Ricoh Helping to Lead the Way to Zero Impact Growth
Global consulting firm Deloitte has recognised Ricoh as one of the top global organisations ready for a 'green and inclusive economy'. The consulting firm researched the sustainability activities of 65 leading companies in 10 industries, for its first 'Zero Impact Growth Monitor 2012'.Only six companies made the grade, less than 10 per cent from the total sample taken. The report says that these organizations reached a level on which they are ready to take radical steps to transform their industries towards a 'green economy'. It also highlights the fact that the majority of the other companies are still vague about their strategic growth ambition.
Ricoh is identified as reaching the Ecosystem level of sustainable business, joined by five other powerful global names, Puma, Nike, Nestlé, Unilever and Natura. This achievement means it is recognised as one of the pioneering companies that have set measureable and ambitious mid- to long-term targets beyond 2020. It has also embedded its sub-policies in a holistic strategic vision of its attempt to minimise its negative environmental and societal impacts. Furthermore it was pointed out that a business in the Ecosystem level has to be in the process of establishing sustainable business ecosystems and creating truly shared value by also involving its suppliers and other stakeholders in its actions.
Ricoh said it has been focused on minimising its natural and societal impact for many years. It was Ricoh's founder, Kiyoshi Ichimura that first acknowledged the importance of CSR (Corporate social responsibility) for the company more than 70 years ago. He made a commitment to social sustainability in every aspect of Ricoh's business activities to innovate on behalf of its customers and to pursue sustainable business practices. Today Ricoh maintains that it strives to be a company people are proud to work for, going beyond compliance to encourage responsible growth wherever possible. By linking its commitment to forward-thinking business strategies, it promotes development that is profitable and sustainable at customer sites as well as its own operations.
Chas Moloney, director, Ricoh UK and Ireland, commented: "Ricoh has set long term reduction targets to 2050, whereby, the Ricoh Group is committed to reducing the total lifecycle CO2 emissions from FY2000 level by 87.5%. In Ireland and the U.K., we are very much on target at this stage by being continually proactive and innovative in terms of our sustainable activities. To be recognised by Deloitte as one of the global leaders in this area is testament to all the hard work being carried out by the entire Ricoh team."
Ricoh's ethos to go beyond simply meeting regulatory requirements is highlighted by its unique Eco-boards in London, New York and Sydney. The objectives of these billboards are to communicate a message that prompts environmental awareness among the public and to encourage everyone to take a step towards a sustainable society. Each relies on natural energy to illuminate. If there is insufficient solar power, the sign may not light up which is an eventuality Ricoh readily accepts, in order to deliver its message.
For more information about Ricoh environmental activity visit www.ricoh.ie
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