Conservation of Biodiversity
We preserve biodiversity by maintaining and improving the self-recovery capabilities of the global environment through our business activities as well as our social contribution activities.
Ricoh Group Biodiversity Policy
Human society largely depends on the ecosystem but has imparted a tremendous burden upon it. In the past 50 years, the global biodiversity has been badly degraded due to human activities. If we do not start to conserve the biodiversity and use natural resources in a more sustainable manner, the survival of human society may be at risk.
Based on these recognitions, the Ricoh Group believes that not only reducing environmental impact, but also maintaining and improving the Earth’s self-recovery capabilities, play important roles toward building a truly rich society that is founded on the sustainable global environment (Approach to building a sustainable society).
As indicated in the Ricoh Group Environmental Principles that were established in 1992, we see that conservation of the global environment carries as much importance as management activities and thus we engage in activities that promote global environmental conservation. Furthermore, we established the “Ricoh Group Biodiversity Policy” in March 2009. Based on this policy, we are not only working to reduce the adverse impact of our business activities on biodiversity, but also promoting the forest ecosystem conservation project along with employees’ volunteer activities toward conserving biodiversity, both of which we have earnestly been implementing.
Clearly grasping the correlation between our business activities and the ecosystem, we are promoting biodiversity-friendly activities.
The Ricoh Group created a map to show the exact relationship between our business activities and biodiversity. The “Map of Corporate Activities and Biodiversity” follows the JBIB format to show the relationship between corporate activities, such as product lifecycle and land use, and biodiversity at a glance. From the map, we learned that the copier industry has a large impact on the ecosystem due to procurement of raw materials (e.g., paper pulp and metals) and manufacturing and consumption of paper. We will use the information from the map in our conservation activities in close cooperation with each business division.
Social Responsibility Activities
We are presenting four policies for our environment-conscious social contribution activities and engaging in related activities together with local communities around the world.
The Ricoh Group has been working closely with local communities around the globe to make a positive difference to society and the environment under four major themes: the Forest Ecosystem Conservation Project, group-wide social responsibility activities, promotion of employee volunteer activities, and building a wider network. With regard to social responsibility activities, our Group companies worldwide have been implementing various programs with the participation of all their employees to achieve the ecosystem conservation targets specified in the Environmental Action Plan.