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Hitachi Group Sustainable Procurement Guidelines

To achieve the goal of sustainable procurement, Hitachi released the revised Hitachi Group Sustainable Procurement Guidelines in July 2021. The guidelines are a communication tool informing procurement partners about Hitachi Group initiatives.They describe Hitachi policies and initiatives related to sustainability, and specify points that also require compliance by procurement partners.

For details, please refer to Hitachi Group Sustainable Procurement Guidelines.

1. Hitachi Group Policies and Initiatives

A)Hitachi Group Corporate-wide Policies

B)Hitachi Group Procurement Policies

C)Hitachi Group Procurement Initiatives

Hitachi regards sustainability in its value chains as crucial. In dealing with its procurement partners, Hitachi commits itself to procurement activities based on its policies and codes of conduct.

To share our sustainable procurement policies, we have distributed the Sustainable Procurement Guidelines to roughly 30,000 procurement partners.

We continually request our procurement partners to comply with the Sustainable Procurement Guidelines, and explain the contents through sustainable procurement sessions.

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2.Hitachi Group Supplier Code of Conduct


B)Health and Safety


D)Business Ethics

E)Management System

F)Product Quality and Safety

G)Prevention of Personal and Confidential Information Leakage

Hitachi Group's policy for Responsible Supply Chain of Minerals

In 2013, Hitachi formulated its Conflict Minerals Procurement Policy, declaring its stance regarding conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold) and cobalt. In 2016, a revision explicitly laid out the measures to be implemented to ensure responsible procurement.

However, a global trend has emerged in which company procurement responsibilities are not just limited to avoiding complicity in conflicts. Companies also need to address broader risks to human rights in any region. Aligning with this trend, in 2021 we revised the above policy to formulate the Hitachi Group’s policy for Responsible Supply Chain of Minerals.

Hitachi is working to ensure responsible procurement in order to avoid supporting armed groups, human rights violations including child labor, corruption, and environmental destruction in conflict and high-risk areas.

Green Procurement

As part of the Hitachi Group’s Green Procurement initiative, we explicitly formulate our ideas and requests regarding environmentally friendly businesses and share them with procurement partners. In 1998, the Hitachi Group was at the forefront of the industry by formulating its original Green Procurement Guidelines, in which we compiled our fundamental policy regarding the procurement of environmentally friendly parts and products, and by working with our procurement partners in accordance with this policy. In 2021, Hitachi Group revised the Green Procurement Guidelines along with the Hitachi Group Sustainable Procurement Guidelines.

In the Green Procurement initiative, we request our procurement partners to comply with the Guidelines and deliver items relating to the partners’ environmental preservation activities (such as establishing an environmental management system and obtaining recommended certifications). In addition, we strive to procure items that have a reduced burden on the environment, for example, items that demonstrate (or are produced by using) the best practices for saving resources, saving energy, recycling, and properly managing the chemical substances in products and providing adequate information.

Green Procurement refers to practices in which parts and materials that have a reduced burden on the environment are purchased from procurement partners engaged in environmental preservation.

The Guidelines are available in three languages: Japanese, English and Chinese.

Green Procurement System Log-In

Please enter the Portal of Green Procurements for details on chemical substances contained in products.

The Portal of Green Procurements