Contribution to SDGs Through Business Activities

Shimadzu Contribution Thus Far and SDGs

Even before the SDGs were adopted, Shimadzu has been facing societal challenges head-on and has been directly and indirectly involved in solving those challenges through our business activities, based on our corporate philosophy "Contributing to Society through Science and Technology."
However, given that the SDGs specify goals and targets in specific terms, we have been making the relationship between our measures thus far and solving societal challenges more apparent.
Doing so has revealed just how many of our businesses are related to societal challenges and involved in solving them, which reconfirms that the direction of our businesses thus far has been consistent with society.

Map of Contribution to SDGs by Businesses

Main SDG Goals to Which
Businesses Contribute

  • Note: SDGs 16 and 17 are excluded because they apply to overall sustainable development.

Results from SDG Target-Level Measures




Shimadzu Measures Thus Far(Examples)

3.2 By 2030, end preventable deaths of
newborns and children under 5 years of
age, with all countries aiming to reduce
neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12
per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality
to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births

  • Contribute to early diagnosis of congenital abnormalities and disease in newborns.
  • Supply diagnostic equipment for newborns.

3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature
mortality from non-communicable diseases
through prevention and treatment and
promote mental health and well-being

  • Improve the accuracy of diagnosing cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and so on and provide treatment support.
  • Provide support for therapeutic drug development.
  • Metabolite analysis for preventive medicine
  • Support the development of functionally-enhanced foods.

3.5 Strengthen the prevention and treatment
of substance abuse, including narcotic drug
abuse and harmful use of alcohol

  • Provide support for drug abuse prevention and treatment

3.6 By 2020, halve the number of global deaths
and injuries from road traffic accidents

  • Provide support for developing self-driving vehicles (millimeter-wave radar film deposition systems used in automotive frontal impact avoidance systems).

3.9 By 2030, substantially reduce the number
of deaths and illnesses from hazardous
chemicals and air, water and soil pollution
and contamination

  • Detect hazardous chemicals in food and the environment.

6.3 By 2030, improve water quality by reducing
pollution, eliminating dumping and
minimizing release of hazardous chemicals
and materials, halving the proportion of
untreated wastewater and substantially
increasing recycling and safe reuse globally

  • Measure and monitor environmental pollutants and endocrine disruptors in water, air, and soil.
  • Manage wastewater (devices to monitor metal impurities in cleaning processes, such as during semiconductor manufacturing).

7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of
improvement in energy efficiency

  • Support development of efficient power generation using renewable energies.
  • Support developing new materials for weight reduction of transport equipment.
  • Support activities to reduce energy usage (engine monitor used for developing improved fuels and lower emissions).

11.4 Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard
the world's cultural and natural heritage

  • Analyze chemical components and observe the interior of objects to preserve cultural assets.

11.6 By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita
environmental impact of cities, including by
paying special attention to air quality and
municipal and other waste management

  • Measure and monitor for environmental conservation and regulatory compliance.
  • Supply systems for measuring substances subject to RoHS Directive.
  • Support development of new environmentally-friendly materials.
  • Support new energy development. (Support development, quality control,and evaluation of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries,fuel cells, etc.)
  • Support development of new materials.

12.4 By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound
management of chemicals and all wastes
throughout their life cycle, in accordance with
agreed international frameworks, and
significantly reduce their release to air, water
and soil in order to minimize their adverse
impacts on human health and the environment

  • Measure and monitor environmental pollutants and endocrine disruptors in water, air, and soil.
  • Comply with RoHS regulations for all parts and materials used in products.
  • Develop Eco-Products Plus. (Reduce consumables, reduce size, exclude hazardous substances, etc.)

8.7 Take immediate and effective measures to
eradicate forced labour, end modern
slavery and human trafficking and secure
the prohibition and elimination of the
worst forms of child labour, including
recruitment and use of child soldiers, and
by 2025 end child labour in all its forms

  • Statement on the UK Modern Slavery Act
  • Measures against conflict minerals
  • Practice CSR activities throughout supply chain.

Creating Shared Value by Treating SDGs as Business Opportunities
from an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Perspective

In addition to considering how SDGs relate to our businesses, we also considered how SDGs affect the way we manage our businesses throughout the entire value chain, so that we treat SDGs as important business opportunities for future business operations. We believe doing so will clarify which challenges should be prioritized in the future.
Since SDGs involving challenges of a global scale can also be considered challenges for Shimadzu's business areas of "human health," "safety and security of society," and "industrial development," we believe that providing innovative and useful solutions for such challenges will also result in expanded business.
On the other hand, they can have more than a slight negative effect on the value chain. However, even in the case of such challenges, we think such negatives can be changed to positives by considering ways to create a sustainable society, such as by improving quality, improving operability, or increasing brand strength.

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