Environmental Conservation

Conservation of Biodiversity

Environmental conservation requires us to not only reduce our environmental impact but also to aintain and enhance the planet's ability to renew itself. Recognizing that our businesses depend on the global ecosystem, and that biodiversity is indispensable to the health of that ecosystem, we formulated the Ricoh Group Biodiversity Policy in March 2009. This directive aims to preserve our planet's ecosystem through both proactive initiatives and reduction of the adverse impact of our business activities on biodiversity.

Ricoh Group Biodiversity Policy

All of us depend on the Earth's ecosystem, but collectively we have become a huge burden on it. Over the past 50 years, global biodiversity has been so badly degraded that if we do not act now, the way we live may be at risk.
To articulate the need to conserve biodiversity as well as natural resources, the Ricoh group laid down the Ricoh Group Biodiversity Policy in March 2009. The Policy combines pre-existing environmental guidelines with new biodiversity conservation measures to enhance our efforts towards realizing an affluent society built on a sustainable way of life.

Ricoh Group Biodiversity Policy


Basic Policy
Given that we gain a lot of benefit from living things and pursue business activities that have an impact on biodiversity,
we will reduce the impact of our activities on biodiversity and engage proactively in its protection.

1. Management tasks Treat biodiversity protection as essential for ensuring the sustainable growth of the company, and implement sustainable environmental management.
2. Understanding and reducing
    impact
Assess, grasp, analyze, and set numerical targets for the impact on biodiversity of all our business activities, including raw materials procurement, and work continuously to reduce this impact.
3. Implementation Give priority to measures with a high degree of impact and effectiveness from a biodiversity and business perspective.
4. Developing new technologies Aim to realize a sustainable society, develop technologies that make use of biological resources, learn from the mechanisms of ecosystems and the nature of living things, and employ the knowledge gained to develop technologies and sustainable production processes.
5. Working with local communities From the perspective of sustainable development, work not only with government organizations, but also with local residents, NGOs, and other stakeholders to promote the protection of the precious global ecosystems and of the biodiversity of countries and regions where we conduct business.
6. Involving each person By getting executives to take the lead and implementing Group-wide educational initiatives, enhance recognition of the importance of biodiversity among all employees to enable them to act independently.
7. Expanding the scope of our
    activities
By collaborating with customers, suppliers, other companies, NGOs, international organizations, and so on, share information of our activities, knowledge and experience concerning biodiversity, and expand the scope of our protection activities.
8. Communication Contribute to raising awareness of biodiversity protection among people at large by sharing the experience of our activities and achievements proactively.

Regulation of all wood-based products

In February 2010, the Ricoh Group established Regulation of Ricoh Group Products Made of Wood.
Applicable to all Group companies, the 2010 rules extend our 2003 Environmental Standards for Paper Product Procurement to encompass all woodbased products, from Ricoh brand plain copier paper and heat-sensitive paper to manuals, packaging, cushioning, and pallets.*1
The regulations prohibit the use of wood sourced from High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF)*2 as raw material. HCVFs play a critical role in biodiversity.
The rules are applicable to all Group companies and suppliers, and include provision for the suspension of business with noncompliant suppliers.
This is another example of how we are minimizing the impact our procurement process has on the global ecosystem.

*1 Recycled materials, including used paper, leftover wood and wood chips, are excluded, as it is difficult to trace the original source of recycled materials
*2 High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) are defined as any forest that falls under the following categories: (1) Old-growth forests, (2) Primary/virgin forests, (3) Natural forests containing habitats of endangered species, (4) Forests for which multiple environmental groups claim protective measures.

Mapping the relationship between business and biodiversity

The Map of Corporate Activities and Biodiversity (below) pictures the relationship between the effects of our corporate activities — such as product lifecycles and land use — and biodiversity.
The map reveals that MFPs have a large impact on the ecosystem as they consume raw materials such as pulp and metals during their manufacturing process and consume natural resources in the form of paper.
Mapping these diverse activities is a great help when it comes to coordinating our biodiversity conservation efforts.

Map of corporate activities and biodiversity (based on recycled copiers)
Map of corporate activities and biodiversity (based on recycled copiers)

Using integrated pest management to conserve biodiversity in office premises

Weeding at the Ricoh Ohmori office
Weeding at the Ricoh Ohmori office

The world over, green spaces are an important part of Ricoh Group offices and factories, with some locations possessing lush green forests within their premises. To conserve the biodiversity within our properties, our current Environmental Action Plan, effective for three years starting April 2011, calls for (1) maintenance of greenery coverage rates, (2) removal of invasive alien species, and (3) minimal use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers in keeping with the principles of Integrated Pest Management.*3
At our office in Ohmori, Japan, employee volunteers started a project to remove weeds by hand to maintain their green spaces without using chemical herbicides.
The weeding project also provides the participants with an opportunity to interact with nature, as well as learn about measures that can preserve the natural environment. The weeds removed are added to a compost pile, and the resulting compost is recycled as fertilizer on the premises. As a side benefit, the compost lowers maintenance costs by reducing the amount of organic fertilizer that needs to be purchased.
In FY 2013, landscape management with no chemicals or only IPM-standard chemicals was initiated at 16 Ricoh Group facilities including the Ohmori office. We will continue using IPM methods to incorporate sustainability in maintaining our greenery.

*3 Integrated Pest Management (IPM): A method of pest and weed control that has been internationally adopted for agricultural operations. IPM aims to reduce the use of pesticides and other chemicals through an optimal combination of ecologically benign techniques to minimize hazards to human health and the environment. Major IPM components include (1) Use of light, sound, heat and mechanical methods, (2) Use of chemicals derived from natural ingredients, (3) Introduction of natural enemies of targeted pests, and (4) Improving soil quality through drainage, ventilation, etc.

Conservation of biodiversity

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