The SDGs are not just a blueprint but a comprehensive action plan for businesses, governments, and communities to support the shared prosperity of people and the planet. Organizations are expected to develop long-term frameworks and take ownership of this push for sustainability to realize the SDGs and create a better world.
In fiscal 2017 Executive Sustainability Committee meetings chaired by President and CEO Toshiaki Higashihara, the committee members considered the 17 SDGs, and the opportunities and risks they represented, and identified the 11 Goals that pose the most important social challenges for Hitachi: 5 Goals where Hitachi can make significant impact through its business strategy, and 6 additional Goals relevant to its corporate commitment to society, cutting across all areas of business and management strategy to affect Hitachi's very sustainability as a company. Embracing the belief that Hitachi can contribute broadly to the achievement of the SDGs through a wide range of business activities, the company is also investigating options for supporting the remaining six Goals in the short to medium term. We are committed to supporting efforts to reach all SDGs, both directly and indirectly, especially in terms of the interaction and interdependence between them.
By proactively responding to social issues, Hitachi contributes to the achievement of all SDGs through its responsible corporate conduct and its Social Innovation Business.
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.
Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc., a global leader in the electron microscope industry, has collaborated with national organizations and change leaders in education and workforce development to design a program that provides an opportunity to incorporate a hands on project based experience for learning electron microscopy in the classroom. The outreach program loans a tabletop scanning electron microscope to educators to explore the Nano World. The Hitachi Inspire STEM Program’s goal is to inspire a new generation of achievement in science education and to ensure that students have the skills they need to meet the evolving demands of the workforce. Learn more about this program and initiative by visiting www.inspirestemeducation.us.
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 High Technologies America (HTA) officially launched the Women in Hitachi project in 2018. This committee was established by the grassroots effort of seven female employees from different divisions at HTA who felt a strong passion to promote the sense of unity, diversity, and inclusion at HTA as well as to provide support for career growth and development. The concept of diversity and inclusion is one of the key elements of today’s society. Diversity is about difference. Inclusiveness is about leveraging differences to achieve better results. Creating an environment where all people feel, and are, valued and able to bring their differences together works towards building success. With this concept, they established the mission statement: “Shape the future of Hitachi businesswomen by providing opportunities for development, fostering valuable connections, and facilitating member success through business and career growth.”
Within HTA, the Women in Hitachi committee is focused on three pillars: Inform, Network and Advance. This is done by organizing lunch and learn seminars, mentorship programs, guest speaker events, and newsletters. Throughout these Hitachi activities, the committee achieved the following objectives: sharing the importance of diversity and inclusion to our own employees, promoting the empowerment of female employees’ career growth and development, and introducing Hitachi’s brand name as a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion.
Decent work and economic growth are important drivers of our global economy. Increasing employment opportunities, especially for the younger generation, promoting a safe working environment and decreasing the gender pay gap are ways to ensure decent work. At the same time, higher productivity through technological developments and innovation can contribute to economic growth.
Read about Hitachi’s global contribution to Decent Work and Economic Growth here.
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.
Waupaca Foundry, Inc., a Hitachi group company, creates new products out of recycled steel and iron at seven foundry locations. Acquired by Hitachi Metals Ltd. (Tokyo) in 2014, Waupaca Foundry and Hitachi share a long-term commitment to sustainability. The Foundry implemented a 10- year sustainability program in 2010. This award-winning program has a long list of accomplishments including a reduction of its energy intensity by 19.5%, a 64.3% reduction of total water use and waste reduction with over 70% of byproducts avoiding the landfill entirely. In 2017, one of Waupaca’s locations received the accredited ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification – the first U.S. metalcasting facility to do so. The three locations in Waupaca, Wisconsin, have collectively been named Modern Casting’s 2018 Metalcaster of the Year for significant sustainability accomplishments.
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.
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 low-carbon society, a resource efficient society, and a harmonized society with nature.
Read more about Hitachi’s Environmental Vision here.
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.
