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2014 (April 2014 - March 2015)

2015-01

Receives silver class recognition in sustainability ratings of RobecoSAM.

2015-01

Recognized "Prime" on the Oekom sustainability rating

2015-01

Recognized as a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series

2014-11

Ricoh Asia Pacific receives the Sustainable Business Awards Singapore 2014

2014-10

Recognized as an outstanding company in the Climate Change Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for the high-quality climate change data it has disclosed to stakeholders, including investors, through CDP, the international NGO that drives sustainable economies

2014-10

Ricoh Asia Pacific wins the Singapore Sustainability Award in Green Technology for two years in a row

2014-10

Yoshihiko Hotta, a Ricoh engineer, receives the Johann Gutenberg Prize for 2014

2014-10

Awarded highest Gold Rating in EcoVadis supplier survey

2014-09

Listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI)

2014-09

Endorses initiative to support the World Bank Group's Carbon Pricing and Trillion Tonne Communiqué

2014-09

Installs 100% eco-powered electronic billboard in Ginza, Tokyo

2014-08

Ricoh Asia Pacific receives the Merit Award for the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) – Kimberly-Clark Singapore Environmental Achievement Award (Services)

2014-07

Clarifies materiality for the Ricoh Group

2014-06

Succeeds in developing a dye-sensitized solar cell consisting of only solid state materials as an electrolyte, which substantially improves the power generation capacity under a weak light source

2014-04

Ricoh Asia Pacific is one of the award winners of the Product Excellence Category at the 6th Annual Global CSR Award 2014, Asia's most prestigious event and awards on Corporate Society Responsibility

2014-04

EPA recognizes Ricoh Americas with 2014 ENERGY STAR® Award

2013 (April 2013 - March 2014)

2014-01

Selected as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for the tenth year

2013-12

Markets Industry's first "Internal Staple-less Finisher (Internal Finisher SR3130)" as an option for the RICOH MP C2503 Series

2013-09

Recognized to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI)

2013-08

Launches reuse and refill of toner bottles in India

2013-07

Ricoh Asia Pacific embarks on India's Theni Wind Power Project as part of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) renewal energy effort to reduce CO2 emission

2013-07

Ricoh Asia receives Green Leadership Award for powering green awareness & action through Eco Action Day Campaign

2012 (April 2012 - March 2013)

2013-02

Recognized by FTSE4Good Index Series for tenth year

2013-02

Joins EPEAT Imaging Equipment Program to promote green purchasing

2012-11

Endorses "The Carbon Price Communiqué" joint declaration on climate change

2012-10

Receives DBJ's Highest Environmental Award

2012-09

Develops photo (UV)-curable inkjet ink that significantly reduces allergies on skin

2012-08

Recognized by global consulting firm Deloitte as one of the top global organizations ready for a 'green and inclusive economy'

2012-05

Succeeds in developing a PZT thin film actuator by ink-jet printing method and a lead-free piezoelectric material

2012-04

Recognized by FTSE4Good Index for ninth year

2011 (April 2011 - March 2012)

2012-03

Announces the adoption of electric furnace steel sheets jointly developed with Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Steel) for the structural part of multifunction printers

2012-02

Develops technology that makes possible the polymerization of polylactic acid (PLA) at low temperatures without the use of a metal catalyst

2012-02

Obtains ISO/IEC 17025-based accreditation for technical competence of its testing and calibration laboratories

2011-09

Endorses “The 2°C Challenge Communiqué” joint declaration on climate change

2011-07

Installs 100% eco-powered electronic billboard in Sydney to follow New York and London

2011-06

Announces start of forest ecosystem conservation project in Malaysia

2011-06

Installs 100% eco-powered electronic billboard in London

2011-04

Ricoh Omori Office started to manage the green space in the office using the IPM method

2010 (April 2010 - March 2011)

2011-02

Receives approval from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to name its Environmental Center's Energy Testing Lab at Ricoh Technology Center (Ebina, Kanagawa Pref.) an EPA-recognized laboratory

2010-12

Cancun Communiqué on Climate Change

2010-12

Ricoh developed next generation wastewater treatment technology by using its ozone micro/nano-buble technology for its polymeri zed toner production process

2010-12

Ricoh released the IPSiO SP C320, a color laser printer featuring "Eco Night Sensor."

2010-12

Ricoh released the imagio MP C2801/3301, its first digital color MFP with a recovery time from energy-saving mode of less than 10 seconds.

2010-11

Ricoh released its first recycled digital full-color copier, the imagio MP C3500RC/2500RC series.

2010-11

Ricoh Electronics, Inc. (our manufacturing subsidiary in the U.S.) installed a photovoltaic power generation system.

2010-10

Ricoh provided the document output operation and management service at COP 10.

2009 (April 2009 - March 2010)

2010-02

The Ricoh Group Standards on Wood-based Raw Materials formulated.

2009-11

Ricoh released the imagio MP 6001GP, the world's first multifunctional digital copier using biomass toner.

2009-10

Ricoh released imagio Easy PO Box Printing Type A, a software application for multifunctional digital copiers, that helps reduce misprints.

2009-09

Ricoh signed the Copenhagen Communique on Climate Change, which is an initiative led by the Corporate Leaders' Group on Climate Change (CLG) and announced at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 15) for the early establishment of an anti-climate change framework.

2009-07

Ricoh participated in the Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership (Japan-CLP).

2009-04

Ricoh Americas Corporation sets up a billboard that is 100% powered by natural energy in New York's Times Square, and begins operating it using solar power generation.

2008 (April 2008 - March 2009)

2009-03

Ricoh Software Research Center Beijing and Ricoh China Co., Ltd. cooperate in hosting an environmental forum hosted by e-GAT (Japan-China e-Government Applied Technology Consortium).

2009-03

Ricoh's Biodiversity Conservation Policy is formulated.

