Ricoh is committed to solving social problems through our technology, products, services and human resources in order to contribute to the development of a sustainable society. As a global company, we are eager to make contributions toward achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to supporting community development efforts in developing countries. In addition, the future is in the hands of our children and young adults, and we aim to help realize a “sustainable society”. Society at large needs to work collectively to resolve various problems around the world that the next generation will face, and this means that companies must play a role as well.
In India, which has the largest population of young people in the world, a large number of children either cannot attend school at all or finish primary education. This problem is attributable to multiple factors, including a lack of awareness of the importance of education, low-quality educational services and lack of necessary infrastructure and supplies. In order to help improve this situation, Ricoh is making contributions to education with our products and services in cooperation with Save the Children with a view to helping the country achieve further development.
We provide our products and services to schools and prepare systems that allow recipient schools to effectively use the donations in teaching and information-sharing. We will also support capacity-building of children, teachers, local communities and governmental agencies, as well as establish an educational network involving them, thereby raising the quality of education in the country.
Through this program, we aim to enable more children to continuously attend school and to realize independent and sustainable efforts by local residents in the community to enhance the educational environment.