Business Sites:Production: Resource Conservation / Recycling
Auditing waste disposal service providers and implementing a Certification Program for Excellent Waste Disposal Service Providers
- Japan/Ricoh Co., Ltd.
Ricoh has been making efforts to enhance the audit of waste disposal service providers since 2005 so that waste generated by the company will be disposed of properly and appropriately by reliable partners. We established uniform audit standards for the Ricoh Group, conducted auditor training for employees engaged in waste disposal at respective business sites, and certified them as auditors. Ricoh currently audits all the service providers that have business relations with the Group’s production sites. In the event that any non-compliance is detected, the service provider is requested to make improvements, and is provided with assistance to carry them out. After a few days, a confirmation audit is conducted. In fiscal 2009, we revised our standards for service arrangements with waste disposal providers based on our audit standards. The revised standards have now been incorporated into the Ricoh Group Standards, a set of internal standards for entering new or renewing existing contracts with business partners. In addition, a Certification Program for Excellent Waste Disposal Service Providers has started, and we recognized the first certified vendor under this program in February 2010. As of April 25, 2011, 33 sites at 23 companies have received certification under the program.
In the certification program, we carefully conduct onsite inspections based on our own audit criteria, thereby detecting any risks of illegal waste disposal that might be overlooked in inspections through interviews or documents, thereby improving the operations of the audited service providers. We will cooperate with providers even more closely so that all of them can receive certification, thereby promoting the use of excellent waste disposal service providers.
Certifying Excellent Waste Disposal Service Providers
Matsuda Sangyo becomes the first certified provider.
On February 10, 2010, Ricoh presented a certificate to Matsuda Sangyo Co., Ltd. (Sayama Plant, Environmental Division; and Musashi and Iruma Factories, Product Division) at the Matsuda Sangyo headquarters in Shinjuku, Tokyo to recognize the company as the first Excellent Waste Disposal Service Provider for the Ricoh Group. Matsuda Sangyo operates food, precious metal, and environment businesses.
Its Environmental Division has a nationwide network for material recovery that takes advantage of the company’s proprietary highquality technologies in the fields of precious material recycling for the recovery of silver from used photosensitive materials and waste liquid processing. The company has been working hard to build a sustainable society through its corporate philosophy aimed at reducing the environmental impact and the effective use of non-recyclable resources.
Mr. Tsuneo Tokunaga, Senior Managing Director Product Division said, “We are honored to become a certified partner of an environmental leader like Ricoh. I believe that our constant commitment to the motto, ‘All our businesses must be of benefit to customers’ has led to our certification.” Mr. Ryuichi Yamazaki, Director Environmental Affairs Division, also said, “We are pleased with this recognition of our uncompromising efforts to meet the increasingly severe regulatory requirements of this decade. We are also grateful to Ricoh for the objective advice we received during the audit of our start-up Sayama Plant. Their input was really helpful.”
“Matsuda Sangyo is a reliable and diligent partner. I saw its staff members perusing Ricoh’s detailed documents in a waiting room before they picked up recyclable materials from our plant. They often provide us with specialized knowledge and the latest information. Through my day-to-day interaction with them, I can tell that the company takes pride in what they do. Strong and reliable partners like Matsuda Sangyo make the valuable activities of recourse recycling by manufacturers like Ricoh possible,” said Tomoko Yuuki, auditor at the RicohAtsugi Plant, who recommended Matsuda Sangyo to be the first certified vendor.