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In 2015 the United Nations identified 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeting the most pressing issues that face the global community. The following year, the epoch-making Paris Agreement on long-term, drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions entered into force.
At Hitachi, we believe that by combining our long-cultivated expertise in infrastructure with our revolutionary IT offerings, we can contribute to these global goals. To this end, we are actively working to advance our Social Innovation Business, building on our longstanding efforts to improve quality of life for large numbers of people by providing a wide range of products and services. Of course, like other companies, in recent years we are increasingly called upon to consider how the value our products and services create is received by and impacts society.
To further deepen our integration of business and sustainability amid these changes in the business environment, in April 2017 we launched the Executive Sustainability Committee. Meeting members are tasked with examining sustainability-related measures based on an understanding of the trends and needs of international society. I myself chair the meeting, which includes top Hitachi executives, business unit CEOs, and related department heads, and I look forward to reporting on our progress from next year in the Hitachi Sustainability Report and Hitachi Integrated Report.
Through its diverse range of current and future business activities, Hitachi will contribute significantly to resolving social and environmental issues and establishing an inclusive, harmonious, and prosperous world. To achieve this, we will continue to promote innovative solutions and collaborative creation with our business partners and stakeholders. At the same time, through responsible corporate conduct, we will reduce and mitigate negative impacts on people and the global environment and actively contribute to achieving global targets like the Sustainable Development Goals.
This is what “sustainability" means to Hitachi.
President & CEO