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Corporate InformationCSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)

Editorial Policy

Basic Concept

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).

What This Report Covers (Boundary of Reporting)

The main period covered is fiscal 2015 (April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016)
1,306 companies, namely Hitachi, Ltd. and 1,305 consolidated subsidiaries (including 249 equity-method affiliates)
Boundary of Data
Boundary of Data
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.
Reporting Cycle
Published every year as an annual report
Date Published
October 2016
The data for each fiscal year are the results according to the boundary of data in that fiscal year.
The base fiscal year data has been revised to match the boundary of data for fiscal 2015.

Hitachi References in This Report

Hitachi, Ltd.
Information on or initiatives of Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi and the Hitachi Group
Information on or initiatives of all Group companies in and outside Japan

Key Guidelines Referred to in Preparing This Report

  • G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, Global Reporting Initiative
  • Environmental Reporting Guidelines (2012 version), Ministry of the Environment, Japan
  • Environmental Reporting Guidelines 2001—With Focus on Stakeholders, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan

Disclosure of Financial and Non-Financial Information

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.

Financial and Non-Financial Information Reports on Hitachi's Value Creation

Financial Information Reports


Information about Hitachi, Ltd. is also disclosed in the Annual Securities Report and the Report on the 147th Business Term.

Non-Financial Information Reports

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.


We also disclose information about Hitachi, Ltd. in the Corporate Governance Report.

Independent Assurance

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 Independent Assurance in the report.