It is with great pleasure I can announce that Hitachi Solutions Europe has won the Sustainability award at the 2020 Global Hitachi Inspiration of the Year Awards for our incredible work developing the Vulnerability Hub within the UK Public Sector.
The Inspiration of the Year Global Award recognises remarkable activities that contribute to enhancing Hitachi Brand's value by demonstrating the Hitachi Group Identity. This award aims to nurture a "One Hitachi" mindset by sharing examples of activities that improve the quality of life and add values for customers through demonstrating the Hitachi Group Identity.
In a simple structure the Hitachi Group Identity expresses our principles such as “Hitachi's crucial values” and “what Hitachi aims to become in the future”. As the Hitachi Group becomes more globalized and diverse, the Hitachi Group Identity unifies the company and its hundreds of thousands of employees.
Originally set by Hitachi founder Namihei Odaira, the Mission has been carefully passed on to generations of employees and stakeholders throughout the company's 110-year history. The Values (Harmony, Sincerity & Pioneering Spirit) reflect the Hitachi Founding Spirit, which was shaped by the achievements of our company predecessors as they worked hard to fulfil Hitachi's Mission. The Vision has been created based on the Mission and Values. It is an expression of what the Hitachi Group aims to become in the future as it advances to its next stage of growth.
Steve French, CEO and Executive Vice President, Hitachi Solutions Europe commented: “I am incredibly proud of our team, who’s response to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 crisis was to think outside the box, and envisage an application to support councils across the UK with their need to care for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable citizens.
Not only did they accomplish that, but they worked around the clock from the moment the UK went into lockdown to deliver a viable solution within a few days which could be enhanced and adapted for each council’s unique circumstances. It’s a true reflection of Hitachi’s mission and social purpose how quickly the team came together, and how people volunteered to work long nights, and weekends around the clock to get the software into the hands of the workers on the front-line in the battle against Coronavirus.”
Hans Deams, Group Public Affairs Officer, Hitachi Europe, Ltd. added: “In 2020, we launched a new category the “Sustainability Award”. This category was put in place to recognise a project that has delivered a strong sustainability outcome for their business internally or externally. I believe the Hitachi Solutions team have successfully made a positive impact on society, whilst still displaying our company values, through this project.”
Our initial Vulnerability Hub has since enabled the development of further solutions including localised Test and Trace and Return to Work that are now supporting an estimated 2 million citizens across the UK. This award isn’t just a reflection of our commitment and expertise within Local Government, but the true teamwork and collaboration involving over 30 UK Councils and our friends at Microsoft UK.