Hitachi is a Japanese multinational corporation specializing in high-technology and services. It was founded in 1910 as an electrical repair shop. Today, Hitachi is the third largest technological company by revenue as of 2009.
Hitachi’s European CSR team carried out a survey across the 27 Hitachi business groups in Europe in 2009 which indicated that most businesses had a low number of female employees, particularly at the management and senior management levels. The results also showed that many business groups were below best practice in terms of ensuring that human rights are respected among employees and suppliers. The European Diversity and Human Rights project was launched to go beyond compliance and realise the business benefits of addressing these key issues.