Read more about Hitachi’s contribution to Partnership for the Goals here.
A healthy population is the foundation of a sustainable, prosperous society. 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. If universal health coverage is to be achieved, a strong commitment is needed to ensure that everyone can access healthcare of the highest standard.
Hitachi is dedicated to advancing the quality of healthcare for society, our industry, our clients and the communities they serve. We do this by designing, developing and delivering some of the world’s leading medical technologies and information solutions to improve healthcare efficiency and effectiveness
Hitachi provides caregivers with cutting-edge technologies such as state-of-the-art Particle Therapy equipment. Particle Therapy is considered the most advanced form of radiation therapy, improving care for cancer patients and having a positive impact on patient quality of life both during and after treatment.
We also deliver cloud-based, data-driven digital health solutions that provide actionable insights to treat patients with chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases. With Hitachi’s VidiStar cloud-based image management and analytics platform, healthcare professionals are supported with customizable structured reports and advanced analytics for improved communication that fosters values-based care. Through artificial intelligence (AI), analytics and IoT, practitioners can make more proactive and informed decisions to improve patient outcomes.
Water is critical to the survival of people and the planet, putting water quality, water sustainability, hygiene, and access to sanitation at the very core of sustainable development. 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 continuing urbanization and industrialization. It is clear that only through the combined effort of all stakeholders will effective water management and sanitation be achieved.
Read about Hitachi’s global contribution to Clean Water and Sanitation here.
Energy is vital to all aspects of modern life and has a large influence on an organization’s long-term sustainability and bottom line. Consequently, organizations are targeting innovative data and information centric strategies to manage these impacts. These strategies pave the way for Smart Building approaches that leverage advancements in technology, like machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), as well as the Internet of Things (IoT). This innovation provides unprecedented data analytics that drives new actionable insights for sustainability teams, facility managers, and building occupants.
To entice customers to not “cut the cord,” a major U.S. cable operator constantly increases speeds and enhances services. But every extra bit of data that travels over the network also increases energy consumption. The company knew that without action, energy demand in its thousands of edge facilities and plants would exceed supply at some point. Energy consumption had become an existential cost and threat to the organization. The cable operator engaged Hitachi Consulting to provide smart energy services to monitor usage for its edge facilities—part of the Hitachi Energy Solution.
During the pilot, Hitachi leveraged a cloud-based IoT platform called the Hitachi Smart Energy Platform to collect, monitor, and analyze energy data from HVAC equipment in edge facilities. An intuitive dashboard showed which assets were working efficiently and which can be further optimized driving actionable insights for the customer and inevitably reducing energy consumption. That’s healthy for the planet, good for the bottom line, and attractive to a new generation of data centric and connected consumers.
Sustainable industrial development is a core driver of environmental protection, economic development, and social stability. More efficient, less energy-intensive industries and services reduce resource dependency and minimize impact on the environment. Robust infrastructure networks help mobilize materials and labor, supporting more equitable wealth distribution and social mobility.
Read more about Hitachi’s contribution to Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure here.
In 2030, six out of ten people will live in urban environments. Not only will space be at a premium, residents of cities are more likely to be impacted by climate change and more sensitive to the social impact of poor civic planning. Cities are often seen as incubators for innovation and key drivers for sustainable development, and effective management is needed to make the world's urban spaces safe, inclusive, and resilient for all.
Read more about Hitachi’s contribution to Sustainable Cities and Communities here.
“Through its diverse range of current and future business activities, Hitachi will contribute significantly to resolving social and environmental issues and establishing an inclusive, harmonious, and prosperous world. To achieve this, we will continue to promote innovative solutions and collaborative creation with our business partners and stakeholders. At the same time, through responsible corporate conduct, we will reduce and mitigate negative impacts on people and the global environment and actively contribute to achieving global targets like the Sustainable Development Goals.”
This is what "Sustainability" means to Hitachi.
—Toshiaki Higashihara, President & CEO, Hitachi, Ltd.