2009-01

The 15th Ricoh Group's Sustainable Environmental Management Conference is held at Ricoh Ohmori Plant in Tokyo.

2009-01

Environmentally-friendly multifunctional digital copier imagio Neo 300RC/250RC series is launched.

2009-01

Ricoh Group's 2008 sustainability reports (Environmental Report, Corporate Social Responsibility Report, and Annual Report) are given the Grand Prize for Environmental Reporting in the 12th Environmental Communication Awards (organized by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment.)

2008-12

Ricoh's display technology receives the Best Paper Award at the International Display Workshop (IDW '08.)

2008-12

Ricoh endorses the Poznań Declaration issued at Fourteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention (COP14).

2008-12

Ricoh Europe PLC receives the Ruban d'Honneur Award, having been selected as one of the top ten in the Environmental Awareness division and Corporate Sustainability division of the European Business Award.

2008-12

Ricoh organizes the winter Eco Action, in which the Ricoh Group's domestic firms think about global environmental issues and take action.

2008-12

Ricoh Chairman Masamitsu Sakurai is selected as "Ethisphere's 2008 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics" by US magazine Ethisphere.

2008-11

Ricoh Numazu Plant completes construction of its new factory for PxP toners (polymerized toners.)

2008-11

Tohoku Ricoh Co., Ltd. holds a commencement ceremony at its new factory for PxP toners (polymerized toners.)

2008-11

The Ricoh Group receives the highest AAA environmental rating by the Tohmatsu Evaluation and Certification Organization, Japan, for the fourth consecutive year.

2008-11

Ricoh UK Products Ltd. receives the Environmental Award at the Annual Northamptonshire Business Excellence Awards 2008.

2008-11

Ricoh calls on Eco Action at the LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup held in Japan.

2008-10

Ricoh hosts a CO2 reduction training for suppliers, attended by 45 suppliers in Japan.

2008-10

The 27th Ricoh Nature Seminar Elementary Courses open in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.

2008-10

Ricoh China Co., Ltd. hosts the 2nd Green Communication Strategy Meeting.

2008-09

The 6th Ricoh Forest Seminar is held at Afan Woodland in Kurohime, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

2008-08

Ricoh hosts an environmental charity at Ricoh Women's British Open golf tournament.

2008-08

Ricoh hosts "World Exhibition of Copying Machines: Sending Information on Paper" at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Japan.

2008-07

Ricoh receives the "2008 Best Company, JWC Friend of Wildlife Japan" from the Japan Wildlife Center (JWC.)

2008-07

Ricoh's multifunctional copiers and printers such as recycled copiers are adopted at the international media center during the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit.

2008-07

The 26th Ricoh Nature Seminar Elementary Courses open in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

2008-07

The 7th Ricoh parent-child nature school opens at Afan Woodland in Kurohime, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

2008-06

Ricoh Global Eco Action is held at all Group companies around the world to think about the global environment and take action.

2008-06

The 3rd Ricoh Global Environment Month Symposium, "For Joint Creation of Sustainable Society," is held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Tokyo.

2008-05

Ricoh Americas Corporation (RAC) presents the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award in the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), one of the largest science contests for high school students.

2008-05

Ricoh participates in the Japan Business Initiative for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity.

2008-05

Ricoh signs the Business and Biodiversity Initiative Leadership Declaration at the UN Convention on Biodiversity's (CBD) nineth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Germany.

2008-05

Signed the Leadership Declaration on the "Business and Biodiversity Initiative"

2008-04

Became a member of Japan Business Initiative for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity (JBIB)

2008-04

Ricoh China Co., Ltd. hosts the first Green Communication Strategy Meeting in Shanghai, China.

2008-04

Ricoh Imaging Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. receives ISO9001 certification.

2008-04

The Ricoh Group Sustainability Report (Environment) 2007 receives the Excellence Award at the 11th Environmental and Sustainability Report Awards.
Ricoh Fukui Plant's Fiscal 2007 Environmental Report receives the Special Prize for Site Reports at the 11th Environmental and Sustainability Report Awards.

2008-04

Ricoh China Co., Ltd. receives the Best Management System Award from BVQI.

2008-04

Ricoh receives the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award at the 17th Global Environment Awards.

2007 (April 2007 - March 2008)

2008-02

Environmentally-friendly multifunctional digital copier, imagio Neo 753RC/603RC series, is launched.

2008-02

The 14th Ricoh Group's Sustainable Environmental Management Conference is held at Ricoh Ohmori Office.

2008-02

The 7th Ricoh Green Procurement Meeting is held, with 274 suppliers attending.

2007-12

GREEN ADVANTAGE, an environment conference in the Americas, is held in RAC's Head Office.

2007-12

Ricoh holds a briefing session on RICO2RET (Ricoh CO2 Reduction & Evaluation Tool), with 64 suppliers attending.

2007-12

Ricoh's imagio MP C7500/6000 is launched, featuring a new low-temperature fixing PxP toner (polymerized toner) with greater energy-saving capability.

2007-11

The 1st Chinese Environment Conference is held at Ricoh China in Shanghai.

2007-11

The 25th Ricoh Nature Seminar Elementary Course is held in Shibata-machi, Miyagi Prefecture. The total number of environmental volunteer leaders reaches 411.

2007-11

Ricoh Asia Pacific holds the 5th Asia Pacific AP Environment Meeting in Hong Kong.

2007-11

Ricoh acquires CO2 emission credits of 30,632 tons for its CDM projects (wind power generation in India).

2007-10

The 24th Ricoh Nature Seminar Elementary Course is held at Higashimatsuyama Training Center. The total number of environmental volunteer leaders reaches 395.

2007-07

Construction of Ricoh's new manufacturing plant for PxP toner (polymerized toner) starts on the premises of Ricoh Numazu Plant. The new plant is scheduled to begin operation in August 2008.

