Commitment to Society
Through signing and participating in international statements and guidelines, the Ricoh Group is fully committed to achieving a sustainable society.
|April 2002||Became the second Japanese company to sign the UN Global Compact||The Ricoh Group became one of the first Japanese companies to sign the UN Global Compact (UNGC). Behind this decision was not only the recognition that our Group’s policies are in line with the UNGC’s major objectives and support the ideas advocated by then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan; but that as a global corporation, our participation in the UNGC will help improve our corporate strengths, achieve our business growth and develop a sustainable society.|
|June 2007||Signed the Caring for Climate: the Business Leadership Platform||We became a signatory to the platform on climate change issues launched under the initiative of the UNGC, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).|
|May 2008||Signed the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB)||Ricoh signed the Leadership Declaration on the Business and Biodiversity Initiative at the Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP9), held in Germany. We are thereby committed to assessing and analyzing the impact of our business activities on biodiversity and to making efforts to conserve it.|
|December 2008||Signed the CEO Statement for the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights||To show our public commitment to human rights, Ricoh signed a CEO Statement advocated by the United Nations on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.|
|July 2009||Participated in the Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership (Japan CLP) as a founding member||Ricoh announced its participation in the Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership (JapanCLP) as one of the founding members.|
|December 2010||Announced its support for the Cancun Communique on Climate Change||Ricoh announced its support for the Cancun Communiqué on Climate Change, which was proposed by the Corporate Leaders' Group on Climate Change (CLG), an organization developed by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and managed by the University of Cambridge.|
|February 2011||Signed a statement of support for the Women's Empowerment Principles||Ricoh signed a CEO Statement of support for the Women's Empowerment Principles, collaboratively developed by UN Women and the UN Global Compact.|
* The UN Global Compact (GC)
The UN Global Compact, launched in July 2000, proposes ten principles in the fields of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Ricoh joined the Compact in 2002, as one of the first Japanese companies to do so and has been serving as one of the directors on the Global Compact Japan Network since fiscal 2008.
The Ten Principles
- [Human Rights]
- ●Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
- ●make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
- ●Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
- ●the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
- ●the effective abolition of child labour; and
- ●the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
- ●Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
- ●undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
- ●encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
- ●Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
Major Awards and Recognition
The many Japanese and international awards and accompanying recognition that the Ricoh Group has received represent the excellence of our products and business operations.
|October 2011||Received the Award of Director-General of the Industrial Science And Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for its dry washing technology that removes residue without solvents nor water|
|November 2011||GR digital camera series received the Good Design Long Life Design Award.|
|January 2012||Selected by oecom research AG as the world's best performing business for sustainability performance in the IT industry|
|January 2012||IDC named Ricoh as a Leader in its Worldwide Managed Print Services 2011 Hardcopy Vendor Analysis|
|January 2012||RICOH Pro C901/C901S received the Chairman's Prize of ECCJ in the Energy Conservation Grand Prize for excellent energy conservation equipment.|
|January 2012||Received the Excellence Award in the 15th Environmental Report Award|
|January 2012||Selected as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World for the eighth consecutive year|
|March 2012||Selected as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the fourth straight year (by Ethisphere Institute, an American think tank)|
|July 2012||Ranked among Fortune Global 500 companies (461st place)|
|August 2012||Recognized by global consulting firm Deloitte as one of the top six global organizations ready for a "green and inclusive economy"|
|October 2012||Ricoh's reconstruction support activities in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake received the Prince Tomohito of Mikasa Prize under the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) Award.|