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Corporate InformationCSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)

Hitachi's Aims

"Sustainability management" is expected to play an array of roles in realizing a sustainable society, a key component of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the centerpiece of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations in 2015. We believe that meeting society's expectations requires a corporate culture that unfailingly contributes to the resolution of social issues through the creation of products and services and that ensures ethical and fair business activities.

We are cultivating a self-directed corporate culture where CSR perspectives are reflected in management decision making and a common identity is shared throughout the Hitachi Group. In addition to pursuing greater managerial transparency and efficiency, we have identified the main themes of this effort as sharing our Codes of Conduct and values throughout the Group and promoting multifaceted risk management. In these ways we are accelerating the development of corporate governance that incorporates CSR into our decision making and operations across our business activities.

Main Plans and Results

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Policies FY 2015 goals/plans Results in FY 2015 Achievement level FY 2016 goals/plans
  • Instilling of the Hitachi Group Indentity in employees
  • Further instill the Hitachi Group Identity under an "autonomous decentralized global management" structure, raise employee awareness globally to realize the Hitachi Group Vision
  • Implemented the brand awards "Inspiration of the Year Global Awards 2015" to promote understanding the Hitachi Group Identity and Hitachi brand; shared within the Hitachi Group video of the round table session with CEO Toshiaki Higashihara and the grand prix winners
  • Held brand-training sessions to gain employees' understanding about the Hitachi brand
  • Held brand-training sessions in Europe, Southeast Asia, China, and India
  • Realize the Hitachi Group Vision by further instilling the Group Identity in employees, raise employee awareness to achieve the 2018 Mid-term Management Plan
    • (1) Provide training worldwide to promote understanding of the Hitachi Group Identity and the Hitachi brand value
    • (2) Implement the brand awards "Inspiration of the Year Global Awards 2016"; foster and utilize brand ambassadors
    • (3) Hold brand-training sessions
  • Establishment of corporate ethics, strict compliance with laws and regulations
  • Enhance Group-wide compliance framework globally
  • Held Compliance Management Conference
  • Convened Advisory Committee
  • Revised Hitachi Global Compliance Program
  • Shared CEO's message during Ethics and Compliance Month
  • Held Hitachi Group Compliance Conference
  • Appointed Regional Head of Compliance
  • Enhance Group-wide compliance framework globally

Pursuing Management Transparency and Efficiency

Hitachi's Approach

We not only strive to ensure the legality, soundness, and transparency of our business but also endeavor to respond rapidly to constantly changing economic and social conditions and efficiently conduct operations. At the same time we are bolstering management oversight and monitoring capabilities and clearly defining managerial responsibilities with a view to sustainably enhancing our corporate value by forging ever-stronger corporate governance.

Worldwide social and environmental megatrends, such as population growth and climate change, have reached a point in recent years where they are having a bigger impact on corporate management decisions. As a global company that contributes to society through our Social Innovation Business, we are working to ensure that environmental and social issues are at the heart of decision making at the highest levels of corporate governance.

Sharing a Hitachi Group Identity

Hitachi's Approach

We carry out our business not only in full compliance with legal requirements but also in ways that ensure socially responsible conduct. Spreading understanding of this among all Hitachi employees is a fundamental management issue. As economic activity becomes increasingly borderless, there is a growing need for steps to eradicate bribery, corruption, and other illegal behavior in accordance with conditions in the countries and regions where we have operations. As a global company, we are implementing a consistent compliance structure across the entire Hitachi Group.

In pursuing sustainable management, we give equal importance to value creation that contributes to the resolution of social issues. This is being advanced through the dissemination and sharing among all employees of the Hitachi Group Identity—an integrated set of principles spelling out our management vision, Codes of Conduct, and values.

Advancing Risk Management on Multiple Fronts

Hitachi's Approach

Changes to our operating environment from such factors as the globalization of the economy and advances in and spread of information and communications technology (ICT) lead not only to the expansion of business opportunities but also to the diversification of risks to our operations.

We have built a diverse risk management system under which we carry out risk analysis to accurately gauge ongoing economic and social changes and use the insights gained to take preventive measures and ensure a rapid response to issues that may arise unexpectedly. As a company deeply involved in infrastructure projects in countries and regions around the world, we strive to minimize risks to society from our operations. Measures include those to ensure the stable supply of our products and services, further tighten our information security, and reinforce business continuity plans (BCP).

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