2007-06

Ricoh Global Eco Action is held at all Group companies around the world to think about the global environment and take action.

2007-06

Ricoh signs Caring for Climate: The Business Leadership Platform of the United Nations Global Compact.

2007-06

Ricoh organizes the Wonders of a Photocopier Exhibition held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (the exhibition lasts until August).

2007-05

Ricoh Americas Corporation (RAC) presents the Ricoh Sustainable Environment Award in the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), one of the largest science contests for high school students.

2007-05

The European Environment Conference is held in Halderen, the Netherlands.

2006 (April 2006 - March 2007)

2007-03

Ricoh's Sustainable Environmental Management website is given an Award of Excellence in the 2006 Environment Goo Awards.

2007-03

Ricoh Group's 2006 sustainability reports (Environmental Report, Corporate Social Responsibility Report, and Annual Report) are given the Environmental Reporting Grand Prize (Minister of the Environment Award) in the 10th Environmental Communication Awards.

2007-02

The reforestation methodology promoted by Ricoh is approved at the United Nations CDM Executive Board.

2007-02

The 13th Ricoh Group's Sustainable Environmental Management Conference is held under the theme, " Enhancement of sustainable environment management".

2007-02

Environmentally-friendly digital multifunctional copier, imagio Neo 452RC/352RC series, is launched.

2007-02

North Plant of Ricoh Numazu Plant and Ricoh Atsugi Plant together receive the Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry Director-General's Award as excellent energy management plants.

2007-02

Ricoh Microelectronics receives the Chugoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry Director-General's Award as an excellent energy management plant.

2007-01

Ricoh is chosen as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (Global 100) by Corporate Knights Inc. of Canada for three consecutive years.

2007-01

Ricoh Asia Industry is given an award as the Excellent Company in Environmental Conservation by Shenzhen City.

2007-01

Digital multifunctional full-color copier, imagio MP C1500 series, receives the Energy Conservation Center Chairman's Award in the 17th Energy-Saving Awards.

2006-12

Environmentally-friendly high-speed digital multifunctional copier, imagio Neo 751RC/601RC series, is launched.

2006-11

Ricoh signs an official partnership contract with the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

2006-11

Ricoh is ranked the No. 1 company in Forest Conservation Level Ranking by S.P. farm corporation.

2006-10

Completion ceremony for a factory to mass produce polymerized toner, "PxP toner," is held at Ricoh Numazu Plant.

2006-10

The 23rd Ricoh Nature Seminar Elementary Course is held. The number of environmental volunteer leaders totals 379.

2006-10

Ricoh Asia Pacific and Ricoh Singapore participate in Eco-Products International Fair (EPIF) 2006.

2006-10

Ricoh's resource-recirculating PET bottle rack wins the Large-sized Equipment Packaging Category Award at the 2006 Japan Packaging Contest held by the Japan Packaging Institute.

2006-10

Toner type C2 for the imagio is given the Ecology Design Award (Minister of Economic, Trade and Industry Award) at the 2006 Good Design (G Mark) Award.

2006-10

Ricoh Microelectronics is awarded the Incentive Award for Resource-Recirculating Technology & Systems by the Clean Japan Center.

2006-10

Digital multifunctional full-color copier, Aficio (imagio) MP C1500 series, receives the Silver Eco-Award at Eco-Products International Fair (EPIF) 2006.

2006-09

The Ricoh Group companies in Europe participate in the European Mobility Week.

2006-09

The fifth Ricoh Forest Seminar is held in the Afan Forest in Kurohime, Nagao Prefecture. The number of Ricoh forest conservation leaders totals 56.

2006-09

The 19th Ricoh Company Meeting for Environmental Leaders is held.

2006-09

Kagawa Branch of Shikoku Ricoh is accredited as a Kagawa Prefecture Environment-Conscious Model Office.

2006-07

The Management System for Chemical Substances Contained in Products is established in all Group companies around the world.

2006-07

Ricoh has been collecting used cartridges from GELJET printers by mail, and based on this result, gives a donation for the fourth time to the Woods of Magpies Project of the Green Earth Network.

2006-07

Ricoh's purchasing policy is explained at Shanghai Ricoh.

2006-07

The fifth Ricoh parent-child nature school is held.

2006-06

Ricoh Global Eco Action is held at all Group companies around the world.

2006-06

The first Ricoh Global Environment Month Symposium is held and is attended by companies and NPO personnel.

2006-06

Ricoh is given an award as a Distinguished Contributor in Recycling by the Ecological Life and Culture Organization.

2006-06

Environmental volunteer group from Tohoku Ricoh is given an award as a Distinguished Contributor in Environmental Clean-Up from Shibata-machi in Miyagi Prefecture.

2006-06

Okazaki Plant of Ricoh Elemex is given the Environmental Activity Award from Okazaki City in Aichi Prefecture.

2006-05

Digital multifunctional color copier, imagio MP C4500/C3500, with Color QSU energy-saving technology is launched.

2006-05

Mr. Sakurai, president of Ricoh, gives a speech at a meeting between U.N. Secretary, Mr. Kofi Annan, and CEOs of Japanese companies participating in the United Nations Global Compact.

2006-05

Ricoh presents the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award at a science contest, the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), which is held for high school students all over the world.

2006-05

The 21st Ricoh Nature Seminar Elementary Course is held in Kyushu.

2006-05

The Ricoh Group's 2005 sustainability reports (Environmental Report, Corporate Social Responsibility Report, and Annual Report) are given the Sustainability Report Excellence Award for CSR Report and Sustainability Report Excellence Award at the 9th Environmental Report Award.

2006-05

Ricoh Fukui Plant's 2005 Environmental Report is given a Continued Excellence Award for the Site Report at the 9th Environmental Report Award.

