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Hitachi's Aims: Thoroughgoing Respect for Human Rights Across the Value Chain

As our value chain expands on a global scale, we find diverse working environments, business norms, and trade practices in countries and regions around the world, and this has highlighted the need to ensure respect for human rights in our operations. Society's awareness of human rights issues is also rising, and companies are expected to address human rights issues in accordance with such international standards as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Companies are now being asked not only to respect human rights in their own activities but also to avoid becoming complicit in the human rights infringements of their suppliers and customers.

In carrying out our business, Hitachi recognizes human rights as a key management issue. On the basis of this awareness, we will respect the human rights of all stakeholders, including our own employees and across the supply chain, in every country and region where we operate. We are also engaged in raising awareness of human rights and promoting the use of grievance mechanisms to address employee concerns throughout the Hitachi Group. At the same time, we are strengthening human rights due diligence and expanding the scope of other human-rights-related activities.

Fiscal 2016 Overview of Activities

In fiscal 2016, we took steps to further propagate the Hitachi Group Human Rights Policy. In addition to implementing human rights due diligence (HRDD), with a focus on human resources divisions, we held training sessions for Group and global employees to enhance respect for human rights.

Main Plans and Results

Respect for Human Rights Throughout the Value Chain

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Main Plans and Results:Respect for Human Rights Throughout the Value Chain
Policies FY 2016 goals/plans Results in FY 2016 Achievement level FY 2017 goals/plans
Propagation of the Hitachi Group Human Rights Policy and implementation of HRDD based on guidelines
  • Implement HRDD within human resources divisions
  • Create guidelines for individual divisions
  • Create an overview edition of guidelines
  • Hosted three workshops on HRDD within human resources divisions
  • Issued summary of the guidelines (in Japanese and English)
  • Prioritized revision of Hitachi Group CSR Procurement Guidelines and HRDD guidelines for procurement divisions were not drafted
Achieved
  • Have human resources divisions examine measures by taking HRDD results into account
  • Create guidelines for individual divisions
  • Continue to promote HRDD
  • Implement HRDD workshops in Europe
  • Follow up on companies that have yet to formulate company regulations integrating the Hitachi Group Human Rights Policy, based on the findings of a survey on the number of companies that have established the policy as company regulation
  • Ascertained number of companies with company regulations integrating the Hitachi Group Human Rights Policy and shared information with them; sent reminders to companies that have yet to integrate the policy in their regulations
Achieved
  • Promotion of employee understanding of the principles on Business and Human Rights and respect for human rights
  • Implement human rights training sessions for Hitachi, Ltd. executive officers
  • Hold human rights workshops in Europe
  • Plan and produce fiscal 2016 e-learning materials
  • Implemented human rights training session for Hitachi, Ltd. executive officers
  • Released human rights e-learning materials in three languages: Japanese, English, and Chinese
  • Implemented HRDD training sessions and workshops in Europe
  • Implemented human rights training sessions for Hitachi Group companies in China, ASEAN, and Australia
  • Distributed CEO's human rights message to approximately 156,000 executives and employees
Achieved
  • Continue to hold training sessions in and outside Japan
  • Continue to implement human rights training sessions for Hitachi, Ltd. executive officers
  • Distribute CEO's human rights message

Respect for Human Rights Throughout the Value Chain

Hitachi's Approach

The Hitachi Group Human Rights Policy has been formulated to create a value chain where the human rights of all stakeholders are respected. Under the leadership of top management, educational activities targeting all executives and employees are carried out on an ongoing basis to help foster an organization in which human rights infringements do not occur.

Under this policy, we are also building a framework to accurately assess and mitigate human rights risks in the workplace environments of Hitachi's suppliers and other stakeholders.

Respect for Workers' Rights

Hitachi's Approach

Our employees are tasked with maintaining respect for human rights within the value chain, but at the same time, in their role as employed persons, they are also stakeholders whose human rights must be respected.

Hitachi's longstanding approach has been to give importance to building a mutually beneficial relationship with our employees as partners in a common effort. Given the globalization of our business, there is a growing need to respect workers' rights not only by complying with international ethics codes but also by taking into account the respective practices and cultures of each country.

Moving forward, we will continually strengthen our system of mutual cooperation to build an equitable worker-employer relationship and improve worker health and safety levels based on respect for workers' fundamental rights.

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