Activities for
sustainable growth

Maruho will increase the total value output for the health of human beings and the solution of social issues, and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society where everyone can live with a smile.

Social - People and Organization

In order to enhance corporate value and achieve sustainable growth in the medium to long term, Maruho strives to provide systems and opportunities that enable every employee to build a career and play an active role, and to create a safe and healthy workplace environment.

Creating systems for autonomous career development

Internal job posting system
Internal job postings are offered as an opportunity for employees to seriously consider their own careers and realize what they want to achieve. During the fiscal year ended September 2022, 30 positions were posted throughout the Company, and a total of 11 employees were successfully transferred.
Career training by age group
To help employees autonomously build their careers, we conduct training in which participation is voluntary, at each milestone in their career. During the fiscal year ended September 2022, a total of 134 employees participated in the training.
Expanding personal development programs
In order to support employees who are motivated to learn, we have greatly expanded the training programs available to them.

Promoting health management support

Offering a health counseling service by a public health nurse
Maruho offers a health counseling service that allows employees to easily consult about their physical and mental health four times every month at the head office. (In person or online)
Introducing “KENPOS,” a health support website
We have introduced a web service with which users can manage various information related to their health, such as the number of steps taken and dietary record, by themselves. Various events to support health management, such as a Walking Campaign, are held regularly.
Supporting employees to undergo re-examination after a health checkup
If an employee is recommended for re-examination as a result of a health examination, Maruho allows the employee to visit the medical facility during working hours.

Initiatives for diversity and inclusion

Promoting the active participation of women
Starting from October 2021, as a Companywide common indicator, the target to be achieved by September 2024 is a female manager ratio of more than 15%.
Promoting next-generation development
Maruho promotes initiatives to allow employees to balance childcare and work for future generations. We especially encourage male employees to take childcare leave. In addition, to reduce overtime hours worked, we aim for zero departments with over 30 overtime hours worked in a month for three consecutive months and zero individuals working over 540 overtime hours in a year.
certification (2nd stage)
Acquired in 2019
“Kurumin” Certification
Acquired in 2007
Interactions within the Maruho Group

Interactions between Group companies engaged in different types of business are expected to help discover new value and deepen mutual understanding.

Participants of the meeting, at Roman Industries Co., Ltd. (June 2022)

Systems and initiatives to support diverse work styles

Introducing remote work
Maruho actively promotes working from home.
Introducing free-address offices
Maruho has introduced a free-address system in some of its offices to encourage creativity among employees.
Digitization of various application systems
Maruho has introduced a system to enable payment of expenses and application for management approval via Company PCs and smartphones, as part of its initiatives to promote digitization of operations.


As a member of society, Maruho actively promotes activities to protect the regional and global environments, such as reducing environmental impact of its R&D, sales, and production activities. At the same time, Maruho pursues business activities in harmony with the global environment by raising the environmental awareness of its employees.

Toward Carbon Neutrality in 2050

<CO2 Emission Reduction Targets for 2030 and 2050>
Reduce CO2 emissions* by 46% by FY2030 compared to FY13.
Reduce CO2 emissions to zero by FY2050.
(*Target for laboratories, plants, offices, and sales vehicles.

Promoting the efficient use of energy

To promote energy saving, we set the target temperatures for air conditioning to be 28°C in summer and 20°C in winter at all offices including the head office. We are also working to reduce the use of paper by promoting the use of electronic meeting materials and introducing electronic signatures/confirmation.

Initiatives in R&D activities (Kyoto R&D Center)

Saving energy/resources
We are working to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions through initiatives such as introducing LED lighting to the Drug Development Laboratories, using the energy-saving mode of air conditioners, introducing CO2 concentration control, and adjusting seasonal humidification settings for laboratories. We are also working to reduce the use of paper in confirmation of test results and various procedures by promoting the switch from paper documents to electronic materials.
Green purchasing
We have launched an initiative to replace office equipment and supplies used in our R&D activities with environmentally friendly products in order to help preserve the environment.
Reducing industrial waste generated
Aiming to contribute to a recycling-oriented society, we are making continuous efforts to reduce generation of industrial waste. We also thoroughly separate waste generated in our R&D activities.
Raising environmental awareness

Employees working at the Kyoto R&D Center voluntarily hold roundtable discussions on the SDGs to raise their awareness of environmental conservation, share knowledge and ideas on environmentally friendly actions, and work to embody the ideas.

