Astellas Climbs 34 Spots in Newsweek's World Green Rankings
Astellas was recognized for its unwavering commitment to the environment in Newsweek's annual 2015 Green Rankings. Of the top 500 global companies named, Astellas placed No. 177, moving up 34 spots from last year's ranking. The Newsweek Green Rankings are one of the world's foremost corporate environmental ranking programs, which assess the largest publicly-traded companies globally on environmental footprint measures and sustainability communications.
"Astellas is committed to fulfilling its corporate social and environmental responsibilities by taking into account the needs and challenges of both present and future generations," said Jeff Winton, senior vice president and chief communications officer, Corporate Affairs at Astellas. "This ranking is a reflection of Astellas' ongoing commitment to sustainability."
Astellas is also listed on both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Asia Pacific and the FTSE4Good Index, two of the most recognized sustainability indexes worldwide. Since fiscal year 2005, Astellas has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 26.5 percent and reduced its water usage by 65 percent globally. In the U.S., the Company is taking continuous steps to reduce its impact on the environment including:
- Implementing programs that resulted in a reduction of 832,126 kWh of energy use, which is equivalent to planting more than 241 acres of trees or removing more than 115 cars from the roads.
- Identifying measures to improve the energy efficiency of the LEED Gold-certified Astellas facility in Northbrook, Illinois that reduced electricity use by 4.5 percent and cut natural gas consumption by 40 percent.
- Donating and planting 300 trees for the National Reforestation Program through a partnership between Agensys, an Astellas affiliate located in a LEED Silver-certified building based in Santa Monica, Calif., and a laboratory equipment supplier.
- Eliminating the sale of plastic bottled water at the Northbrook facility and expanded its recycling program to include plastic bags, batteries, expired electronics and compostable materials, which diverts an average of 40 percent of waste monthly from landfills.