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Our commitment to Human Rights

Sustainability 2030 is our strategic plan for sustainability. Based around four pillars: Planet, People, Peace and Partnerships, our strategy draws from the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where each pillar has corresponding targets that drive our business to contribute to social, environmental and economic value.

We believe that to advance a sustainable energy future, we must put people at the heart of what we do. Hitachi Energy is committed to our responsibility to respect human rights along our value chain and this is reflected in our codes of conduct and policies. 

Our salient human rights issues

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) defines salient human rights issues as 'the human rights that are at risk of the most severe negative impacts through a company’s activities or business relationships.'

Identifying our salient human rights issues helps us prioritize how we address human rights impacts across our operations and extended value chain. After an extensive process involving wide-ranging consultation within and beyond our business, we have identified the following salient issues:

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Supply Chain
• Health, Safety & Integrity
• Child labor
• Modern slavery
• Forced labor
Own operations
• Health, Safety & Integrity
• Working conditions
• Freedom of association & collective bargain
• Living conditions in projects
• Discrimination & harassment

Customer-related business
• Health, Safety & Integrity
• Child labor
• Modern slavery
• Nature and cultural impacts
• Population displacement
• Occupied territories
• Forced labor

To ensure that salient human rights risks are understood and managed across Hitachi Energy, we mapped existing processes and tools that support the mitigation of those risks. We identified areas for improvement and we are currently working on action plans with the collaboration of various internal functions such as Legal and Integrity, HR, Supply Chain or Risk Management – to monitor and minimize those risks. We plan to regularly communicate and report our progress in those actions plans.