a secretariat, with the heads of relevant internal departments as its members, that analyzes and identifies risks and opportunities that present themselves due to climate change, and manages the progress of response measures in cooperation with the Risk Management Committee.
Risk Management Committee Develops and establishes a risk management system for all corporate activities and promotes company-wide risk management activities based on the Risk Management Global Policy.

The Board of Directors received reports on progress toward ONO’s environmental targets, as well as details on risks and opportunities identified in the TCFD and TNFD, and oversees overall efforts concerning the preservation of the global environment.

—Analysis and evaluation of risks and opportunities related to climate change—

In FY2019, we began identifying risks and opportunities that presented themselves due to climate change based on the TCFD recommendations, evaluating their financial impact, and considering how we will respond to them. Since then, we have conducted annual reviews on the status of our response and the financial impact that resulted from those actions. In FY2023, we conducted reassessments such as risk and opportunity analyses to reflect our sustainable management policy and revised medium- and long-term environmental targets.

Selection of Climate Change Scenarios & Worldview Under Such Scenarios

The 1.5℃ scenario (RCP2.6, IEA NZE 2050 and IEA SDS) toward realizing a low-carbon society and the 4℃ scenario (RCP8.5) that predicts further global warming were selected for analysis and evaluation. IEA STEPS scenarios, etc., were also referred to when information was lacking.

1.5℃ Scenario 4℃ Scenario
Strict laws and regulations regarding climate change countermeasures are enforced and carbon taxes are introduced around the world. At the same time, technological innovations related to energy-conservation promotion and renewable energy also progress. Companies invest more resources in regulatory compliance and climate change countermeasures, and global greenhouse gas emissions are curbed to a certain degree.
The impact global warming has on our health will be minimal, as rises in temperature are controlled, and the number of natural disasters will not increase significantly from current levels. Investors and other stakeholders place importance on climate change countermeasures and global environmental protection.
Temperatures continue to rise as climate change laws and regulations remain the same as they are now. Although the impact experienced by companies from responding to laws and regulations is minimal, it will become more difficult to use inexpensive, high-quality natural capital. Natural disasters such as torrential rains, typhoons, floods, and water shortages will become more frequent and severe as a result of global warming. In addition, health hazards such as infectious diseases, respiratory diseases, and heat stroke will also become more prevalent.
Scope of Risk & Opportunity Analysis

This scope of analysis covers all stages of our core pharmaceutical business, including research, development, procurement, production, distribution, sales, use, and disposal, and includes our company’s factories, contract manufacturers and suppliers in Japan and overseas, as well as a wide range of stakeholders such as investors, customers, and employees (including recruited human resources).

Duration of Analysis

The analysis was divided into three periods: short term (up to 3 years), medium term (3-10 years), and long term (10-30 years).

Impact on Business

The impact on business is evaluated comprehensively on a scale of Large, Medium, and Small, taking into account the amount and probability of occurrence (Large: Impacts the sustainability of business activities; Medium: Impacts some business activities; Small: Virtually no impact).


A list was created based on physical risks (acute and chronic), transitional risks (regulations and laws, market, technology, reputation) and opportunities (resource efficiency, energy, products and services, market, resilience) that apply to pharmaceutical companies, as well as the results of internal interviews. From this list, we narrowed down items that were highly relevant to our company through qualitative assessments and proceeded to conduct risk and opportunity analyses.
The financial impact was calculated based on the assumption that the company's manufacturing volume and energy consumption will increase in line with business growth by FY2035, the target year for achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions under our new medium- to long-term environmental goals.

Reference Materials & Tools (Excerpts)
  • World Energy Outlook 2023 (published by the International Energy Agency IEA), public information released by various ministries and agencies, flood control economic research manuals, and public information released by JPEX and the Renewable Energy Institute.
  • Aqueduct Water Risk ATLAS (a map showing water risks around the world, published by the World Resources Institute [(WRI]), hazard maps from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and local governments, and A-Plat (a climate change adaptation information platform operated by the National Institute for Environmental Studies).

Risks related to climate change

The risks related to climate change, their impact on our business, and our response to them are as follows:

TCFD Risk Categories Duration Impact on Business Main Countermeasures
1.5℃ 4℃
Policy, Law & Regulation Increased tax burden due to introduction of carbon tax Medium and long term Small
(around 800 million yen)
  1. Implement energy conservation measures and conduct renewable energy procurement
Restrictions on the use of vehicles used by sales staff due to emission regulations Medium term Small
(around 400 million yen)
  1. Transition to environmentally friendly vehicles (HVs, EVs, etc.)
Climate change countermeasure costs are carried over to procurement costs Medium and long term Small
(around 200 million yen impact of carbon tax)
  1. Work with business partners to reduce Scope 3 emissions
Lost opportunities due to delays in complying with national and regional laws and emission regulations Medium and long term Moderate -
  1. Understand regulatory trends in each country
  2. Determine strategies and implement responses that reflect regulatory trends
Technology Increased investment costs to fight climate change Short, medium, and long term Small
(around 900 million yen)
  1. Promote energy conservation through operational improvements, etc.
  2. Utilize environment-related subsidies
Market Difficulty in procuring renewable energy due to intensifying competition for demand Medium term Moderate -
  1. Expand methods for procuring renewable energy such as introducing PPA
  2. Make policy recommendations by participation in RE100 and other initiatives
Reputation Decrease in corporate value due to failure to meet environmental targets Short, medium, and long term Moderate -
  1. Promote measures to achieve medium- and long-term environmental targets
  2. Appropriately disclose information
Physical Risks (Acute) Temporary suspension of operations due to natural disasters (torrential rains, floods, typhoons, etc.) Medium and long term - Large
(up to 10 billion yen)
  1. Thoroughly implement BCP measures
    (secure sufficient inventory of APIs and products, establish a multiple-supplier system)
  2. Continue to identify natural disaster risks in the business partner selection process
Physical Risks (Chronic) Impact on production due to water shortage
Since the company does not have its own factories or API manufacturing contractors for its main products in areas with a high risk of water shortages, it is unlikely that there will be any disruption in the company’s operations at this time.
Medium and long term - Small
  1. Identify water shortage risks in the business partner selection process
  2. Secure sufficient inventory of APIs and products
Increase in operating costs for air conditioning equipment, etc., due to rising temperatures Medium and long term - Small
  1. Promote energy conservation measures such as operational improvements and capital investments

