Hitachi Chemical

News Release

October 8, 2014
Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.

Selected for the DJSI AP and the MSCI Global

Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Tokyo; President & CEO: Kazuyuki Tanaka) was chosen as a constituent for the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI AP) and the MSCI Global Sustainability Indexes (MSCI Global), which are both major global socially responsible investment indexes.

The DJSI Asia Pacific is a new index implemented in January 2009 as one of the SRI indexes series that has been developed jointly by the United States' Dow Jones & Company, Switzerland's RobecoSAM, and STOXX Limited. The index evaluates the sustainability of 600 major companies based in the Asia-Pacific region from economic, environmental, and social perspectives, and selects companies that are ranked in the top 20 percent. Hitachi Chemical has been selected for six years in a row since 2009.

MSCI Global was designed by MSCI of the US. Companies with high ESG ratings relative to sector peers are selected as constituents. Until this year, companies chosen for the index were undisclosed; however, beginning 2014, MSCI has been notifying companies included into the index and is allowing them to independently announce their selection to the index.

To achieve sustainable development supported by the trust of stakeholders, businesses must fulfill their corporate social responsibility. Driven by our selection to these two leading global SRI indexes, we aim to further fortify areas such as compliance (both legal and ethical), corporate governance, environmental preservation and social contribution activities. In addition, we plan to contribute to the achievement of a prosperous and energetic society through our business activities and the development of new products.

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Major SRI indices that include Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.

Major SRI indices that include Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (ROBECO SAM Group) Switzerland, etc. Since April 2009
FTSE4Good Global Index Series
(FTSE Group)
U.K. Since March 2004
Morningstar SRI Index
(Morningstar Japan K.K.)
Japan Since September 2006
MSCI Global Sustainability Index US Announced September 2014