2006-04

The Ricoh Group receives the highest "AAA" environmental rating by the Tohmatsu Evaluation and Certification Organization Co., Ltd., for two consecutive years.

2005 (April 2005 - March 2006)

2006-03

The Ricoh Group in Japan establishes the Management System for Chemical Substances Contained in Products.

2006-02

Tohoku Ricoh starts resource-recirculating eco-packing, using used PET bottles as cushioning material.

2006-02

The 5th Ricoh Group Green Procurement Meeting is held.

2006-02

The imagio MP C1500 series, which realizes a significant reduction in electricity consumption using GELJET technology, is introduced.

2006-02

The Kyushu Branch of Ricoh Technosystems is presented with the Excellent Waste Reduction and Resource Recovery Company Award 2005.

2006-02

Tohoku Ricoh is awarded the Tohoku Economy and Industry Bureau Director-General Prize 2005 as part of Energy-Conservation Month in the Tohoku area.

2006-01

The Tokushima Branch of Shikoku Ricoh is certified as a Tokushima 3R Business Site.

2006-01

The 12th Ricoh Group's Sustainability Environmental Conference is held.

2006-01

The Tokyo Office of Ricoh Elemex is certified as an Eco Clean Business Site by Shinagawa Ward.

2006-01

Ricoh's Numazu Plant receives the PRTR Excellence Award at the PRTR Awards 2005.

2006-01

Ricoh Group Sustainability Report 2005 receives the Environmental Report Excellent Award in the Environmental Report Category and the Environmental Reporting Meister Award at the 9th Environmental Communication Awards.

2006-01

Ricoh Fukui Plant's 2005 Environmental Report is awarded the Environmental Report Excellence Award at the 9th Environmental Communication Awards.

2005-12

Plant-based plastic is used in part of the housing for the imagio Neo 602ec/752ec, a high-speed multifunctional digital copier, which is the first time a plant-based plastic is used in the copier and printer industries.

2005-12

The Ricoh Group participates in Eco Products 2005.

2005-12

The 18th Ricoh Company Meeting for Environmental Volunteer Leaders is held.

2005-12

A high-speed multifunctional copier equipped with HYBRID QSU energy-saving fixation technology wins fourth prize in the Innovators Category of the Low Carbon Leaders Awards.

2005-12

Ricoh receives the Excellence Award in the Corporate Performance Category at the 1st Environmental Efficiency Award 2005.

2005-12

Ricoh receives the Best E-com Award from students of Kobe University as the most excellent company in environmental communication.

2005-11

The 20th Ricoh Nature Seminar Elementary Course is held. The number of Ricoh environmental volunteer leaders totals 334.

2005-11

Ricoh's environmental advertisements are given the gold prize in the magazine category of the 45th Advertisement Beneficial to Consumers Contest.

2005-10

The 19th Ricoh Nature Seminar Elementary Course is held. The number of Ricoh environmental volunteer leaders totals 316.

2005-10

Ricoh receives the 2005 Director-General Prize for resource-recirculating technologies and systems form the Industrial Science and Technology and the Environment Bureau of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for its used toner container recovery project.

2005-10

Sanai Logistics Co., Ltd. (Kansai) is awarded as an 2005 Excellent Automobile Transportation Company.

2005-09

The fourth Ricoh Forest Seminar is held. The number of Ricoh forest conservation leaders totals 46.

2005-09

Ricoh Printing Technologies' Yamagata Plant is presented with the Chairman's Award of Japan Greenery Research and Development Center at the 2005 Commendation for Excellent Factories in Greenery Development.

2005-08

Ricoh acquires China's Type I Environmental Label for the first time.

2005-08

The 17th Ricoh Company Meeting for Environmental Volunteer Leaders is held.

2005-08

Tochigi Ricoh is commended as a 2005 Road Conservation Group by the Kanto Regional Development Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

2005-07

The cogeneration system at Ricoh Fukui Plant is completed.

2005-07

Ricoh RS Products Division is given the Eco Rail Mark.

2005-07

The fourth Ricoh parent-child nature school is held.

2005-07

Ricoh is given the world's highest rating for corporate social responsibility in oekom research AG of Germany Environmental Ranking in the category of IT industry.

2005-06

Ricoh Fukui Plant's 2004 Environmental Report is given a Continued Excellence Award for the Site Report at the 8th Environmental Report Award.

2005-06

Ecoleaf labeling for the imagio Neo 350RC/450RC recycled copier is made public. It is the first time in the copier and printer industries that Ecoleaf labeling for reconditioned copiers is made public.

2005-06

An exhibition at Ecolife Fair 2005 is set up.

2005-06

Ricoh's energy-saving fixation technology by capacitor is given the Technology Award at the 2004 Commendation by the Nihon Gazo Gakkai.

2005-06

Ricoh's Fukui Plant receives the Excellent Sustainable Management Award of the Third Japan Sustainable Management Award.

2005-05

Ricoh presents the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award at a science contest at the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), which is held for high school students all over the world.

2005-05

The 18th Ricoh Nature Seminar Elementary Course is held.
The number of environmental volunteer leaders totals 296.

2005-05

The Environmental Conference in Europe is held with no CO2 emissions (carbon neutral).

2005-05

The Ricoh Group's 2004 sustainability reports (Environmental Report, Corporate Social Responsibility Report, and Annual Report) are given Continued Excellence Award for CSR Report and Sustainability Report Excellence Award at the 8th Environmental Report Award.

2004 (April 2004 - March 2005)

2005-03

Ricoh Fukui Plant receives the Excellent Sustainable Management Award of the Third Japan Sustainable Management Award sponsored by Mie Prefecture.

2005-03

Ricoh given AAA, the highest environmental rating, from the Tohmatsu Evaluation and Certification Organization.

2005-02

The 11th Ricoh Group's Sustainability Environmental Conference is held.

