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We are continuously improving our CSR activities in line with the ISO 26000 international guidelines for CSR and have identified nine key themes for our CSR Management Framework: (1) recognition of social responsibility, (2) corporate governance, (3) human rights, (4) labor practices, (5) environment, (6) fair operating practices, (7) customers (consumer issues), (8) community involvement and development, and (9) review and improvement of CSR activities.
With reference to these nine key themes, the Hitachi Sustainability Report 2016 details the social and environmental issues that are vital to the sustainability of our operations and society, presenting our stance and the activities undertaken in fiscal 2015.
Inasmuch as the report is a tool with which we engage with our stakeholders through honest and transparent disclosures of information, it contains our basic policies, promotion systems, key performance indicators, and specific measures for our CSR initiatives in line with the disclosure provisions of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (G4).
|Financial data||1,306 companies, namely Hitachi, Ltd. and 1,305 consolidated subsidiaries (including 249 equity-method affiliates)|
|Social data||Boundary of data indicated under each indicator|
|Environmental data||1,057 companies, namely Hitachi, Ltd. and 1,056 consolidated subsidiaries. However, for environmental performance data associated with Hitachi's business operations, Hitachi, Ltd. and consolidated subsidiaries whose environmental load comprises 90% of the total (based on Hitachi calculations) are included.|
Hitachi, following closely the deliberations of the European Union (EU) and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) about non-financial disclosure, presents information to match the needs of stakeholders reading this report.
To date the Annual Report has mainly presented financial information, while the Hitachi Sustainability Report mainly presented non-financial information. Starting in 2016 the Hitachi Integrated Report will present both financial and non-financial information in showing how Hitachi is striving to create value. The Hitachi Sustainability Report will continue to serve as a comprehensive tool providing detailed non-financial information.
The Hitachi Sustainability Report 2016 provides non-financial information to investors, auditors, and CSR experts in an easily searchable, interactive PDF format (A4, 102 pages).
The CSR website contains not only the contents of this report but also examples of environmental conservation activities and news releases to provide up-to-date information to our diverse stakeholders.
To enhance the credibility of this report, we have engaged KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd. to provide assurance on environmental and social performance indicators. This assurance was carried out in accordance with the International Standard on Assurance Engagement (ISAE) 3000 and 3410, as well as the Practical Guidelines for the Assurance of Sustainability Information of the Japanese Association of Assurance Organizations for Sustainability Information. Performance indicators for fiscal 2015 that have been assured are marked with in the report.