Concept of environmental management

Simultaneously achieving environmental conservation and profits

Amid environmental crises, companies are required to exercise their leadership in order to transform society. The Ricoh Group pursues environmental conservation and profit generation through its business. This is how we conduct business as a valued and respected member of society. Going forward, we will focus on cross-sectional environmental technology development and conserving biodiversity that supports the earth's regenerational ability.

Overall picture of the Ricoh Group's sustainable environmental management (basis and three Pillars)

Pursuing an environment ideal

The purpose of environmental conservation activities is to reduce environmental impact to a level that the Earth's self-recovery capability can deal with and sustain the global environment. The Ricoh Group, by considering how the relationship among the three Ps (planet, people, and profit) in environmental, social, and economic activities has changed over time, defines the kind of society we should aspire to and carries out its responsibility as a company to help create such a society.

Three Ps Balance Representing the relationship between the global environment and society
Pursuing the Ideal Society
Environmental impact remains within the self-recovery capabilities of the global environment.

Contributing to the development of a sustainable society based on the Comet Circle concept

For the Ricoh Group to become the type of organization we envision, not only does the Group need to realize change towards the creation of a sustainable society but society as a whole also needs to realize such change. In 1994, we established the Comet Circle as the basis to encourage such change. The Comet Circle expresses the greater picture of our environmental impact reduction scheme, which includes not only the scope of the Ricoh Group as a manufacturer and sales company but also the entire lifecycle of our products, including upstream and downstream of our business activities. Being well aware that product manufacturers like Ricoh, because of their involvement in the early phases of a product's lifecycle, can make the greatest contribution to reducing environmental impact, we engage in all business taking into account the Comet Circle.

  • 1.Identifying and reducing the total environmental impact at all stages of the lifecycle
  • 2. Putting priority on inner loop recycling and promoting a multitiered recycling system
    • 2-1 More economically rational recycling
    • 2-2 Reducing the needs of new resources with greater use of recovered resources
  • 3. Establishing a partnership at every stage

Concept of a sustainable society: the Comet Circle

Striving to achieve environmental impact reduction goals for 2050 in three areas: energy conservation, resource conservation, and pollution prevention

In a bid to make long-term efforts towards its ideals, the Ricoh Group has projected how the world will look in 2050 based on an analysis of a wide range of data. In 2050, the global population will have grown to more than nine billion people. Fossil fuel and mineral resources will have become depleted and the amount of useful land will have decreased. People must switch from petroleum to other energy sources to prevent global warming and there will inevitably be drastic changes in business models and the structure of society. If the environmental impact we generate will continues to rise by continuing the present business operation style, humankind will eventually be faced with a devastating future. Taking this into consideration, the Ricoh Group established the Year 2050 Long-Term Environmental Vision in 2005, on the understanding that advanced nations needed to reduce their environmental impact to one eighth of current levels by 2050. In March 2009, we followed up on these efforts by establishing Medium- and Long- Term Environmental Impact Reduction Goals which identify specific steps to be taken to achieve our vision. With 2020 and 2050 being key years, the targets are set in three different areas— energy conservation and global warming prevention, resource conservation and recycling, and pollution prevention—making them the first of their kind for business in the world. The numerical targets will be incorporated into the Environmental Action Plan formulated every three years, and effective activities will be developed in each area to achieve the targets. In parallel with these efforts to reduce our adverse impact on the environment, we are also working to help the global environment restore and maintain its self-recovery capability. This commitment of ours to give consideration to biodiversity in conducting businesses is declared in the Ricoh Group Biodiversity Guidelines we established in March 2009.

Two scenarios for reducing global environmental impact

Major ideas in the Ricoh Group mid- and long-term environmental impact reduction goals

  • *Targets are set based on the business areas and market share for fiscal 2000.see the news release
  • Environment Environment Additional information on Ricoh's sustainable environmental management is available.

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