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International initiatives and commitments

Businesses are required to take on an increasingly greater breadth and depth of responsibilities to help build a sustainable society. Public expectations and demand for these initiatives from global corporations operating worldwide have been increasing more than ever before. To meet these social expectations accurately and promptly, the Ricoh Group actively introduces internationally established CSR frameworks.

In 2002, the Ricoh Group became one of the first Japanese companies to announce participation in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). We promptly endorsed this global platform out of recognition of its alignment with our long-standing practice of listening to our many stakeholders and incorporating their feedback into our business operations based on global perspectives. In 2004, we established the Ricoh Group CSR Charter, which reflects the UNGC’s 10 principles, as well as the Ricoh Group Code of Conduct.

In addition to the UNGC, there are many other CSR guidelines, including ISO 26000, the international standard for social responsibility, which was formulated in November 2010.
Operating in more than 200 countries and regions worldwide, the Ricoh Group is committed to fulfilling its social responsibilities and meeting and exceeding the expectations of an increasingly wider and more varied stakeholder base. To this end, we review the CSR activities of our own as well as of our partner companies and key members of our global value chain, against international CSR frameworks and make continuous improvements.
These CSR activities along with our performance and other related information are disclosed through our publications and website and other communication tools.

Major CSR Guidelines introduced or used for reference

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact
  • Human rights guidelines based on the United NationsGuiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the Ruggie Framework)
  • Children’s rights and business principles
  • ISO 26000 (social responsibility standard)
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • ILO international labor standards
  • GRI Guidelines

Commitment to Society

April 2002 Becomes the second Japanese company to sign the UN Global Compact
June 2007 Signs Caring for Climate: the Business Leadership Platform of the UN Global Compact
May 2008 Signs the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity
December 2008 Signs the CEO Statement for the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN
July 2009 Participates in the Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership as a founding member
December 2010 Announces its support for the Cancun Communiqué on Climate Change
February 2011 Signs a statement of support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles by the UN Global Compact
November 2012 Participates in the Carbon Price initiative to counter climate change
September 2014 Announces its support for the World Bank Group’s Put a Price on Carbon Statement
September 2014 Announces its support for the Trillion Tonne Communiqué, a call to keep cumulative CO2 emissions below a trillion tonnes

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.
  • [Labour]
  • 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.
  • [Environment]
  • 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.
  • [Anti-Corruption]
  • Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.