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In order to achieve the "harmony with the environment" referred to in the basic philosophy, we have established the Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation Guidelines for Environmental Action, which comprise our medium to long-term vision, and the entire Group is promoting environmental management accordingly.
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.
Each Group company has been divided their business into 3 blocks according to the type of business; namely, sales, manufacturing, and services, to promote efficient environmental activities. The Environmental Strategy Manager for the entire Group oversees all of the Group' s environmental activities, and has appointed an Environment Promotion Manager for each block, as well as setting up an environmental management organization and establishing an action policy, etc., for each block.
The purpose of the Environment Committee is to conduct operational management and improvement, and 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.
We work toward compliance by dividing domestic divisions and Group companies, including those located overseas, into business blocks, and creating internal standards for each company that are more stringent than the regulations in that country or region. 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 provision of information, on-site instruction, and auditing through the Environmental Strategy Subcommittee. In FY2017, we held environmental activity networking events at overseas manufacturing sites, aiming to raise the level of environmental management. In FY2018, we will strive to further reduce legal risks by making improvements and identifying business processes with a high degree of legal risk at divisions and Group companies. With regard to environmental laws to which our domestic bases are subject, since FY2014 we have been managing the distribution of information on revisions and compliance assessment thorough the Environmental Legislation Management System, which was developed in-house. From FY2018, we will endeavor to reinforce legislation management by adding features to the system such as ordinance management and incident alerts, while striving to make more efficient use of the system.
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 FY2017, we met in Japan with employees from overseas Group companies to share compliance-related issues and strengthen our ties.
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 FY2017, there were no serious legal violations related to the environment.
Organizational Chart of the Environment Committee and Affiliated Subcommittees