Sustainability

Since its founding, Hitachi’s heritage has been rooted in delivering products and services that answer society’s challenges. Sustainability is not only at the heart of the Hitachi Group Identity, it’s inherent in the way we do business and in the products and services we provide.

Sustainable Development Goals

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. 

 

 

Business Strategy

We have identified the 5 SDGs where we believe we can have the biggest impact through our business strategy.  

Connected Healthcare: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages

Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy worldwide, but more effort is needed to eradicate diseases and address persistent and emerging health issues. 
 
A global shift in healthcare is required to create a next-generation system offering smart universal care that remains affordable to all. Combining digital technologies with IoT and advanced analytics will bring medical innovation into a new generation of cost-effective, value-based healthcare. 
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Proton Beam Therapy
The world’s most powerful open MRI

Recognizing the Value of Water: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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.

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Smart water network in Italy
Saving Water for Hilton Istanbul

Powering Change: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, Sustainable, modern energy for 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.

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Smart Energy Islands – the Isles of Scilly
Storing renewable energy

Partnering for Innovation: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation

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. 

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Our open IoT platform
Optimising machinery with the IoT

Building Communities: Make Cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable

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.

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Improving trains with the IoT
Class 385 trains for Scotland

Corporate Commitments

These six SDGs cut across all areas of Hitachi’s business and management strategy and form our corporate commitment to society.

Quality Education

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.

Career at HRE
Hitachi Consulting Graduates

Gender Equality

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%.

Investing in gender diversity

Decent Work and Economic Growth

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. 

Hitachi's Value for Italy report

Responsible consumption and production

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.

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Climate Action

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. 

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Partnerships for the goals

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.

Co-Creation for Social Innovation
Co-creating the future

Our Environmental Vision

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

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.

Accelerating strategy through D&I