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We roll out our technology cultivated by the fragrance development, and contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life for people worldwide as well as to the realization of a sustainable society.

Takasago International Corporation,
President and Chief Executive Officer
Satoshi Masumura

We pursue "quality of life for the whole of society" through the development of excellent products.

Aromatics were extremely expensive and very rare ingredients that only particular people could enjoy in an era when the production of flavors and fragrances depended on possessing the natural raw material itself. Nowadays almost everyone can enjoy a wide range of flavors and fragrances because they have been extensively utilized in cosmetics, foods, and other consumer products thanks to the evolution of technology. When our company was founded in 1920, one of our objectives was the domestic production of synthetic aromatics. Since then, we have made efforts to introduce new technologies in a wide variety of fields ranging from organic synthesis, catalysis, and biotechnology for analysis, creation, and preparation, all of which are related to flavors and fragrances. Thereby, as the world's fifth largest flavor and fragrance manufacturer, we provide rich aromas and tastes for beverages and foods, fine fragrances and cosmetics, and other products while also supplying unique functional materials for pharmaceutical intermediates and electronics fields by utilizing our core technology.

The business area of the Takasago Group has expanded in response to the needs of the times and society while our underlying policy has not changed. Our policy is "to pursue the quality life in the whole society via the provision of excellent products," which is based on the corporate philosophy of "Contributing to Society through Technology." I think this concept will remain unchanged regardless of whether the values of the world change, and it will form the essence of sustainability.

To minimize the impact on the manufacturing process environment based on the concept of "Green chemistry".

The raw materials of the flavors and fragrances our company produces include some resources derived from petrochemicals. We develop our products by utilizing recyclable natural resources taking account of biodiversity conservation because some natural resources are at risk of depletion. Moreover, with respect to the raw materials of flavors and fragrances produced using petrochemicals, we are promoting substitution with recyclable raw materials also taking into account non-competitiveness with food resources in order to realize a sustainable society. On the other hand, we are focusing on the development of natural materials by utilizing biotechnology, e.g., microbial fermentation.

At the same time, Takasago Group members in their respective countries and locations are tackling the cultivation and supply of plant materials, participating in the planning stage of the conservation of the ecosystem, analysis and storage of aromatic components of rare species of plants, and others.

In addition, we are reducing the number of production processes and amounts of raw materials used in a wide variety of fields by developing and supplying catalysts. This application of unique catalyst technology in production processes contributes to the resource- and energy-savings of customers. Furthermore, within Takasago a continuous flow reactor was introduced in 2014, resulting in improvements in safety and efficiency in the manufacturing process, as well as reduction of environmental impact. We are promoting the composting of waste materials from manufacturing with plant-derived raw materials, as well as the collection and reuse of solvents in order to reduce emissions.

We are promoting "Green chemistry" by implementing thorough management of chemical synthesis from entrance to exit (of manufacturing), and as a result minimizing the impact on the environment, e.g., ecosystem, atmosphere, water, and soil, aiming to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.

To promote "EHS100" of the CSR management base while aiming to become a global company that is welcomed by the local community.

The Takasago Group announced our "EHS statement" in 2008, which established "Environment," "Health," and "Safety" as the CSR management base. Moreover, we have drawn up intermediate- and long-term plans under "EHS100", which will conclude during Takasago’s 100 year anniversary in 2020. We are tackling this plan by establishing targets every three years in various areas of EHS.

During Phase II of the EHS 100 Program, The Takasago Group received accreditation for the international standards of ISO9001 (Quality management), ISO14001 (Environment management), ISO/IEC17025 (Competence of testing and calibration laboratories), FSSC22000 (Food safety system), and others.

We are going to accelerate our accreditation process for OHSAS18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems) at the respective production sites of the Takasago Group in the Phase III (2015 to 2017).

I think that a truly global company should prioritize contributions to the health and safety of people in the community and protection of the environment while responding to diversified needs in an immediate and precise manner via marketing, development, and manufacturing in close contact with the community for the sustainable growth of the company. The Takasago Group is going to commit to the continued enhancement of the CSR management level toward 2020, the hundredth anniversary of our foundation. We sincerely ask for the continued support of our stakeholders as we pursue these commitments.