Roundtable discussion on the SDGs (July 2022)

Initiatives in sales activities (Sales offices)

Introducing hybrid vehicles
Since 2009, we have been gradually replacing our vehicles used for sales promotion activities with hybrid vehicles. As of March 2022, hybrid vehicles account for 87.0%. With these vehicles, we will reduce the use of fuels in sales activities and also reduce emissions of CO2.

Initiatives in production activities (Hikone Plant, Nagahama Plant)

Acquisition of ISO14001

Both plants have acquired ISO 14001 certification, the international standard for environmental management systems (EMS).

Energy saving
The two plants have been gradually replacing fluorescent lighting in the plants with LED lighting to reduce electricity consumption. At the Hikone Plant, in anticipation of future electricity demand, a new charger transformer was installed in December 2022 with 40% improved energy-saving performance compared with 1999. We will continue activities to save energy, such as using the low airflow mode for air conditioning during non-operating hours and suspending air conditioning in areas where air conditioning is not necessary.
Reducing CO2 emissions
In 2022, the two plants emitted a total of 10,410 tons of CO2. The plants aim to further reduce CO2 emissions by switching to renewable electricity.
Cleanup campaign

At the Hikone Plant, a cleanup campaign is held each year between April and June and between August and October to collect trash in the area surrounding the plant. This was the first year that our partner companies also participated in the campaign.

Cleanup campaign (August 2022)

Social Contribution

Maruho encourages employees to take part in volunteer activities in order to integrate efforts to contribute to society into its corporate culture.

Matching gift program “Maru-hotto Gift”

Maruho’s matching gift program“ Maru-hotto Gift,” a system that supports employees’ motivation for social contribution, celebrated its seventh year in 2022. With Maruho Hatsujyo Kogyo Co., Ltd. and Tateyama Pharmaceutical Factory Co., Ltd. taking part for the first time in 2022, a total of 428 people participated in the program. To the amount donated by them, the Company added the same amount and donated a total of approximately 3,800,000 yen to four NPOs that were internally selected.

Support for research contributing to health

Maruho Research Award
Established in 1999 as the Galderma Award to support upcoming researchers in dermatology, and renamed the Maruho Research Award in 2020, the award is granted to research papers selected through a strict screening from among fundamental and clinical research papers related to dermatology.
Master of Dermatology (Maruho)
Maruho established this prize in 2010 to recognize dermatologists who have made outstanding achievements in clinical dermatology and contributed to the development of the field of clinical dermatology in Japan. From the fiscal year ended September 2017, the prize was renamed Master of Dermatology (Maruho), featuring people who have made a great contribution to the development of dermatology in Japan through clinical, dermatological research, human resources development, social contributions, etc., and is jointly operated with the Japanese Dermatological Association.

Participation in a women’s health education promotion project

In modern society, where the greater participation of women is expected, in order to realize the life design or career plans desired by women, it is necessary to correctly understand the health problems unique to women and their physical changes at different life stages. Based on this understanding, since 2021 Maruho has participated in “Kagayaki School,” a women’s health education promotion project established by Bayer Yakuhin, Ltd.
In the fiscal year ending March 2023, the Kagayaki School is scheduled to be held at 12 schools around Japan (including online and visiting lessons). In addition to female students, male students also participated in the lessons, accounting for about 40% of the total number of participants.
Maruho will continue to support the development of women’s health and the environment for their active participation.

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Cultural Works

As one of our social contributions, Maruho has actively engaged in archiving the knowledge that surrounds the company in society. One example is the continuous support of creations and publications of haiku poetry.
From 1994 to 2014, Maruho periodically published the haiku digest "Haidansho" with edited contributions from hundreds of haiku groups in Japan.
Maruho's cultural works are presented in the following Japanese content.

Japanese content