2005-02

The 4th Ricoh Nature Seminar Intermediate Course is held.

2005-02

The imagio Neo C355/285 series of digital color multifunctional copiers, which significantly reduce environmental impact based on the EU's RoHS directive, is introduced.

2005-02

Ricoh given world's highest rating for corporate social responsibility in Germany's oekom research's Environmental Ranking in the category of IT/computers, peripherals, and other electronics.

2005-02

Ricoh Gotemba Plant receives the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry's Award (grand prize) in the electricity division for its outstanding energy conservation performance.

2005-01

The 16th Ricoh Company Meeting for Environmental Volunteer Leaders is held.

2005-01

Ricoh selected as one of the World's Top 100 Sustainable Companies by the World Economic Forum (Davos Forum).

2004-12

Display of ecosystem conservation activities started at the exhibition on Eco-Products

2004-12

The Ricoh Group Participates in Eco Products 2004.

2004-12

The imagio Neo 350RC/450RC series of environmentally conscious digital copiers is introduced.

2004-12

Ricoh ranks first in the manufacturing division in Nihon Keizai Shimbun'S 8th Corporate Environmental Management Level Survey for the fourth time.

2004-12

The Ricoh Group's 2004 sustainability report (Environmental Report, Corporate Social Responsibility Report, Annual Report) given the Sustainability Report Excellence Award, Environmental Report Excellent Award, and Environmental Reporting Meister Award at the 8th Environmental Communication Awards.

2004-12

Ricoh Fukui Plant's fiscal 2004 environmental report awarded the Environmental Report Excellence Award at the 8th Environmental Communication Awards.

2004-11

The Ricoh Group holds the 17th Nature Seminar. The number of Ricoh environmental volunteers totals 277.

2004-11

Ricoh Asia Pacific reports on the Ricoh Group's social contribution of environmental conservation at the General Meeting of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) held in Bangkok, Thailand.

2004-11

Ricoh Corporation (U.S.A.) receives the 2004 Green Contractor Award.

2004-10

Ricoh acquires System Certification of the Eco Leaf environmental label in the digital camera business.

2004-10

The Aficio2060 ec/2075 ec, a high-speed multifunctional digital copier equipped with the HYBRID QSU energy conservation technology, is introduced. The copier achieves the world's first 10-second recovery time from energy-saving mode.

2004-10

The Ricoh Group Environmental Principle is revised.

2004-10

Ricoh Ohmori Plant receives accreditation for its VOC testing laboratory for the first time as a manufacturer by the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) in Germany.

2004-10

Tohoku Ricoh receives the 2004 Director's Prize for the plant with outstanding greening activities from the Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry.

2004-10

Ricoh receives the 2004 Director-General Prize for resource-recirculating technologies and systems from the Industrial Science and Technology and the Environment Bureau of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for its recycling business involving used copiers.

2004-10

Iwate Ricoh wins the Chairman's Prize of the Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Promotion Council.

2004-10

Ricoh Electronics (U.S.A.) receives the Year of the Award of the Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) from the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

2004-09

The Technology Center (Aichi Prefecture) of Ricoh Elemex Corporation achieves Zero-Waste-to-Landfill.

2004-09

The third Ricoh Forest Seminar is held. The number of Ricoh forest conservation leaders totals 38.

2004-08

The 15th Ricoh Company Meetings for Environmental Volunteer Leaders is held.

2004-08

The Tokyo office of Ricoh Elemex Corporation achieves Zero-Waste-to-Landfill.

2004-07

Ricoh Group holds the third parent-child nature school.

2004-07

Ricoh placed 11th in the Nikkei Business CSR Best 100 Company Ranking in total assessment.

2004-06

Ricoh and JQA jointly implement a pilot program for the certification system for the information management of chemical substances contained in products.

2004-06

Ricoh Group issues three interconnecting sustainability reports (Environment Report, Corporate Social Responsibility Report and Annual Report) for fiscal 2004 for the first time.

2004-06

Ricoh ranks 19th in Businessweek's Global 500 list of the world's top companies (ranks second among Japanese companies).

2004-05

Ricoh and FoE Japan sign an agreement on the Ricoh-FoE Japan Project to Conserve Taiga, the Northern Limit Habitat of Tigers, which is being carried out in the Russian Far East.

2004-04

A briefing on the revision to Ricoh Group's green procurement policy and certification system of the chemical management system (CMS) is held.

2004-04

All sales companies of the Ricoh Tohoku Group achieve Level 2 Zero-Waste-to-Landfill.

2004-04

Ricoh Group Sustainability Report 2003 receives the Consistent Performance Prize at the Seventh Green Reporting Awards for the third year in a row.

2004-04

Ricoh Fukui Plant's fiscal 2003 environmental report wins the Prize for Site Reports at the Seventh Green Reporting Awards for the fourth year in a row.

2003 (April 2003 - March 2004)

2004-03

The 9th International Procurement Conference held

2004-03

The 14th Ricoh Company Meetings for Environmental Volunteer Leaders held

2004-03

Ricoh Group's fourth parent-child nature school held

2004-02

imagio Neo 752 equipped with energy conservation technology HYBRID QSU and imagio Neo 602 equipped with QSU energy conservation technology introduced

2004-02

Toyama office of Ricoh Technosystems CO., Ltd.'s Chubu Branch is recognized as "eco establishment" by Toyama Prefecture.

2004-02

The 10th Ricoh Group Environmental Conference held

2004-02

Saga Ricoh is recognized as "eco shop" by Saga Prefecture.

2004-02

The 3rd Ricoh Group Green Procurement Conference held

2004-02

IPSiO G707/G505 GEL JET Printer equipped with high-speed duplex function introduced

2004-02

imagio Neo 752/602 series receives the Energy Conservation Center Chairman's Prize in the 14th Energy-Saving Awards.

