Start line of the cross country skiing at the Winter Olympic Games
President Glenn Laverty of Ricoh Canada running with the torch in his hand
As an official supporter of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics, Ricoh Canada Inc. has supported the organization of the Winter Games in various forms over the past eight years, from the start of preparations through to the end of the event in March 2010. Before the opening of the event, the company created the Ricoh Olympic Spirit Awards (ROSA) to recognize exemplary volunteer community service displayed by employees with a view to encouraging them to undertake further social contributions. As a reward for the individuals commended at the Awards, they were able to take part in the torch run, and a total of 20 people from Ricoh Canada, including the president of the company participated in the torch run as runners.
With regard to the organization of the Winter Games, Ricoh Canada made a special contribution in the field of information systems. At the event, all the competition records were reported and printed utilizing Ricoh devices, which were equipped with an automatic duplex printing function as a standard default to minimize the use of printing paper for the conservation of the environment. Moreover, the machines installed by the company went into sleep mode but still produced the first copy immediately after exiting the mode, which helped save energy and reduce CO2 emissions. The company also implemented fail-safe support measures to prevent machine failures by using the @Remote function, which manages devices via the Internet. These Ricoh devices and technologies were highly evaluated as innovative technologies for the reporting means to be used at the Olympics, and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) awarded the Sustainability Star to Ricoh Canada. From the summer of 2009, shortly before the opening of the Winter Games, 13 employees were dispatched from the company to various venues as technical support staff. During the actual period of the Winter Games, more than 200 technicians and about 2,300 Ricoh devices (multifunctional digital copiers, printers, and facsimiles) supported the organization of the Games. In terms of labor hours, Ricoh Canada spent about 40,000 hours for technical support and about 10,000 for other support activities, including PR activities.
Supporting the 2010 Games was the single largest CSR event that Ricoh has ever done in Canada.
Employees dispatched to the venues were able to do their best and develop themselves just like the athletes and players participating in a great sports event and the sense of accomplishment and commitment was demonstrated by all employees of Ricoh Canada. The Olympic Organizing Committee highly praised the stability of Ricoh's technologies and its effective contingency responses.
Engineers on standby at Cypress Mountain
A total of 82 people, including employees and their families, participated in a beach cleanup activity and collected about 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of waste. (REI)
Employees at IKON's headquarters helped
raise money for IKON's annual United Way
campaign by washing 55 cars.
Employees conducted classes on economic
awareness for elementary school students
as part of their partnership with an NGO
named Junior Achievement. (RAC)
The major earthquake that occurred in Haiti on January 12, 2010, is said to be the worst in the past 10 years with up to 30% of the citizens being affected, including the death of more than 200,000 people. The Ricoh Group, led by companies in the Americas and with the participation of companies in Japan and Spain, gave donations to the victims of the earthquake, wanting to help them recover from the disaster as soon as possible. For example, RAC, IKON, and REI asked employees to donate to the American Red Cross, and the companies themselves also donated, matching the amounts given by their employees. As a result of these three companies encouraging their employees to give proactive support to the victims, the donations made by the three companies and their employees totaled 86,236 dollars.
Ricoh Spain collected 3,728 euros from employees and donated it to the Spanish Red Cross. The company also donated the same amount to Doctors Without Borders, an organization engaged in medical care in the devastated area. Also, from Japan we donated five million yen to Japan Platform, an organization for humanitarian assistance, through which the NGOs belonging to the organization provided prompt emergency and recovery support throughout Haiti.