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Governance and CSR Management

Our Approach to CSR

CSR Basic Policy

Hitachi Chemical has established the Hitachi Chemical Group Identity, a globally shared structure of our philosophy and values, to strengthen our group’s teamwork beyond regions and business fields. The Group has had the mission of "contributing to society through the development of superior technologies and products" on the basis of Hitachi's founding values of "Pioneering Spirit," "Sincerity" and "Harmony," with the aim of realizing the Hitachi Chemical Group Vision.

Hitachi Chemical's Standards of Corporate Conduct, which was established in 1983, which in addition to the above philosophy declares the following: "We implement our commitment to corporate activities in justice and transparency. We strive as a responsible corporate citizen toward bringing about a prosperous society, through enhanced harmony with environmental conservation and social contribution." Amid growing attention placed on corporate CSR activities, the Hitachi Chemical Group Code of Conduct was established in 2010. Under the leadership of top management, we will thoroughly implement these Standards to ensure that all our business activities are conducted on the basis of corporate ethics and compliance, in accordance with “Basics and Ethics.”

Hitachi Chemical's Standards of Corporate Conduct

Hitachi Chemical is fully aware of its mission and the role it should play,
and with the aspiration of sustaining its growth and dynamism as a truly global enterprise, we hereby declare its standards of corporate conduct as follows.

■ Basic Policy

Hitachi Chemical, which became independent from Hitachi Ltd. in October 1962 as a separate entity, enhances Hitachi's founding principles of harmony, sincerity, and pioneering spirit.

And we take resolute pride to be "The people"(people of Hitachi Chemical) and contribute to the society in which we are taking part through the development of superior, original technologies and products with untiring and creative efforts.

We fully recognize that a company is a member of a society where it belongs.

We implement our commitment to corporate activities in justice and transparency.

We strive as a responsible corporate citizen toward bringing about a prosperous society, through enhanced harmony with environmental conservation and social contribution.

■ Action Guidelines

  1. 1.The people shall at all times behave with the spirit of working in harmony for a close collaboration within the Hitachi Chemical Group as well as the Hitachi Group, while endeavoring to create mutual understanding and ties of friendship with all nations of the world.
  2. 2.The people shall strive to develop advanced, highly reliable technologies and products to meet the requirements of customers with integrity so as to ascertain accurately the changing needs of the global market.
  3. 3.With the pioneering spirit, the people shall work to take an initiative role in research and development activities in the world.
  4. 4.The people shall act to cultivate their knowledge for capacity building, but at the same time they shall act according to the rule of law and corporate ethics.
  5. 5.Employees shall at all times observe a fair and orderly principle of competition.
  6. 6.Employees shall give full respect to the value of business and technical information possessed by other companies. And at the same time, they shall be fully conscious of the value of Hitachi Chemical's business and technical information, and shall work carefully towards establishing a strict and vigorous system of information management.
  7. 7.The people shall understand that maintaining global peace and security is crucial for improving both credibility of Japanese industries and the nation. Therefore, they shall strive to comply with laws and regulations relating to international trade at the same time.
  8. 8.The people in the management positions of Hitachi Chemical shall, in accordance with this standards of conduct, take the initiative and provide appropriate guidance to their staff, thereby to facilitate the conduct of corporate business affairs, and shall also work toward creating a vigorous working environment in which correct workplace discipline is maintained and employee morale is raised.

The Hitachi Chemical Group Codes of Conduct and the Code of Conduct Handbook

In 2010, the Hitachi Chemical Group established the Hitachi Chemical Group Codes of Conduct, a set of specific standards of behavior applicable to all employees. The Codes set forth actions and rules that must be followed by all employees of the Hitachi Chemical Group. Under the leadership of top management, we will thoroughly implement these Standards to ensure that all our business activities are conducted on the basis of corporate ethics and compliance, in accordance with “Basics and Ethics.”

In 2012, we drafted a handbook for the Hitachi Chemical Group Codes of Conduct so that each and every employee can gain a deeper understanding of the Codes, how to ensure that the contents of the Codes are reflected in their daily responsibilities and community life, and how to rigorously uphold them. The handbook is distributed to all employees of the Hitachi Chemical Group. It was first issued in Japanese, English, and Chinese (simplified and traditional Chinese), and in 2016 a Vietnamese version was added.

The handbook contains easy-to-understand explanations of all items in the Codes of Conduct, providing specific examples and explaining the Hitachi Chemical Group’s CSR organization, ISO 26000, the Global Compact, and other related documents, so that employees can refer to it for help in clarifying any doubts or questions they may have about the behavior expected of them as a company employee. Furthermore, to serve as a practical daily tool, the handbook uses illustrations describing case studies of compliance issues that could arise to alert its readers. The handbook also has a self-evaluation page for reflecting on one’s own attitudes and behavior over the past year to check whether it violated any part of the Codes of Conduct.

During Hitachi Chemical Group Corporate Ethics and Compliance Month (October of every year), we raise awareness of compliance by having employees read through the handbook, hold meetings in their workplaces to deliberate case studies, and do self-evaluation to review their own attitudes and behaviors.

Hitachi Chemical Group CSR Handbook in Japanese, English and Chinese (simplified and traditional Chinese)
Hitachi Chemical Group CSR Handbook in Japanese,
English and Chinese (simplified and traditional Chinese)

CSR Policy of the Hitachi Chemical Group

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Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
The Hitachi Chemical Group, including all its executives and employees, recognizes CSR as a vital part of corporate activity and is fully committed to carrying out its social responsibility in accordance with this CSR Policy for the sustainable development of society and business.

2

Contribution to Society through our Business
The Hitachi Chemical Group will contribute to realization of a prosperous and vibrant society by providing safe, high-quality products and services through business activities based on its superior research, technology and product development.

3

Disclosure of Information and Stakeholder Engagement
The Hitachi Chemical Group will disclose information of legitimacy and transparency in order to maintain and develop a relationship of trust with its various stakeholders, and act responsibly towards them through various means of communication.

4

Corporate Ethics and Human Rights
The Hitachi Chemical Group will undertake its business based on the principles of fairness and sincerity, act with the utmost respect for human rights and pursue a high standard of corporate ethics in the global business environment encompassing diverse cultures, morals, ethics, and legal systems.

5

Environmental Conservation
The Hitachi Chemical Group will strive to minimize environmental footprints and utilize resources towards the development of a sustainable society that is in harmony with the environment.

6

Corporate Citizenship Activities
The Hitachi Chemical Group will promote social contribution activities as a good corporate citizen in order to realize a better society.

7

Working Environment
The Hitachi Chemical Group will make every effort to create a pleasant and motivating working environment for all its employees and to fully support those employees who are capable of carrying out self-fulfillment and self-development through their work.

8

Responsible Partnership with Business Partners
The Hitachi Chemical Group will make every effort to promote fair and sound business practices among our business partners by fostering a common awareness of social responsibility.

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