Under the 2021 Mid-term Management Plan that aims to enhance social, economic,and environmental value through the Social Innovation Business, we are actively promoting social contribution activities that will help create social and environmental value and contribute to the sustainable development of both society and business.
Based on the belief that we, as a company aiming to resolve social issues through innovation, have an important mission to foster not only our human capital but also those who will contribute to society in the field of science and technology more broadly, our focus in recent years has been on activities related to STEAM (science,technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education, which has gained attention as a tool for fostering human capital capable of using cutting-edge technologies to enhance their creativity, expressivity, and problem-solving skills.
As a global company, we also support volunteer activity among employees, because it is essential for employees to actively volunteer their time to address local issues and needs if we are to build trust with local communities and grow together with them as a good corporate citizen.
Nurturing People, Connecting to the Future
At Hitachi, our Corporate Mission, "to contribute to society through the development of superior,original technology and products," is the basis for everything we do. We believe it is our pursuit to contribute to solving societal and environmental issues and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by accelerating our Social Innovation Business, as well as undertaking corporate citizenship activities. Central to this goal are people: people in our business, people in our local and global communities, and people who are our future. Ultimately, it is individuals that have the ability to create innovation, bring social impact, and deliver social good to society.
Therefore, the Hitachi Group is committed to investing in, developing, nurturing, and empowering future generations, together with our employees and diverse stakeholders in the following areas:
In fiscal 2019, Hitachi and the Hitachi Global Foundation provided over 1.8 billion yen in funding toward social contribution activities worldwide, including initiatives to cultivate a younger generation of talent and financial donations and other support for disaster-struck areas. Additionally, 88,134 Hitachi Group employees (around 30% of the total) participated in social contribution activities.
Hitachi spends around 2 billion yen annually on social contribution activities, but that amount has been shrinking due to a decrease in the number of consolidated Group companies and revised datagathering measures. However, fiscal 2019 marked the largest number of employees participating in social contribution activities since we started gathering this data in fiscal 2016.
Hitachi Group employees are contributing to society through community-based activities in various forms and areas, such as cleaning up around our business sites, visiting and donating goods to welfare facilities, and participating in charity events. Many employees make full use of their knowledge and skills acquired through work for their contribution to society, such as running workshops for schoolchildren on a wide range of themes, from science and the environment to career education, and implementing programs aimed to support non-profit organizations through pro bono activities.
■ Breakdown of Funding for Social Contribution Activities in FY 2019
■ Funding for Social Contribution Activities and Number of Participating Employees