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Harmony with Society

During the fiscal year ending March 2013, the Ricoh Group collectively made financial contributions of 545,169,000 yen. This amount includes monetary donations plus labor (man-hours) and donated goods converted into their monetary value.

Employee participation in activities accounts for the largest portion of the Ricoh Group’s social contribution. In every region, Group companies support their employees in the planning and implementation of community activities and biodiversity conservation programs.

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"

Making wreathes with residents of temporary housing in Sukagawa.
Making wreathes with residents of
temporary housing in Sukagawa.

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. They also sell Fairtrade products dealt with by these organizations.

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.

Ricoh Global Eco Action

Employees of Ricoh Europe
installing a bird box.

In 2006, the Ricoh Group designated one day in June as "Ricoh Global Eco Action" day, during which Group employees around the world think about and take action on behalf of the global environment. On this day every year, we hold a variety of environmental events, including biodiversity conservation activities and energy-saving campaigns.
This year, in London, employees of Ricoh Europe helped restore and improve parks in their community, tending to gardens and installing bird boxes.
In 2012, a database was created to record social activities, including Global Eco Action. Through the database, Group members can find out about activities occurring in other parts of the world and share their knowledge.

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Since 2008, the Ricoh Group has joined "Stand Up and Take Action, " a global action initiative joined by people all over the world to "stand up" and urge world political leaders to take aggressive action to fight against world poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Through participation in this global initiative, we aim to promote employee the MDGs, a set of key global agenda, and show them how they can help solve contemporary problems by applying Ricoh's technological, human and other resources.

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