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Main Initiatives and Groups Hitachi Is Involved with

Based on its corporate mission of “contribute to society through the development of superior, original technology and products,” Hitachi promotes its Social Innovation Business with the aim of contributing to the realization of a sustainable society. As part of this, to play its proper role as a global corporation, Hitachi actively participates in international initiatives and groups addressing social issues on a global scale.

Initiative or Group Activities
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Became a participant in 2009.
Joined workshops organized by the Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ) on ten different topics in fiscal 2022, including ESG, SDGs, and WEPs (the Women’s Empowerment Principles)
United Nations Global Compact
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Became a member in 1995
Adopted SOS 1.5 project in 2020
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) Became a member in 2007 and has participated in the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) since 2016 BSR
World Economic Forum Participated in Davos Forum since 2014
Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Announced support for TCFD in 2018 and disclosed climate-related information based on the TCFD recommendations TCFD
Japan Climate Initiative (JCI) Became a member in 2018
Joined the JCI Race to Zero Circle established in 2021
The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Obtained accreditation of “Targets for 1.5℃” in 2020 SBTi
Business Ambition for 1.5℃ Became a member in 2020, along with SBT1.5℃ certification Business Ambition for 1.5℃
Race To Zero campaign Joined in 2020, along with Business Ambition for 1.5℃ commitment Race To Zero
The Valuable 500 Became a member in 2021 The Valuable 500
ESG Disclosure Study Group (EDSG) Participated as a founder and start-up member since 2020 ESG Disclosure Study Group

Industry Leadership and Policy Recommendations

As part of developing Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business on a global scale, Hitachi views government institutions and private bodies in each country and region of the world as important partners. Our Government & External Relations Group leads our efforts to strengthen ties with these bodies. We collaborate with business locations worldwide to develop mutual relationships with local communities, working with governments and international organizations in each country. At the same time, the Group seeks new business opportunities for Hitachi, creating value based on the various regional social issues and policies.
More frequently, governments are asking for our opinions. We also contribute to building better societies by making requests directly and proposing solutions through discussions in economic organizations and industrial bodies.

Major Participation in Government Councils/Business and Industry Associations

Council/Group Participant Activities
Panel discussion regarding Infrastructure System International Expansion Strategy 2025 (Cabinet Secretariat of Japan) Executive Chairman Toshiaki Higashihara (attended as a private sector member)
  • Proposals regarding appropriate concrete measures to be taken based on the Japanese government’s Infrastructure System International Expansion Strategy 2025
Japan Business
Federation (Keidanren)
Executive Chairman Toshiaki Higashihara (attended as the Vice Chair)
  • Disseminating opinions on important issues such as digital transformation (DX) and green transformation (GX) to accelerate Keidanren’s efforts under the theme of “Society 5.0 for SDGs” and to establish sustainable capitalism
Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) President & CEO Keiji Kojima (attended as the Chairman)
  • Examining and making proposals on the promotion of digital technology, data use, and market creation under the mission to achieve Society 5.0
  • Offering insights into paradigms of international legislation, agreements, and standards to develop digital trade and strengthen international competitiveness
Japan Electrical Manufacturers’ Association (JEMA) Vice President Kenji Urase (attended as the Director)
  • Promoting the sustainable development of electrical manufacturing by submitting opinions on various governmental and administrative policies and promoting product safety awareness, international standardization and compatibility evaluation, statistical research work, and the development of human capital for STEM fields
Japan Machinery Federation (JMF) Executive Chairman Toshiaki Higashihara (attended as the Chairman)
  • Providing opinions to the Diet and the government, conducting surveys and research on the machinery industry, and promoting international standardization activities for the comprehensive progress and development of the machinery industry
World Economic Forum (World Economic Forum) Executive Officers centered on Executive Chairman Toshiaki Higashihara and President & CEO Keiji Kojima
  • Contributing to improve world affairs through discussions toward solving global, regional, and industrial challenges by cooperating with leaders from economics, politics, and academia participating in the forum
Japan-U.S. Business Council Executive Chairman Toshiaki Higashihara (attended as an Executive Committee member)
  • Exchanging opinions and proposing policies regarding various issues with Japan-U.S. economic relations from the point of view of the Japan-U.S. business community as a whole
National Association of Manufacturers Hitachi Corporate Office in Washington DC
  • Lobbying and making policy proposals, as the largest association of manufacturers in the United States, to support the international competitiveness of member corporations
Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE) Hitachi Europe Government Relations Office
  • Making policy proposals to contribute to the further development of EU-Japan relations and the EU economy as the body representing Japanese corporations in the EU

Efforts in International Standardization Activities

Approach to International Standardization Activities

Hitachi considers international standardization as an activity to define the international rules necessary for achieving sustainable societies. Hitachi recognizes that International standards are standards or criteria endorsed through fair discussion and international agreement by members representing specialized fields and diverse stakeholders.
To this end, Hitachi strives to solve social issues from a global perspective. Hitachi also engages in collaborative creation with a diverse range of stakeholders, including national and regional governments, academic and research institutions, corporations, NGOs and NPOs, and users around the world to create new social norms (rules) and contribute to sustainable societies through our Social Innovation Business.
Hitachi believes international standardization is as important as R&D and intellectual property. Hitachi participates actively in standardization activities at international standardization organizations that include IEC*1, ISO*2, and ITU-T*3. Hitachi also participates in consortia established in various regions and industrial fields around the world.
Hitachi is engaged in international standardization activities in various fields including efforts concerning the circular economy (ISO/TC*4 323), the environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems (IEC/TC 111, smart community infrastructures (ISO/TC 268/SC*5 1), and unmanned aircraft systems (ISO/TC 20/SC 16). Providing solutions consistent with international standards through these international standardization activities, Hitachi supports the development of sound global markets and facilitate innovation to resolve social issues.

IEC: International Electrotechnical Commission. An international organization composed of member countries and regions.
ISO: International Organization for Standardization. An international organization composed of member countries and regions.
ITU-T: International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Standardization Sector. A specialized agency of the United Nations.
TC: Technical Committee
SC: Subcommittee

Participation in International Standardization Activities

Hitachi employees received the1906 Award from the IEC and a certificate of appreciation from the IEC Activities Promotion Committee (IEC-APC) in fiscal 2022. In addition, since January 2023, our colleague has served members of the SMB*, which is an upper-level committee that oversees IEC standardization activities. Hitachi professionals hold several other key international positions, including chairperson and executive secretary. Many participate in the technical committees of international standardization organizations.

SMB: Standardization Management Board. Fifteen members are appointed to the board from IEC member countries. Seven members are elected by the standing member countries and eight by general election.

Structure for Promoting International Standardization Activities at Hitachi

The Hitachi Group Standardization Committee has been established to engage with international standardization activities involving groupwide cooperation. The Steering Committee* for the Standardization Committee selects areas for Hitachi to prioritize over the medium to long term. Each working group engages in detailed discussions and strategic activities toward international standardization.

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

One of the principal topics selected by the Hitachi Group Standardization Committee was Society 5.0, an initiative spearheaded by the Japanese government aimed at creating human-centered, sustainable societies. The ISO/IWA* 39 (gap analysis for standardization on sustainable human-centered societies enabled with cyber physical systems) agreement was completed in fiscal 2021. Based on the conclusions of the agreement, Hitachi will continue developing activities to create place for various stakeholders to discuss specific issues and build an international consensus toward the creating Society 5.0.

IWA: International Workshop Agreement

Hitachi Group Standardization Committee

Hitachi Group Standardization Committee