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This section covers the six SDGs that Hitachi has identified as relating to its corporate commitments. It explores the social and environmental policies and commitments undertaken by Hitachi across all levels of management and business strategy, linking each to the relevant SDGs. We believe we can and should contribute to the achievement of these SDGs because, though not directly linked to our commercial activities, they are critical for all our group companies because of their impact on our long-term sustainability and operational success. Below we list the key global issues and importance to Hitachi for each commitment area and SDG, along with case studies showing how we are contributing.

Environmental Strategy13 CLIMATE ACTION

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Why It Matters Globally

Climate change remains the primary sustainability challenge across all industries. It now affects every country on every continent, disrupting national economies and changing lives. If left unchecked, climate change could undo much progress made to date as well as impeding future development. It can also exacerbate other threats such as food and water scarcity.

What We Believe

Social expectations of companies and industries are increasing—in relation to ESG (environment, society, governance) with the adoption of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in relation to climate change with the Paris Agreement adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21). Hitachi has made a commitment to contributing to the resolution of global environmental problems through promoting its Social Innovation Business, which combines superior products with OT and IT digitalization expertise.

In September 2016, Hitachi released Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050, containing the Hitachi Group Long-term Environmental Targets. Through this, we aim to realize a decarbonized society, a resource efficient society, and a harmonized society with nature.

We have established a set of long-term environmental targets called Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050, which spells out our three goals for 2030 and 2050. Hitachi has established the targets to achieve carbon neutrality throughout its value chain by fiscal 2050 and in its all business sites (factories and offices) by fiscal 2030 as its contribution to realizing a drop in GHG emissions. We will attain these targets throughout the value chain, starting with the usage stage of our products and solutions, which accounts for a substantial share of our value chain emissions.To realize a resource efficient society, we will build a water and resource efficient society together with our customers and society. We have set a target of improving the usage efficiency of water and other resources by 50% compared to fiscal 2010 levels by fiscal 2050. Finally, to help realize a harmonized society with nature, we will also strive to minimize our impact on natural capital. We set environmental action items and targets every three years in order to achieve our long-term targets.

Case Study

A Decarbonized Society

Hitachi has established the targets to achieve carbon neutrality throughout its value chain by fiscal 2050 and in its all business sites (factories and offices) by fiscal 2030 as its contribution to realizing a drop in GHG emissions. We will attain these targets throughout the value chain, starting with the usage stage of our products and solutions, which accounts for a substantial share of our value chain emissions.

We will contribute to our customers and society by developing innovative technologies and solutions as well as enhancing the efficiency of our products and supplying renewable energy.
We are already promoting ways to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions from our factories and offices by improving production efficiency, installing high-efficiency equipment and devices, and using renewable energy.

Ratio of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at each stage of Hitachi value chain

The value chain begins with the procurement of raw materials and components and extends through production, transportation, use, disposal , and recycling. The “use” stage accounts for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions within the value chain.

Showcasing a Low-Carbon Solution for Industrial Sectors

Our Lumada IoT platform provides a range of customers with energy-saving solutions with high production efficiency.

Hitachi's Omika Works is a model “next-generation smart factory” which strives to reduce environmental burden while improving productivity by using Hitachi's advanced Lumada digital technology and energy-efficient products.

A Resource Efficient Society

To help realize a resource-efficient society, we will strive to improve the efficiency of our own use of water and other resources, taking measures that include reducing freshwater intake, addressing water shortage risks, and reducing waste generation.

Hitachi will help establish a circular economy by scaling out lean and efficient production processes and recycling and reusing resources and materials. Regarding clean water conservation, we have set a target of making our water use 50% more efficient by fiscal 2050 compared to fiscal 2010. These goals will be achieved through initiatives including those listed below.

A Harmonized Society with Nature

We are also making efforts to minimize negative impact on natural capital by reducing the environmental burden of business activities and maximizing the positive impact.

To realize a harmonized society with nature, in which ecosystems are restored and preserved for future generations, Hitachi seeks to minimize negative ecological impacts caused by its businesses and restore natural capital using its state-of-the-art technologies and human resources.


Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Why It Matters Globally

Education is the key to achieving many other SDGs and empowering people everywhere to live healthier, more sustainable lives. However, access to education is neither universal nor equal. Nearly 103 million young people worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and sixty percent of these are women and girls. More robust efforts are needed to make even greater strides to achieving universal education goals.

What We Believe

Hitachi's employees are the future of the company and the driving force in achieving its goal to lead transformations in society. We continue to promote career development for employees and offer a range of training programs aligned with individual career paths.

We also use our knowledge and technology to nurture the next generation. Hitachi and the Hitachi Global Foundation carry out a variety of activities based on our policy on social contribution activities.

