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Ricoh’s Landmark Milestones for Reducing Climate Change Include a 35.8% Decrease of CO2 Emissions (March 2015) from Year 2000 Levels & Successful Forest Ecosystem Conservation Projects in Partnership with Environmental NGOs and Local Communities

Ricoh's Forest Ecosystem Conservation Project in Mexico: Mangrove propagules planting

The following video presents Ricoh’s Sustainable Environmental Management (2013):

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Ricoh has recently achieved landmark milestones in its commitment to finding new, innovative ways to enhance a more sustainable future.

Recent activities, milestones and pledges that support Ricoh’s efforts include:

  • Ricoh is committed to reducing the total lifecycle CO2 emissions of the Ricoh Group by 30% by 2020 and by 87.5% by 2050 from year 2000 levels. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, Ricoh achieved a successful decrease of 35.8%.
  • Ricoh has started a forest ecosystem conservation project in Mexico which is expected to spur the recovery of the wetland ecosystem, mitigate the damage caused by natural disasters, and improve the lives of local residents.

Forest Ecosystem Conservation Projects
Various life habitats exist and unique ecosystems are maintained in forests, lakes and ponds, coral reefs, and oceans. If these ecosystems are damaged, the natural environment that is indispensable for maintaining the life of human beings will be harmed. Ricoh places priority particularly on forest ecosystems with rich biodiversity and has been promoting forest ecosystem conservation projects since fiscal 1999 in partnership with environmental NGOs and local communities. Unlike simple afforestation, the main aims of these activities are to protect the habitats of indigenous species and the life of residents, and to establish a system for sustainable forestry management. The projects are financed by the social contribution reserve that Ricoh established to continuously carry out social contribution activities. Provided that approval is gained at the general shareholders’ meeting, 1% of Ricoh’s annual profit after deducting annual dividends is allocated for the reserve (up to ¥0.2 billion). The reserved fund is used for addressing multiple global issues, including global environment conservation and youth-related issues.
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http://www.ricoh.com/environment/biodiversity/contribution/forest_ecosystem.html

*NGOs (non-governmental organizations)
Steps to achieve the project goal

Steps to achieve the project goal

To read Ricoh’s Biodiversity Policy, please visit http://www.ricoh.com/environment/management/principle2.html .

PRESS RELEASE

Committed to reducing climate change, Ricoh delivers quantifiable milestones aimed to enhance a more sustainable society

Recent accolades and milestones help reinforce Ricoh’s strong focus on enhancing its sustainable management

MALVERN, PA, February 23, 2016Ricoh has recently achieved landmark milestones in its commitment to finding new, innovative ways to enhance a more sustainable future. These quantifiable actions, such as reducing its energy emissions by the equivalent of the carbon emissions from 6,500 passenger vehicles, demonstrate Ricoh’s dedication to continuously finding ways to improve lives and sustain our planet. In fact, Ricoh* has reduced its energy use emissions to a level that is now less than they were in 2010 while also activating other environmental corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.

Ricoh Group's Global Environmental Conservation

Ricoh Group’s Global Environmental Conservation

“Ricoh is committed to enhancing our environmental sustainability and impacting a more sustainable society as our new world of work evolves,” said Martin Brodigan, Chairman and CEO, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “The way we work today has changed from that of just five years ago – and a big part of that change is how organizations address sustainability. Ricoh has been dedicated to improving sustainability for 40 years, and we are proud to take this expertise and leverage it to help our customers reach their sustainability goals. It’s a cultural focus that we are extremely proud of, and one that we are continuing to see make a true impact on our society both locally and internationally.”

Ranging from international efforts such as being named the official partner of the United Nation’s COP21’s climate conference, to U.S. activities including supporting the White House’s American Business Act on Climate pledge and local accomplishments including the Wildlife at Work biodiversity conservation certification, Ricoh’s dedication to contributing to advancements in environmental sustainability is front and center. Recent activities, milestones and pledges that support Ricoh’s efforts include:

  • Ricoh is committed to reducing the total lifecycle CO2 emissions of the Ricoh Group by 30% by 2020 and by 87.5% by 2050 from year 2000 levels. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, Ricoh achieved a successful decrease of 35.8%.
  • Wildlife at Work certification In November 2015, the Wildlife Habitat Council(SM) awarded Ricoh with its Conservation Certification which recognizes corporate conservation efforts. Ricoh’s West Caldwell, NJ office’s Pollinator Gardens has been a constant staple at the facility since April 2012 when WHC biologists surveyed the property. From the fall of 2013, a dedicated team of Ricoh employees, all seeking to help build a more sustainable environment volunteered to plant, monitor, water and weed the garden.
  • Ricoh has joined the U.S. EPA SmartWay® Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry that provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods movement supply chain. As a member of this program, Ricoh will contribute to the Partnership’s savings of 144.3 million barrels of oil, $20.6 billion in fuel costs, 61.7 MMT of carbon dioxide, 1,070,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 43,000 tons of particulate matter, the equivalent of taking 13 million cars off of the road.
  • Ricoh has been recognized as an outstanding company in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) through CDP, the international NPO that drives sustainable economies. This recognition demonstrates that Ricoh comprehensively discloses information such as the calculation and management of emissions, climate change strategy, and the process and the results of risk management.
  • In the U.S., Ricoh joined other businesses and consumers to celebrate ENERGY STAR Day, which recognizes the commitment to save energy and protect the planet. The company encouraged employees, customers, partners and family members to take a pledge to reduce carbon emissions. As a result, Ricoh secured nearly 1,400 pledges, one of the top contributors to the overall ENERGY STAR campaign.
  • Green Excellence in Partnership award recipient – The Coalition for Government Procurement named Ricoh the winner of its prestigious Green Excellence in Partnership award in October 2015. This program recognizes individuals in the procurement community who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to improving the federal acquisition system.
  • All Ricoh manufacturing and production sites worldwide are certified ISO 14001 for their environmental management system.
  • Ricoh has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for three years in a row, obtaining the industry best score in four categories: “Innovation Management,” “Privacy Protection,” “Environmental Policy/Management System” and “Climate Strategy.”
  • Ricoh has been featured in the FTSE4Good Index for the past 11 years.
  • Ricoh has started a forest ecosystem conservation project in Mexico which is expected to spur the recovery of the wetland ecosystem, mitigate the damage caused by natural disasters, and improve the lives of local residents.
Mangrove propagules planting: Image Courtesy of Ricoh

Mangrove propagules planting: Image Courtesy of Ricoh

Ricoh’s Long History of Commitment to Achieving Enhanced Sustainability
Ricoh has been a dedicated advocate to supporting the development of a more sustainable society for 40 years when Ricoh announced the establishment of its Environmental Promotion Section in 1976.

Ricoh has strived to achieve a balance between the Planet (the environment), People (society) and Profit (economic activities). To achieve this goal, the Ricoh Group follows a number of activities to reduce the environmental impact on the planet exercised by resource extraction, energy use or the release of chemicals, and participates in activities to protect biodiversity.

For more information about Ricoh’s dedication to enhancing sustainability, please visit this website.

*Carbon emissions reduction refers to overall results from the Ricoh Group.

About Ricoh
Ricoh is a global technology company that has been transforming the way people work for more than 80 years. Under its corporate tagline – imagine. change. – Ricoh continues to empower companies and individuals with services and technologies that inspire innovation, enhance sustainability and boost business growth. These include document management systems, IT services, production print solutions, digital cameras, and industrial systems. 

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in over 190 countries. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com

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