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Main Initiatives in Which Hitachi Is Involved

United Nations Global Compact


Hitachi, Ltd. became a full member of the United Nations Global Compact in February 2009. Our corporate foundation is the basis for continuing growth as a global company, and it also needs to meet internationally recognized global standards that go beyond national and regional laws and regulations. We believe that respecting and implementing the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact will build a stronger foundation for our business.

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact
Human Rights Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Labour Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Environment Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Anti-Corruption Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

wbcsd member

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is an organization led by CEOs of forward-looking companies in more than 30 countries worldwide. Its aim is to create a sustainable future for business, society, and the environment. Hitachi, Ltd. has participated in the WBCSD since 1995.

International Standardization Activities

To help create and expand markets as well as to accelerate our global business expansion, we are actively involved in developing international standards and are willing to commit employees to serve as chairpersons or international secretaries or in other key positions of international standards-developing organizations, such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The Hitachi Group Standardization Committee was established to coordinate the efforts of all Hitachi Group companies toward international standardization. The Steering Committee*1 of this body determines priority themes and promotes standardi­zation activities by establishing working groups for each theme.

Hitachi's international standardization work is well regarded. In fiscal 2017, we were honored by such bodies as the IEC, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, the Telecommunication Technology Committee, and the Information Processing Society of Japan.

Hitachi is committed to contributing to international standardi­zation via standard-developing organizations like the IEC, ISO, and various consortia to facilitate innovation that resolves social issues, as well as to providing solutions consistent with international standards to support the development of sound global markets.

Steering Committee: Headed by the executive officer overseeing R&D, this entity includes chief technology officers of Hitachi business units and Group companies. The committee is responsible for decisions on cross-departmental and companywide standardization projects.

Hitachi Group Standardization Committee


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