Case Study

The Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI) is one example of Hitachi fulfilling its commitment to society by helping to develop future generations through innovative education. This program seeks to identify and nurture potential leaders among the best and brightest students in Asia, bringing them together to discuss regional and global issues with influential government officials, prominent business leaders, academics, and NGO representatives. With the participation of countries across Asia, the HYLI has produced over 300 alumni since its establishment in 1996.


Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Why It Matters Globally

If global society fails to change its consumption and production patterns, the environment will continue to face unprecedented degradation. Social problems will also remain unresolved, including forced/child labor and other human rights violations, occupational health and safety issues, and corrupt practices in the value chain.

What We Believe

Hitachi is serious about ensuring the sustainability of products and services across its entire value chain. Businesses will be empowered by our innovative solutions to deliver change, which enable and inspire others to lead more sustainable lifestyles, reduce environmental and social impacts, and improve well-being.

Case Study

Hitachi aims to improve the supply chain through engagement with suppliers. Our stringent Hitachi Group CSR Procurement Guidelines were further revised after evaluating human rights risks within the supply chain, setting priorities, and considering risk reduction measures. We have distributed the Guidelines to approximately 30,000 Hitachi Group suppliers to ensure that they understand our approach toward the environment and society. We regularly conduct supply chain monitoring (self-checks) and CSR audits to diagnose associated risks and issues and ensure suppliers adhere to standards. In addition, our green procurement system A Gree'Net is used to collect environmental data from suppliers as soon as it becomes available and use it in procurement management.


Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Why It Matters Globally

Gender inequality persists everywhere today, hindering social progress. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, and decent work, along with fair representation in political and economic decision-making processes, will deliver sustainable benefits, both economic and to society at large.

What We Believe

Diversity is the wellspring of our innovation and our growth engine. Hitachi regards personal differences—gender, nationality, work history, age, sexual orientation, and philosophy—as facets of people's individuality. By respecting our employees' individualities and positioning them as an advantage, Hitachi frames its diversity and inclusion as conducive to both the individual's and the company's sustainable growth.

With strong teamwork and broad experience in the global market, we will meet our customers' needs. We pay particular attention to career development for women, not only through strict policies on equal pay but also by actively encouraging the promotion of female employees.

In order to further promote women's participation in decision-making, as part of efforts to reflect diverse opinions and values in future management, Hitachi has set a goal for achieving a 10% ratio for female executive officers and corporate officers by fiscal 2020, up from the current 2.5%.

Case Study

Hitachi hosts an annual Global Women's Summit for female employees. The 2017 summit was held in the United States and included 120 employees from nine countries, representing 21 group companies.

The event featured keynote speeches from President and CEO Toshiaki Higashihara as well as external speakers and workshops on topics ranging from unconscious bias to individual career development.

Collaborative Creation17 PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Why It Matters Globally

A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector, and civil society. The UN Agenda, with its 17 SDGs, is universal and calls for action by all countries to ensure no one is left behind.

What We Believe

The needs of our customers and the issues confronting society today are constantly changing. Responding quickly and efficiently to these changes requires collaborative creation with customers and partners. We will work with government, public, and private sectors to address shared issues, exchange ideas, and create new value for society. Our goal is to contribute to the enhancement of people's quality of life and the development of a sustainable society.

Case Study

In 2016, Hitachi established “Hitachi The University of Tokyo Laboratory” to spearhead open innovation concepts combining ICT advancements and smart transformations. The Laboratory focuses on co-creation intended to realize the “Super Smart Society” (Society 5.0) idea put forward by the Japanese government. We have also established three other joint laboratories in Japan based upon shared belief in a need for innovations to resolve future societal issues.


Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Why It Matters Globally

Human rights are embedded throughout the 17 SDGs. Achieving the SDGs depends in part on reducing the negative impact of business activities on human rights across the whole value chain.

Human rights represent the most urgent sustainability priority for global companies, yet also the most challenging. Companies are expected to respect internationally recognized human rights in accordance with global standards like the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Respect for human rights is more than a “do no harm” principle. It also contributes to the achievement of all SDGs.

What We Believe

As our value chain expands on a global scale, Hitachi has encountered diverse working environments, business norms, and trade practices. The Hitachi Group Human Rights Policy, adopted in 2013, highlights our commitment to respecting human rights in our operations and business relationships. Based on this policy, we respect human rights through training, capacity-building, and embedding this principle throughout our business operations and activities. We believe our efforts will particularly contribute to the achievement of SDG 4, 5, 8 and 12.

Case Studies:

Raising Awareness

Hitachi carries out educational activities targeting all executives and employees under the leadership of top management. A human rights message from our President and CEO Toshiaki Higashihara is distributed every year on Human Rights Day, December 10.

Toward Better Business Conduct on Human Rights

In 2015, we conducted assessment and prioritization of human rights risks, along with analysis of existing procedures and exploration of ideas for improvement, in our procurement division. In 2016, we repeated this process for our human resources division. The results of those assessments will be used when considering specific and effective measures to mitigate risks.