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At Hitachi High-Tech, we aim to be a company that is trusted by all of our stakeholders, and to contribute to the progress of society through business activities based around value creation through high-tech solutions. Our management is trusted as fair and transparent, and in addition to continual growth, we value "harmony with the environment," and endeavor to create a vibrant society as a corporate citizen that fulfills its social responsibilities with enthusiasm and pride.
The Guidelines are intended to guide our actions for addressing environmental conservation in relation to our business activities.
In order to realize an environmentally harmonious and sustainable society through products and services, Hitachi High-Tech Corporation is committed to meeting its social responsibilities by promoting globally-applicable "MONOZUKURI" (designing, manufacturing or repairing of products), which is aimed at reducing environmental burdens of products throughout their entire life cycles, ensuring global environmental conservation.
An environmental management promotion organization is in place, covering the entire Hitachi High-Tech Group, for the purpose of strengthening environmental management and promoting efficient environmental activities.
In order to promote efficient environmental activity, each domestic Group company has been classified according to their type of business into one of three blocks (sales, manufacturing, and services). In addition, the Environmental Strategy Manager for the Hitachi High-Tech Group, who oversees the entire Group's environmental activities, has additionally appointed an Environment Promotion Manager for each block and is engaged in setting up environmental management organizations, establishing action policies, and so on for the respective blocks.
The purpose of the Environmental Committee is to formulate strategic policy and measures for the environmental field in general at the Hitachi High-Tech Group as well as to take steps to minimize environmental risks and the risks of chemical substances in products. To that end, the Committee strengthens governance and shares information. We are building the organizational structure to implement more fine-grained administration of the entirety of our environmental activities. This includes the establishment of an Environmental Strategy Subcommittee and a Global Environment Sales Subcommittee under the Committee, and a Working-Level Conference on the Environment with membership made up from the offices directly engaged in environmental activities at each site. The position of Environmental Committee chair is taken by the senior executive responsible for environmental management. The chair makes decisions on those matters in deliberation that have an impact on business and on those matters that raise issues for internal control, and the chair reports on these to the Internal Control Management Committee. Other duties are to identify climate change risks that affect business operations, act on the basis of risk assessment to classify risks for treatment as priority issues or for continuous monitoring, and promote measures to address them.
With regard to Contributing to a Sustainable Global Environment, which is one of the materiality issues for the Hitachi High-Tech Group, proposals and plans are also formulated for specific policies and plans for (1) realizing a decarbonized society, (2) realizing a recycling-oriented society, and (3) realizing a society in harmony with nature. The results from each site are evaluated and the findings are used to obtain the benefit of still further effects. In addition, important matters relating to environmental strategy are discussed in the Sustainability Promotion Committee, which is chaired by the President and has directors and executive officers as its members.
For each domestic region and each business site of our Group companies, including those located overseas, we are establishing voluntary standards that are more stringent than required by their national or regional regulations and we are working toward compliance with those standards. In addition, we endeavor to prevent environmental accidents by identifying latent environmental risks and checking our compliance with environmental legislation through reciprocal environmental audits.
As for risk management for product manufacturing and services, we conduct periodic provisions of information and on-site instruction through the Environmental Strategy Subcommittee.
We will continue to promote the further reduction of environmental regulatory risks by identifying business processes with a high degree of environmental regulatory risk at our divisions and Group companies and by making improvements.
With regard to the environmental laws that our domestic bases are subject to, we have been managing the distribution of information on revisions and compliance assessment thorough the Environmental Legislation Management System, which we developed in-house in FY2014.
Regarding risk management for sales transactions by overseas Group companies, we are working to reduce risk by sharing and disseminating information at the Global Environment Sales Subcommittee, which is a corporate function. From FY2019, we have taken steps for the purpose of reducing risks in the business transactions of our overseas Group companies by using the functions of the Japan-oriented Environmental Legislation Management System to effectively disseminate shared information on revisions and regulatory trends that is relevant to business operations by Group companies in other countries in a timely manner. In this way we are working to grasp the status of regulatory compliance in our overseas Group companies. Going forward, we will improve the operation of this system and promote further risk reduction.
The Hitachi High-Tech Group will keep endeavoring to buttress environmental management throughout the Group, aiming to avoid and mitigate business risks as we accelerate global business development including through M&A.
In FY2020, there were no serious legal violations related to the environment.
Organizational Chart of the Environment Committee and Affiliated Subcommittees