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At Hitachi High-Technologies, 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-Technologies 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 Technologies 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 on-going purpose of the Environment Committee is to formulate overall strategy for the environmental field in Hitachi High-Tech and its Group as well as to minimize environmental risks and risks related to chemical substances contained in products. There are several subcommittees operating under the committee, which conduct environmental activities in a more detailed manner.
The chairman of the Environment Committee will be the officer in charge of environmental management. The chairman determines matters under deliberation that affect operations and matters that are dealt with as internal control issues, and reports to the Internal Control Management Committee. The chairman also identifies climate change risks that impact the business operations of Hitachi High-Tech Group, classifies the risks as priority issues or items for continuing monitoring on the basis of risk assessments, and promotes responses accordingly.
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.
In FY2018, we invited environmental managers and working-level personnel from overseas manufacturing sites that have larger environmental burdens to come for environmental activity networking events we held at our Kasado Division. With this measure, we aimed to further raise the level of environmental management. Going forward, 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. In FY2019, we will customize the Environmental Legislation Management System, which has been domestically oriented, and move forward with the distribution and management of environmental regulatory information obtained from every country by the Environmental Management Department. The purpose of this is to reduce risks involved in business transactions by overseas Group companies.
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 FY2018, there were no serious legal violations related to the environment.
Organizational Chart of the Environment Committee and Affiliated Subcommittees