Based on its basic policy for social contribution activities, the Ricoh Group contributes to the development of a sustainable society and planet in active partnership with like-minded people. In our collaborative efforts to solve social issues, the social sector* is one of the most important partners we have. With this recognition, we share with them our mission and values and promote effective mutual use of resources to build and maintain stable relationships based on mutual trust and respect.
Following the principles and processes described below, the Ricoh Group collaborates with the social sector, making the most of its own strengths as well as those of its social sector partners, through which it strives for effective solutions to social issues:
To implement a project effectively, we review a project plan and define the objectives of a collaboration and accordingly select a suitable partner. In the selection process, we evaluate partner candidates to ensure that they have the required organizational health and expertise described as follows:
(1) Evaluation of organizations
(2) Evaluating activities
■ Processes for collaboration with the social sector
Before launching a project, the Ricoh Group and the selected social sector partner discuss and decide on the project's goals, specific activities, period, and implementation scheme, as well as each party's roles in the project. Once the project starts, both parties build a mechanism for regular information sharing on progress updates, and work together to monitor and evaluate the project's progress.
In a project conducted over multiple years, the parties review the evaluation results and jointly make necessary improvement each year toward the following year's plan.
After completion of the project, we measure the project's achievements against its goals and prepare a report.
|Main collaborative partner||Project name||Content|
|Save the Children||Printers are donated to schools and educational institutions, training is given in their effective use, and support for the creation of structures that can help the local people to raise the standards of their own education.|
|Drishtee||Initiatives aiming to create solutions and new business models for social issues in India’s farming villages.|
|Non-Governmental Organization JEN||Support for the restoration of the key fishing industry in the Minami Sanriku district, used as part of the training for new employees.|
|C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland Trust||Creation of mechanisms allowing local people to autonomously conserve the forest ecosystems.|
|Yanbaru Woodland Trust|
|Global Environmental Forum|
|Bird Life International Life
|Asia Green-Culture Association|
|Ena Forest, Nakasendo Satoyama Conference||Ena-no-Mori (Ena Forest) Projects||Initiatives aiming to conserve the environment, raise the next generation, and revitalize and develop the community in the Ena-no-Mori, a Ricoh Elemex Corporation-owned forest.|
|E-parts||Color laser printer donation program||Support for improving IT and computerization of NPOs and citizens’ groups through donation of color laser printers obtained via evolutional partner support (e-parts).|