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Corporate InformationCSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)

Hitachi actively pursues a range of CSR activities aimed at developing a more sustainable society. These activities have earned the Hitachi Group high marks from numerous external organizations.

Actively Responding to ESG Assessments

The Hitachi Group welcomes external assessments as a target for ESG*1 and sustainability-oriented investment. For eight years in a row since fiscal 2009, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World),*2 a leading global sustainability investment index, has listed Hitachi, Ltd. as a component stock. RobecoSAM, which handles survey and analysis for the DJSI listings, gave its Bronze Class designation to Hitachi, Ltd. in its 2015, 2016, and 2017 CSR rankings.

Three Group companies (Hitachi Chemical, Hitachi Construction Machinery, and Hitachi High-Technologies) were selected for the FTSE4Good Index Series.*3 Hitachi Chemical, Hitachi Construction Machinery, Hitachi Metals, and Hitachi High-Technologies were chosen for the Morningstar SRI Index,*4 with the Group performing well overall in these external assessments. Hitachi Chemical was also selected for the MSCI Global Sustainability Indexes.*5

*1
ESG stands for "environment," "social," and "governance"—key factors in promoting socially responsible investment.
*2
DJSI: A family of ESG indexes developed by Dow Jones & Company (USA) and RobecoSAM (Switzerland) that includes global and regional indexes with specific compositions. DJSI World, for example, selects on a global basis, while the DJSI Asia Pacific Index covers Japan, Asia, and Australia.
*3
FTSE4Good Index Series: One of the indexes calculated by the London Stock Exchange—owned FTSE Group that selects component stocks based on their ESG performance, specifically, environmental management, climate change mitigation, human rights and workers' rights, supply chain labor standards, and bribery and corruption prevention.
*4
Morningstar SRI Index: An ESG index for Japanese stocks developed by Morningstar Japan K.K. with the Center for Public Resources Development.
*5
MSCI Global Sustainability Indexes: A family of indexes developed by US-based Morgan Stanley Capital International comprising companies with high ESG ratings relative to sector peers.

Results of ESG Analysis in Fiscal 2016

Results of ESG Analysis in Fiscal 2016
Institution Index Companies selected
RobecoSAM Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
  • Hitachi, Ltd.
Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index
  • Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
FTSE Group FTSE4Good Index Series
  • Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
  • Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
FTSE Blossom Japan Index
  • Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
  • Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
  • Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
Morningstar SRI Index
  • Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
  • Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
  • Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
MSCI MSCI Global Sustainability Indexes
  • Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index
  • Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
  • Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN)
  • Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
  • Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation

MEMBER OF Dow Jones Sustainability Indices In Collaboration with RobecoSAM

RobecoSAM Sustainability Award Bronze Class 2017

Nadeshiko Brand Designation

NADESHIKO BRAND 2017

On March 23, 2017, Hitachi, Ltd. was selected as a 2017 Nadeshiko Brand—the fourth year in a row the company received the honor. Hitachi was recognized for its management strategy promoting diversity and for promoting innovation by drawing on its diverse human capital.

Since fiscal 2012, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) have jointly selected, on an industry basis, enterprises that are considered to encourage women to play active roles in the workplace from among the approximately 3,500 companies listed on the first section of the TSE, the TSE second section, the Mothers index, and JASDAQ. Companies are assessed on two factors: providing career support for women and supporting women in balancing work and life. Of the top scoring companies, those also meeting return on equity requirements receive the Nadeshiko Brand designation. Hitachi, Ltd. was one of 47 enterprises in this round of selections.

Diversity Management Selection 100

DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT SELECTION 100 2013

On March 22, 2013, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) held a ceremony to celebrate Diversity Management Selection 100. Hitachi, Ltd. was one of 43 companies receiving awards in Japan. The Diversity Management Selection 100 system chooses and recognizes companies that achieve high results in such areas as improving innovation and productivity by using the talents of diverse employees, including women, different nationalities, older employees, and people with disabilities. Hitachi was lauded for going beyond simply introducing diversity programs to promote diversity management Group-wide as a corporate strategy backed by strong management commitment.

On March 18, 2015, Hitachi Group companies Hitachi Transport System and Hitachi Solutions were chosen for the METI Diversity Management Selection 100.

Kurumin Certification

Kurumin Certification

Kurumin certification is granted under Japan's 2005 Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children to companies that create action plans for child-care support in line with this legislation and that meet performance requirements.

In February 2011, Hitachi, Ltd. acquired this certification*1 in recognition of its achievements in developing and implementing action plans supporting child care so that employees can work with the peace of mind that comes from a good work-life balance.

*1
Hitachi Group companies receiving Kurumin certification are: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc., Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation, Clarion Co., Ltd., Hitachi Urban Investment, Ltd., Hitachi Systems Ltd., Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., Hitachi SC, Ltd., Hitachi Solutions East Japan, Ltd., Hitachi INS Software, Ltd., Hitachi Government & Public Sector Systems, Ltd., Hitachi Architects & Engineers Co., Ltd, Hitachi Mito Engineering Co., Ltd., Mito Engineering Service Co., Ltd., and Okinawa Hitachi Network Systems, Ltd.

Eruboshi Certification

Eruboshi Certification

The Eruboshi mark is conferred on companies that have submitted action plans under the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace (which came into effect on April 1, 2016) and are implementing exceptional measures.

On February 28, 2017, Hitachi, Ltd. was awarded Eruboshi certification for promoting diversity as an important component of its management strategy and for creating work environments enabling its diverse human capital to play an active role. Companies are assessed in five categories*1 and are grouped into three classes according to the number of standards they clear; Hitachi, Ltd. was awarded class 2.*2

*1
The five assessment categories are (1) recruitment, (2) years of continuous employment, (3) workstyles, including working hours, (4) percentage in management positions, and (5) diversity of career choices.
*2
Other Hitachi Group companies earning Eruboshi certification are: Clarion Co., Ltd. (class 3); Hitachi Systems Ltd. (class 3); Hitachi Solutions, Ltd. (class 3); Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. (class 2); Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation (class 2); and Hitachi Solutions East Japan, Ltd. (class 2).

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