Communication:Communication with Stakeholders
–Environmental Education/Awareness Building–
The core goal of our employee training is to ensure employees are well aware of their responsibility as global citizens and can serve as driving forces of the company’s sustainable environmental management.
To realize sustainable environmental management with the full participation of all employees, clear instructions from top management and the active involvement of each division are essential. But also important is to give each of the employees opportunities to learn how to be proactive in pursuit of sustainable environmental management in their own operations. While sustainable environmental management is indeed a corporate act, it is also an act that can be realized only by the actions of individual employees. The outcome of sustainable environmental management activities of the Ricoh Group, therefore, greatly depends on the awareness and recognition of our 100,000 plus employees around the world. Through training and awareness-raising sessions, Ricoh employees learn to become good global citizens, good Ricoh Group employees, and specialists in sustainable environmental management, and proactively encourage as many people as possible to join them in pursuit of sustainable environmental management.
Environmental education programs for employees
- Global/Ricoh Group
Ricoh Group employees can take environmental e-learning courses through the in house LAN system*. The curriculum includes “Companies’ Missions in Global Environment Problems,” and “Activity Cases in Respective Divisions.” To help every employee incorporate sustainable environmental management perspectives into their day-to-day operations, many case studies of environmental activities are included in the course materials. We upgraded the course curriculum in fiscal 2010. In addition to the existing three focus areas: energy conservation and prevention of global warming, resource conservation and recycling, and pollution prevention, a new section focusing on biodiversity was included in the course subjects. The additional section is designed to explain the meaning and importance of the consideration for biodiversity conservation in the course of our business activities. The e-learning courses offer an intermediate program for the managers and staff in charge of environmental promotion at each business division, so they can learn how to effectively incorporate environmental perspectives into the daily operations of their respective divisions, how to evaluate the outcome of sustainable environmental management, etc.
- *Outside of Japan, the courses are offered on compact disk.
Organization of environment-related specialized training courses
- Japan/Ricoh Group
In efforts to expand the network for sustainable environmental management, our sales personnel, as the customer’s primary contact for business, should be able to provide our customers with accurate explanations on global environment issues and the Ricoh Group’s activities in sustainable environmental management. With this recognition, in September 2009 the Group launched environmental training programs designed specifically for sales personnel. Using presentation tools on the intranet, these programs provide training on themes ranging from the current status of the global environment and the ideal society pursued by the Group, to our efforts to reduce environmental impact and to conserve biodiversity. The training, currently focusing on sales managers, will be expanded to cover other levels of employees in the sales division.
Environment-related specialized training courses
|Name of course|
|Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) (basic)|
|Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) (application)|
|Safety of Supplies (elementary)|
|Safety of Supplies (advanced)|
|Environment-Related Laws and Regulations|
|Thermal Design for Office Equipment|
|Ricoh Group’s Chemical Substance Management System (outline)|