2004-01

Ricoh implements Ricoh Group's Code of Conduct and Ricoh Group's CSR Charter.

2004-01

Ricoh Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. (Singapore) acquires ISO 14001 certification.

2004-01

Suzuka local office attached to Yokkaichi office of Ricoh Technosystems' Chubu Branch is recognized as "eco establishment" by Suzuka, Mie Prefecture.

2004-01

The 15th Ricoh Nature Seminar held

2003-12

Participates in Eco Products 2003

2003-12

The 13th Ricoh Company Meetings for Environmental Volunteer Leaders held

2003-11

Eco Collaboration Web Access application package introduced

2003-11

Ricoh co-sponsors G-ForSE2003, jointly organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Sports Alliance (GSA).

2003-11

imagio MF5570RC/MF7070RC environmentally conscious multifunctional digital copiers introduced

2003-11

The 2nd Environmental Site Report Information Exchange Meeting held

2003-10

The 3rd Ricoh Nature Seminar Intermediary Course held

2003-10

The 14th Ricoh Nature Seminar held

2003-09

The Ricoh Group issues the English version of the Sustainability Report 2003.

2003-09

The second Ricoh Forest Seminar (Nature Seminar) held

2003-09

Nagano Ricoh wins Nagano Eco Circle gold rating from Nagano city under their ecology certification system.

2003-09

Ricoh and IBM Japan co-sponsor the Asia-Pacific round of 2003 WEC IEF, organized by the World Environmental Center (WEC).

2003-09

Ricoh Engineering acquires ISO 14001 certification.

2003-08

The imagio Neo 352/452/221/271 series equipped with QSU energy conservation technology introduced

2003-08

The 12th Ricoh Company Meetings for Environmental Volunteer Leaders held

2003-08

Ricoh Group holds the third parent-child nature school

2003-08

Ricoh holds Green Procurement Fair 2003.

2003-08

Aficio 2035/2045 wins Hungary's first Type I Eco-Label for office equipment.

2003-07

The first Global Recycle Technical Meeting held

2003-07

Reports at the 6th Green Reporting Awards 2003.

2003-07

Eight Nagoya city establishments of the Chubu Branch of Ricoh Technosystems CO., Ltd. are recognized as "eco establishments" by Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture.

2003-06

Environmental Standards for Paper Product Procurement laid down

2003-06

Ricoh Group's second parent-child nature school held

2003-06

Ricoh establishes environmental regulations for paper products.

2003-06

The third environment month commemorative seminar held

2003-06

The Ricoh Group issues Sustainability Report 2003.

2003-05

Kakegawa office of Shizuoka Ricoh Co., Ltd. and Kakegawa Service Station of Ricoh Technosystems Shizuoka service station are recognized as No.1 and No.2 advanced establishments, respectively, in the field of waste reduction and recycling by Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture.

2003-04

Holds the 13th Ricoh Nature Seminar

2003-04

Yokohama Training Center, Ricoh Human Creates Co., Ltd. acquires ISO14001 certification.

2003-04

Lanier Espana S.A.U. acquires ISO 14001 certification.

2003-04

Ricoh installs a neon sign fully powered by natural energy in Osaka.

2002 (April 2002 - March 2003)

2003-03

The imagio Neo 351/451 series (seven models) is marketed.

2003-03

Ricoh Logistics System achieves a 100% resource recovery rate (Zero-Waste-to-Landfill) at the Tohoku, Awaji, and Tosu logistics centers.

2003-03

Ricoh Australia begins support for Warrimoo Public School, which provides environmental education for children.

2003-03

Ricoh Europe begins support for the Woodland Trust, a U.K. NPO, for forest ecosystem conservation activities.

2003-03

The Ichimura Kyushu School of Nature opens.

2003-02

The imagio Neo 751/601 series of high-speed, energy-efficient multifunctional copiers is marketed.

2003-02

The imagio MF3570RC, an environment-friendly digital copier, is marketed exclusively for rental use.

2003-02

The European Environmental Conference is held.

2003-02

The second Ricoh Group Green Procurement Meeting is held.

2003-01

Ricoh establishes the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Division.

2003-01

Ricoh China Co., Ltd. is established in Shanghai, China.

2003-01

The IPSiO NX650S/750/850 is marketed.

2003-01

The imagio Neo C380 model 75 is marketed.

2003-01

The imagio MF4570RC, an environment-friendly digital copier, is marketed exclusively for rental use.

2003-01

The Twelfth Ricoh Nature Seminar is held.

2002-12

The Ricoh Group implements the first commendation of the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award.

2002-12

Ricoh makes an entry for Eco Products 2002.

2002-12

The Ninth Ricoh Group Environmental Conference is held.

2002-11

The Noise Testing Center of Ricoh Omori Plant acquires ISO/IEC17025 certification from the NIST (the U.S.).

2002-11

Gotemba and Atsugi logistics centers of Ricoh Logistics System achieve a 100% resource recovery rate (Zero-Waste-to-Landfill).

2002-11

Ricoh Hong Kong cares for trees planted in a national park in the suburbs of Saikung, Hong Kong.

2002-11

An Intermediate course for the Ricoh Nature Seminar is held for the second time. The First Forest Seminar is held.

2002-11

Ricoh Unitechno holds its third company environment conference.

2002-10

Ricoh works with the C.W. Nicol Afan Forest to create a program in which children and their parents enjoy nature in the forest together.

2002-10

Ricoh Ohmori Office achieves a 100% resource recovery rate (Zero-Waste-to-Landfill).

2002-10

The Eleventh Ricoh Nature Seminar is held.

2002-09

Ricoh system acquires Type III Eco-Label certification from the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry (JEMAI).

2002-09

The Ricoh Group issues the English version of Sustainability Report 2002.

