In 2015, the United Nations announced 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030, including goals for ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change.
Combined with our mission to contribute to society through our products and services, the diversity of Hitachi’s operational focuses positions the company well to make a broad contribution to achieving the SDGS.
We have identified the 5 SDGs where we believe we can have the biggest impact through our business strategy.
Water stress is now considered one of the five greatest global risks to society. One in nine people lack access to safely managed water, and this scarcity is compounded by continued urbanisation and industrialisation.
By developing sustainable water infrastructure in conjunction with our customers and the communities we share, we can improve operation al efficiency, reduce competition for resource, and bring water security to all.
Energy is vital to all aspects of modern life, and is the force behind socio-economic growth. However, over a billion people still lack access to electricity, and much of the energy produced globally remains both carbon- and labour-intensive.
Our smart energy infrastructure combines advanced technology and social innovation to deliver innovative solutions from demand response to microgrids and virtual power plants, ensuring that energy is efficiently delivered when it is needed.
Accessible, robust infrastructure networks help mobilise materials and labour, supporting more equitable wealth distribution and social mobility.
We believe that technological advances will help connect and empower OT and IT systems, improving efficiency and saving energy and cost. Innovation like this will help raise quality of life worldwide by reforming and scaling every possible process.
In 2030 six out of ten people will live in urban environments. Not only will space be at a premium, residents of citites are likely to be impacted by climate change and are more sensitive to the social impact of poor civic planning.
Hitachi believes that transportation plays an integral role in making cities hospitable and creating the ideal environment for people to live and work in.
These six SDGs cut across all areas of Hitachi’s business and management strategy and form our corporate commitment to society.
Education is the key to achieving many other SDGs and empowering people everywhere to live healthier, more sustainable lives.
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.
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.
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%.
Our employees are valued partners who play a vital role in sustaining our business. We believe the cornerstone of a sound and mutually beneficial relationship between employees and the company, and the motive force for sustainable growth, is to provide proper working conditions for employees and to build a framework for the maximization of their potential by providing safe and fulfilling work.
In addition in carrying out our business we recognise human rights as a key management issue and will respect the human rights of all stakeholders, including our own employees and across the supply chain.
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 labour and other human rights violations, occupational health and safety issues, and corrupt practices in the value chain.
We have distributed the Guidelines to approximately 30,000 Hitachi Group suppliers to ensure that they understand our approach toward the environment and society.
Climate change 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.
In addition to providing low carbon, energy efficient products and services, Hitachi is also looking at ways to reduce carbon emissions within its supply chain.
A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector, and civil society.
Hitachi believes that co-creation can support the development of innovative new products in an increasingly complex world. By bringing stakeholders directly into the innovation process, from customers to suppliers, and even competitors, co-creation is a crucial strategy for any organisation that wants to deliver true value through innovation – for the business, for their customers, and for society at large.
Hitachi’s environmental vision is to pass on a prosperous planet to future generations.
To achieve this, Hitachi realises that all society needs to be, low carbon, resource efficient and harmonised with nature.
Our Environmental Vision programmes map out our environmental plans for the next 15 and 25 years.
Diversity & inclusion at Hitachi in Europe means that our whole workforce is engaged and enabled to work in a way that is beneficial to both the business and individual employees.
A workplace environment is created so that all people are involved, feel a sense of belonging and are respected, regardless of their diversity characteristics.