The Ricoh Group disclosed its environmental accounting for the first time in 1999. Since then, the Group has made public corporate environmental accounting to determine the status of sustainable environmental management and disclose related information. Thus efforts are being made to establish environmental accounting as a tool for sustainable environmental management.
The Ricoh Group calculates and announces the cost spent in its business activities for environmental conservation, as well as the conservation and economic effects, as quantitatively as possible. Such data is prepared in compliance with the Environmental Accounting Guidelines 2005—set by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment—by taking the necessary portion from the Eco Balance data and calculating the cost and effect of the group's environmental conservation activities.