We did not identify any climate-related risks from the results of these scenario analyses that would require us to overhaul our business and investments. However, we recognize the importance of continuing to analyze risks such as the impact natural disasters have on our manufacturing sites and procured products, as well as laws and regulations in each country and region. In particular, we view the physical risk of the 4℃ scenario, "natural disasters (torrential rains, typhoons, floods)," as a potential risk that could affect the stable supply of high-quality pharmaceutical products. Moving forward, we will continue to promote BCP measures, including securing sufficient inventories and providing support to multiple production and procurement hubs.

Opportunities related to climate change

The opportunities related to climate change, their impact on our business, and our response to them are as follows:

TCFD Opportunity Categories Duration Impact on Business Main Countermeasures
1.5℃ 4℃
Resource Efficiency Cost savings through efficient use of electricity Medium and long term Small Small
  1. Promote energy conservation measures such as improving operations and making capital investments
  2. Save resources by adopting highly efficient production processes such as continuous production methods
  3. Promote drug discovery technologies that take into account the concept of green and sustainable chemistry
  4. Improve the efficiency of distribution processes such as joint transportation
Market Utilization of subsidies for energy conservation and renewable energy Short, medium, and long term Small
(up to 500 million yen)
  1. Closely monitor policy trends and actively utilize subsidies
Our Business Development of new products and services for new health hazards Long term - Large
  1. Utilize open innovation
Reputation Enhancing corporate value through advanced measures against climate change
(Differentiation from other companies, hiring and retention of employees)
Short, medium, and long term Moderate -
  1. Actively promote energy conservation/renewable energy measures and appropriately disclose information

Climate change has increased concerns over health hazards such as infectious diseases, respiratory diseases, and heat stroke. We are committed to contributing to society through the creation of ethical drugs (innovative new drugs), and we will take full advantage of the opportunities presented to us by the discovery of treatments for such diseases. By providing innovative new drugs, we will not only contribute to patients and their families, but also work toward realizing a circular carbon society so that people can live healthy and sound lives.

Risk and opportunity management

The identified risks and opportunities, as well as their corresponding countermeasures and the progress of measures to promote those opportunities are all managed by the TCFD-WG, which is headed by the Director in charge of environmental affairs and includes members responsible for each function within the company, and by the cross-functional Environmental Committee, which manages and promotes environmental issues at each factory, laboratory, etc. The Board of Directors supervises the status of management through the environmental management system described in the Governance section above. In addition, climate change-related risks are shared with the Risk Management Committee, and risks that may affect business continuity are managed as company-wide risks based on ONO’s Risk Management Global Policy.
(For risk management system, please click here.)

The progress of countermeasures and changes in financial impact caused by such progress will be reviewed annually by the TCFD-WG and the Environmental Committee, and a review of risk/opportunity analysis and assessment will be conducted once every few years in conjunction with the formulation of medium-term management plans and revisions to environment-related policies and targets.

Indicators and targets

In an effort to enhance and accelerate our efforts to address various global environmental issues, we are promoting activities based on the revised targets from 2023.
Please click here to learn more about our plans and progress.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions
(Scope 1+2)
Achieve carbon neutrality by FY2025 (virtually zero greenhouse gas emissions by offsetting with voluntary carbon credits)
Achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by FY2035
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
(Scope 3)
Reduce by 30% by FY2030
Reduce by 60% by FY2050
  1. Base year: FY2017
Renewable energy rate in purchased electricity Achieve 100% by FY2025
  1. Coverage: ONO’s operation sites

In addition, we have positioned "preservation of the global environment" as one of our materiality and are promoting it throughout the company. We have introduced "materiality initiatives" and "adoption status in ESG indices" as performance evaluation indicators for performance-linked stock renumeration for Members of the Board of Directors (excluding outside directors) and executive officers to promote sustainability management, including environmental management.

Dialogues with stakeholders

In order to encourage the appropriate disclosure of information based on the TCFD recommendations and to help promote measures against climate change in society as a whole, we make a point of collaborating with industry associations and the government, and of holding discussions with stakeholders. As part of this effort, we participate in the TCFD Consortium, which is a forum for companies and financial institutions that support the TCFD recommendations to discuss effective corporate information disclosure and appropriate initiatives. 
We also participate in industry associations and various initiatives that promote global environmental conservation efforts. Membership in and withdrawal from initiatives and other groups, as well as policy recommendations made through initiatives, are discussed by the Environmental Committee to determine whether they are in line with our policies, and are then overseen by the Board of Directors through the system described under “Governance,” above.  In addition, we attend the discussions for policy recommendations in the RE100, of which we are a member. (For more information on environment-related initiatives and industry association activities, please click here.)