Relationship with SDGs
Since it was established, the Nihon Chouzai Group has provided safe, high-quality healthcare services through strong teamwork and clear sharing of roles between physicians and pharmacists in keeping with their respective areas of specialization, as part of efforts to achieve a separation of drug prescribing and dispensing. We have long considered it our social responsibility to control increases in healthcare costs, including efforts to reduce economic impact on patients. At the same time, the Group has expanded its business operations to include the manufacturing and sales of pharmaceuticals, the staffing and placement of medical professionals, and providing information and consultations, growing as a company that contributes to healthcare on various levels, with a particular focus on the Dispensing Pharmacy Business. In all of our business activities, we take human rights and environmental protection into account throughout the entire supply chain.
The Nihon Chouzai Group’s business activities are broadly related to all 17 SDGs, but demonstrate the greatest affinity with the following four goals in particular. Through our business activities, we will strive to contribute to the development of society, and to appropriately disclose and continuously evaluate information, in order to further contribute to achieving these goals.
Good health and well-being
We promote activities aimed at increasing healthcare quality and accessibility; for example, contributing to controlling increases in healthcare costs by strengthening and expanding pharmacy functions (e.g., expanding bases that support health, even at the pre-symptomatic and prevention levels, and accommodating advanced healthcare and regional healthcare), operating pharmacies where customers across Japan can enjoy high-quality healthcare services as part of a regional healthcare and social welfare infrastructure, and by promoting the use of generic pharmaceuticals and utilizing healthcare big data.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact throughout the world. SDG Target 3.3 is described as “ending epidemics and combatting communicable diseases.” Responding to the crisis brought about by the pandemic is part of the Nihon Chouzai Group’s mission. As such, our in-house pharmacists assist in vaccinations at public vaccination venues, and we introduce doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
As part of efforts to accomplish Target 3.8, “Achieving universal health coverage,” we will adopt an approach to health and social welfare for all people, in every aspect of the Nihon Chouzai Group’s business.
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●Operating Dispensing Pharmacies that provide quality healthcare services
●Health Check Stations that support healthy lifestyles
●Manufacturing and sales of generic pharmaceuticals
●Staffing and placement of medical professionals
●Use of healthcare big data
It has become necessary not only to collaborate with regional medical institutions, but also to accommodate advanced healthcare through collaborations with specialized medical institutions, and to ensure safe, high-quality healthcare services for patients. In this backdrop, pharmacists, who are central to the Nihon Chouzai Group’s business, are expected to take on increasingly advanced and diverse roles.
Just as in the case of employees other than pharmacists, we consider manpower to be an important management resource, and continue to pursue the continuous growth of the company by maintaining evaluation and training systems that promote the growth of those employees.
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Decent work and economic growth
When we think about increasing corporate value in the medium to long term, we must necessarily consider the concept of "human capital." We will work to secure manpower who can support the company’s growth, and build an environment where all employees can be active and demonstrate their own unique value, regardless of age or disability. Promoting active participation by women in the workplace is a key item for the Nihon Chouzai Group, where women account for more than 70% of employees, so we are putting in place various systems and initiatives to support women in finding a balance between work and home life, for example through a system of shortened work hours for parents with small children. We also continue our efforts in the staffing and placement of medical professionals in appropriate positions according to their skills, and in the creation of employment opportunities.
We will also support healthy workstyles by promoting the nationwide rollout of the industrial physician business, and by supporting labor hygiene management with a particular focus on health management, including mental health.
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Industry, innovation and infrastructure
SDG Target 9.1 refers to the importance of “sustainable and resilient infrastructure.” The pharmaceutical dispensing systems developed by the Nihon Chouzai Group have been constructed as original infrastructures that accommodate online environments and incorporate strict security structures. Okusuri Techo Plus, an electronic medication notebook system that has been in operation since 2014, supports health management and the effective use of time for patients. In September 2020, we began providing the Nihon Chouzai Online Pharmacy Service, through which users can enjoy seamless services from drug administration guidance to home deliveries. By promoting a shift to online healthcare processes, it has become possible to provide patients with “smart healthcare.”
We are confident that this will contribute to achieving Target 8.2 in SDG 8: “Higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation.”
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