Global Policy for Social Contribution Activities

Global Policy for Social Contribution Activities

The Ricoh Group has set fundamental principles on social contribution by which all Group companies around the world abide. We believe that by conducting social contribution activities based on a common concept, we can maximize the effects of our contributions toward solving challenges. Under these principles, individual Group companies are implementing measures by leveraging the Group's strengths in human and other resources.

The Ricoh Group, mindful of its responsibility as a corporate citizen, respects the cultures and customs of all countries and regions, joining in active partnership with like-minded people and inspiring employees to contribute to the development of a sustainable society and planet.
Reflecting a deep understanding of social issues in various parts of the world, Ricoh Group companies carry out social activities focusing on several priority areas.

The RICOH Way Community Development Global Environmental Conservation Raising the Next Generation *Only relevant parts from the Ricoh Way, CSR Charter and Code of Conduct are cited

Our vision in three focus areas

Global Environmental Conservation

Global Environmental Conservation

The Ricoh Group accepts its responsibility as a global citizen and proactively takes action to preserve the global environment based on the Ricoh Group Environmental Principles. Recognizing that all our stakeholders depend on the ecosystem and that biodiversity plays an indispensable role in ensuring its health, the Ricoh Group has developed and launched the Ricoh Group Biodiversity Policy in order to maintain and improve the self-recovery capabilities of the Earth. In addition to reducing environmental impact, we have been striving to conserve biodiversity to support a sustainable global environment.
Furthermore, regarding environmental conservation, it is important that each employee has a sense of being a global citizen and acts voluntarily inside and outside the company. The Ricoh Group is committed to environmental conservation with many employees specifically focusing on the conservation of biodiversity


Community Development

Community Development

A corporation is an integral member of the community and we conduct our business with the support of local communities. The Ricoh Group aims to coexist and develop in harmony within the countries in which it operates, contributing to the mutual development of both society and the local community based on their needs.
At the same time, as a global company, it is necessary to contribute to developing countries, which face many challenges. In addition to promoting social activities by utilizing the company's resources, including technology and human resources, the Ricoh Group conducts activities for economic development in cooperation with local people. Through these activities, we support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals while cooperating with all of our stakeholders, and contribute to our business growth.


Raising the Next Generation

Raising the Next Generation

The future is in the hands of our children and young adults, and we aim to help realize a "sustainable society." Society at large needs to work collectively to resolve various problems around the world that the next generation will face, and this means that companies must play a role as well.
The Ricoh Group actively supports activities to raise the next generation continuously by utilizing its resources, including products, technologies and human resources, in order to cooperate with parents, schools, communities and NPO's to provide environments for learning and growing independently. Employees who participate in these activities feel responsibility towards the society.
Companies can create an environment whereby children who join a company-sponsored scheme can dream, change and develop into successful contributors to society. Ricoh positions this as a "Social Innovation" cycle of sustainable development for both companies and society.

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Major corporate programs

Upholding the two principles of "contribution to resolution of social issues through business activities" and "commitment to and responsibility for social contribution," we are engaged in a variety of social contribution programs globally.

Major corporate programs

  • Programs marked with a (*) are funded under Ricoh's social contribution reserve system, established to underpin its stable and persistent social engagement. Following approval at the 1998 shareholders meeting, Ricoh introduced the social contribution reserve system, under which a portion of profits is allocated to a reserve fund, after obtaining approval at a board of directors meeting, with the aim of supporting its long-term, stable engagement in social activities. Currently, the system is applied to three programs (Ichimura Nature School Kanto, Ricoh Science Caravan, and the Forest ecosystem conservation program).

Aiming to raise the social awareness of individual employees

For a company to effectively utilize its resources to address social challenges, enhanced social awareness of its employees is essential. With this view, we offer a spectrum of opportunities to help individual employees raise their awareness and sensitivity toward social issues, and encourage them to take action in some form by participating in volunteer activities or making efforts within their business engagements.

Social Contribution Club "FreeWill"

Social Contribution Club “FreeWill”

FreeWill is an employee-led endeavor formulated in January 1999. It aims to turn individual donations from employees into a sizable fund that supports social contribution activities. More specifically, FreeWill members donate a portion of their salary and bonus pay to support the efforts of NPOs that organize and operate social activities in wide-ranging areas. In addition, with the intention of developing a better understanding of recipient organizations and making additional contributions through purchases, the club members host volunteer events in which they sell items for charity and Fairtrade products dealt with by these organizations.

Value-Creating CSR Workshop

Value-Creating CSR Workshop

In 2009, the Ricoh Group widely introduced a Value-Creating CSR Workshop in its divisions, aiming to help employees better understand diverse social issues and consider possible solutions provided by them through their business efforts, as well as encourage them to take action towards this end. Since fiscal 2011, the workshop has been incorporated into the annual training program for new employees. In fiscal 2013, a special program was organized, in which around 180 new employees were sent to areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake to conduct support activities, followed by a discussion session for proposing ideas and plans for business projects that can help solve problems prevalent in the affected areas.

Campaigns for raising the social awareness of employees

Starting in 2006, the Ricoh Group designated June 5 as the "Ricoh Global Eco Action" day, when all members of the Ricoh Group around the world think about the global environment, take local eco-related actions, and improve their eco-awareness. On this day every year, we hold a variety of environmental events, including biodiversity conservation activities and energy-saving campaigns, mobilizing Group employees across the globe.
In addition, since 2008, Group companies in Japan have participated in the Stand Up, Take Action campaign coordinated by the UN, which seeks to eradicate poverty and achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). On the campaign day in 2012, about 3,900 employees joined the event to enhance their awareness of poverty and other global issues.

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