2002-08

Use of FSC-certified paper started

2002-08

Ricoh begins support to the Wild Bird Society of Japan, Yanbaru Branch (NGO) for a forest ecosystem conservation project in the Yanbaru forest, Okinawa.

2002-07

The Ricoh Group announces an update to its environmental accounting.

2002-07

The Ricoh Group issues the Sustainability Report 2002.

2002-06

The second lecture commemorating the month-long campaign to promote employee awareness of environmental conservation is held.

2002-06

The imagio Neo C240/C320 series (eight models) is marketed.

2002-05

The Tenth Ricoh Nature Seminar is held.

2002-05

Ricoh begins support for the C.W. Nicol Afan Forest in its forest restoration project.

2002-04

Ricoh announces its participation in the UN Global Compact.

2002-04

Ricoh works with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), an international environmental NGO, to restore the habitat of the giant panda in Shichuan Province, China.

2002-04

Ricoh begins support for the Conservation Cocoa Project operated by Conservation International, an international environmental NGO, in the Kakum conservation area in Ghana, West Africa

2002-04

The Ricoh Group conducts an eco study tour of Huangtu Plateau in China.

2001 (April 2001 - March 2002)

2002-03

Ecosystem conservation activities incorporated into the Environmental Action Plan

2002-03

The Ricoh Group's main production sites in the world achieve a 100% resource recovery rate (Zero-Waste-to-Landfill).

2002-03

Ricoh (UK), Ricoh France, NRG Ireland, Ricoh Norge, Ricoh Espana, Ricoh Europe, Sucursal em Portugal, and Ricoh Polska acquire ISO 14001 certification.

2002-03

A press release on the Ricoh Group's environmental action plan (FY2002-2004) is issued.

2002-03

Ricoh Asia Industry (RAI), Taiwan Ricoh, Iwate Ricoh, Ricoh Technosystems (Tokyo Branch, Kanagawa Branch, Kyushu Branch, Chugoku Branch) achieve a 100% resource recovery rate (Zero-Waste-to-Landfill).

2002-02

Ricoh Australia and Ricoh Canada acquire ISO 14001 certification.

2002-02

European Environment Meeting is held.

2002-01

The first Ricoh Green Procurement Meeting is held.

2002-01

Ricoh Shin-Yokohama Office achieves a 100% resource recovery rate (Zero-Waste-to-Landfill)

2002-01

Ricoh Technosystems, Chiba Branch achieves a 100% resource recovery rate (Zero-Waste-to-Landfill).

2002-01

Ricoh Italia acquires ISO 14001 certification.

2001-12

imagio MF6550RC, an environmentally conscious digital copier, is marketed for rental use.

2001-12

The imagio Neo 750/600 series is marketed.

2001-12

Ricoh Gotemba Plant is the first domestic business site of the Group to renew ISO 14001 certification for the second time.

2001-12

Ricoh obtains the Eco Mark for its laser printer IPSiO series.

2001-12

Eighth Ricoh Company Environmental Competition is held.

2001-12

Third Five Regional Environment Meeting is held.

2001-12

Ricoh Logistics System acquires permission for a nationwide collection and transportation of industrial waste.

2001-12

Ricoh's Japanese sales companies collectively acquire ISO 14001 certification.

2001-12

Ricoh Shinagawa System Center, Ginza Office and Toda Technical Center achieve a 100% resource recovery rate (Zero-Waste-to-Landfill).

2001-12

Ricoh Austria, Ricoh Deutschland, Ricoh Hungary, NRG France, and Gestetner (Israel) acquire ISO 14001 certification.

2001-11

NRG Group UK, Ricoh Europe B.V. (the Netherlands), and Ricoh Leasing Company acquire ISO 14001 certification.

2001-11

Ricoh Unitechno holds second company environment conference.

2001-11

Ninth Ricoh Nature Seminar is held.

2001-10

Gotemba Plant completes a biotope and opens a nature school.

2001-09

Ricoh Hong Kong, Ricoh Belgium, Ricoh Nederland, and Ricoh Logistics System acquire ISO 14001 certification.

2001-09

Ricoh Group Sustainability Report 2001 is published.

2001-09

Ricoh UK Products achieves a 100% resource recovery rate (zero waste to landfill).

2001-08

Gestetner Svenska acquires ISO 14001 certification.

2001-08

"Our earth, our tomorrow" is decided as the Eco Slogan for four regions except Japan.

2001-07

Ricoh announces its participation in e-mission 55.

2001-07

Eighth Ricoh Nature Seminar is held.

2001-07

European Environment Meeting is held.

2001-07

NRG Deutschland acquires ISO 14001 certification.

2001-06

RIF (France) issues Environment, an environmental report.

2001-06

Gestetner Denmark, NRG Comunicaciones (NRG Spain), and Ricoh New Zealand acquire ISO 14001 certification.

2001-06

The imagio Neo 220/270 series is marketed.

2001-05

Ricoh Hong Kong plants trees in a park located in Saikung, Hong Kong, as part of its greening activities.

2001-05

The Ricoh Nature Seminar's intermediary course is held for the first time.

2001-05

NRG Italia and Ricoh Electronic Technology (China) acquire ISO 14001 certification.

2001-04

Ricoh holds a business workshop on the prevention of global warming, which is held by WWF Japan.

2001-04

Ricoh Corporation (San Jose) acquires ISO 14001 certification.

2001-04

Seventh Ricoh Nature Seminar is held.

2001-04

Fourth American Environment Meeting is held.

2000 (April 2000 - March 2001)

2001-03

Ricoh's President Sakurai attends the first meeting of the Conference on the Creation of Wa no Kuni.

2001-03

Ricoh Elemex's Okazaki Plant, Ricoh Electronics plants in Mexico and California, and Yashiro Plant achieve 100% resource recovery rate (zero waste).

2001-01

Ricoh Logistics starts using recyclable eco-packages.

2001-01

Minister of the Environment, Yoriko Kawaguchi, visits Numazu Plant.

2001-01

Holds Seventh Ricoh Company Environmental Competition

2001-01

Holds Second Five-Party Environment Meeting

2000-12

The second European Environment Meeting held

2000-12

The sixth Ricoh Nature Seminar is held and the number of Ricoh environmental volunteer leaders reaches 91 in total

2000-12

Third American Environment Meeting held

2000-12

Ricoh Electronics' (U.S.) Georgia Plant and Ricoh Electronic Devices' Ikeda Plant achieve 100% resource recovery rate (zero waste).

2000-12

Gestetner Management obtains ISO 14001 certification.

2000-12

Gestetner Buomaschinen Verkaufsges.m.b.H. (Austria) obtains ISO 14001 certification.

2000-12

Ricoh Logistics obtains ISO 14001 certification.

2000-11

Tohoku Recycling Center is opened, completing the Ricoh Group's recycling system in Japan.

2000-11

Ricoh Unitechno holds Environmental Communication 2000 convention.

2000-10

Ricoh's 11 nonproduction sites obtain ISO 14001 certification.

2000-10

Fukui Ricoh achieves 100% resource recovery rate (zero waste), the first of the Ricoh Group's general sales companies to do so.

2000-09

Aoyama Office achieves 100% resource recovery rate (zero waste), the first of Ricoh's nonproduction sites achievement.

2000-09

Holds Fifth Ricoh Nature Seminar

2000-09

Ricoh Group Environmental Report 2000 published

2000-09

Ricoh Techno Systems obtains ISO 14001 certification, the first of the Ricoh Group's support and after-sales service division to do so.

2000-09

Ricoh Elemex's Ena Plant and Ricoh Optical Industries achieve 100% resource recovery rate (zero waste).

2000-08

Hasama Ricoh achieves 100% resource recovery rate (zero waste).

2000-06

Ricoh Keiki, Tohoku Ricoh, Ricoh Microelectronics, and Ricoh Industrie France achieve 100% resource recovery rate (zero waste).

2000-05

Ricoh begins overseas virgin forest restoration projects.

2000-05

Holds Fourth Ricoh Nature Seminar

1976-1999 (April 1976 - March 2000)

2000-03

Holds the 1st Global Recycling Conference

2000-03

Sagamino Plant Part Component System achieves 100% resource recovery rate (zero waste).

2000-03

Holds Five-Party Environment Meeting

2000-03

Holds First Global Recycling Conference

2000-02

Ricoh's digital multifunctional copier, the imagio MF6550, acquires Type III Environmental Impact Disclosure from BVQI (Sweden).

2000-01

Ricoh acquires Eco-Mark certification for 28 copier models.

2000-01

Atsugi Plant achieves 100% resource recovery rate (zero waste).

1999-12

Ricoh enters one of its machines in Eco-Products 1999, Japan's first comprehensive exhibition for environment-friendly products.

1999-12

Holds First Company Meeting for Environmental Volunteer Leaders

1999-12

Hatano Plant achieves 100% resource recovery rate (zero waste).

1999-11

Ricoh Unitechno achieves 100% resource recovery rate (zero waste).

1999-10

Opens Northern Kansai and Southern Kansai recycling centers

1999-10

Ricoh discloses information on the environmental impact of the imagio MF6550 through Type III Environmental Labels.

1999-09

Ricoh announces results of its first environmental accounting.

1999-09

Gotemba Plant achieves 100% resource recovery rate (zero waste).

1999-08

Ricoh Aoyama Head Office is listed in the Eco-Improvement Office Tokyo Declaration (Type I).

1999-07

Holds Environmental Management System Screening Standards Seminar pursuant to the Ricoh Group's green procurement guidelines

1999-06

Implements recyclable design level 4

1999-06

Ricoh introduces its environmental volunteer leader training program.

1999-06

Holds First Ricoh Nature Seminar

1999-05

Opens Green Cycle Systems, Northern Kanto Recycling Center

1999-04

Constructs Kyushu Recycle Tech, the new Kyushu Recycling Center

1999-02

Ricoh Numazu achieves a 100% resource recovery rate (zero waste).

1999-01

Issues the Ricoh Group Environmental Report 1998 Holds the Fifth Ricoh Company Environment Competition

1998-12

Holds the 1st Global Warming Prevention Business Workshop, organized by WWF Japan, at Ricoh Aoyama Head Office

1998-10

Ricoh Fukui Plant achieves a 100% resource recovery rate (Zero-Waste-to-Landfill).

1998-10

Starts Ricoh Recycle Label System

1998-10

Holds European Environment Conference sponsored by European region unification company Ricoh Europe B.V.

1998-10

Announces external cabinet plastic material recycling case at the Eco Balance International Symposium

1998-09

Ricoh Omori's Noise Testing Center receives first NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) international certification in Japan.

1998-05

Issues the Ricoh Group Green Procurement Guidelines

1998-04

Ricoh establishes the Recycling Division.

1998-04

Revises Ricoh's General Principles on the Environment

1998-03

Holds Fourth Ricoh Company Environment Competition

1998-03

Draws Ricoh Environmental Action Plan

1997-10

Six copier models awarded the Nordic Swan Mark (Scandinavian environmental label)

1997-09

Announces eco-packaging LCA case at the Eco-Material International Symposium

1997-03

Sets management of 79 types of chemical substances

1997-02

Holds Third Ricoh Company Environment Competition

1997-02

Opens Ricoh Kanto Recycling Center

1996-11

Implements recyclable design level 3

1996-07

Ricoh UK Products acquires BS 7750/ISO 14001 certification.

1996-03

Chemical substances management system RECSIS starts operations.

1996-02

Holds Second Ricoh Company Environment Competition