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Strategy -18th Environmental Action Plan-

The Ricoh Group’s 18th Environmental Action Plan (Fiscal 2014 to 2016)

The 18th Environmental Action Plan

The Ricoh Group established the new Environmental Action Plan in accordance with the 18th Medium-Term Management Plan (fiscal 2014 to 2016).
The strategic priorities and goals were mainly set with the following objectives in mind:

  • Achieve Mid- and Long-Term Environmental Impact Reduction Goals
  • Contribute to business growth and the enhancement of corporate value
  • Strengthen cooperation with society/stakeholders
  • Achieve consistency with midterm management strategies

The 18th Environmental Action Plan can be summarized as follows.
Based on the Plan, the Ricoh Group will promote environmental management to help bring about a sustainable society as well as ensuring the longevity of the Ricoh Group.

*Results of Fiscal 2014

1. Energy Conservation/Prevention of Global Warming
  1-1. Reduce CO2 emissions in the product lifecycle
  1-1-1.Reduce the amount of CO2 emissions in the product lifecycle to achieve the Year 2020 Environmental Impact Reduction Goals.
[Target: Reduce the total amount of CO2 emissions in the processes of product manufacture, use and procurement by 35% or more compared with the fiscal 2000 level.]
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Reduced the amount of CO2 emissions in the product life cycle by 35.8% in fiscal 2014 compared with the fiscal 2000 level, thus achieving the target. Will maintain the reduction level of 35% or more while attaining business growth.
1-2. Reduce CO2 emissions through eco-friendly products and solutions
  1-2-1. Reduce CO2 emissions in society overall by developing and providing environmentally friendly products and solutions.
[Target:
a) Develop and provide products with improved energy-saving performance.
b) Increase emissions reduction by changing customers' work flow.
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a) Reduced CO2 emissions related to energy consumption of Ricoh products by launching new products with high energy-saving functions. In recognition of this achievement, we received an award for the energy-saving feature of our color multifunction printers (MFPs) for the second year in a row.
b) Reduced CO2 emissions by 374,000 tons (equivalent to 1.2 times the total amount of CO2 emitted from Ricoh Group factories around the world) in fiscal 2014 through the provision of videoconferencing systems, paperless solutions, and other products/services. Will continue working to expand emissions reduction through the provision of products/services that can change office workflows.
1-3. Reduce CO2 emissions in business activities
  1-3-1. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by production activities (manufacturing subsidiaries in and outside Japan).
[Target: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in manufacturing processes to 330,000 tons or less.
(Reduce CO2 emissions per sales unit by 18% or more compared with the fiscal 2000 level).]
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Reduced to 325,000 tons-CO2 in fiscal 2014, thus achieving the target of 330,000 tons-CO2.
Will maintain the level of 330,000 tons-CO2 or less while attaining business growth.
1-3-2. Reduce the amount of CO2 emissions in sales and distribution processes (non-manufacturing subsidiaries in and outside Japan).
[Target:
Japan: Reduce the amount of CO2 emissions in sales and distribution processes to 38,000 tons or less (decrease of 35% compared with the fiscal 2000 level).
Overseas: Reduce the amount of CO2 emissions caused by vehicles for business use in the sales process.]
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Japan: Reduced to 39,000 tons-CO2 in fiscal 2014, progressing steadily to achieve the fiscal 2016 target of 380,000 tons-CO2.
Overseas: Created a system to assess the relevant current situations necessary for setting targets.
1-3-3. Improve the energy management system.
[Target: Positively utilize energy services to reduce both electricity cost and CO2 emissions.]
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Reviewed the current electricity contracts at each site in terms of cost and CO2 emissions and examined the possibility of using the new power supply service.
Plan to switch from major electricity utilities to new power supply service, starting from fiscal 2015.
2. Resource Conservation and Recycling
  2-1. Improve the efficiency of resources by implementing the 3Rs for products
  2-1-1. Reduce input of new resources for products to achieve the Year 2020 Environmental Impact Reduction Goals.
[Target: Reduce input of new resources by more than 3.2 times compared with fiscal 2007 level.]
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Reduced input of new resources by 3.1 times the fiscal 2007 level, thus progressing steadily to achieve the fiscal 2016 input reduction target of 3.2 times the fiscal 2007 level.
2-2. Reduce waste and water use in business activities
  2-2-1. Reduce waste generated from business activities.
[Target: Reduce the amount of waste proportionate to sales to improve on the previous year's level in each fiscal year.]
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Reduced the amount of waste proportionate to sales by 6.8% from fiscal 2013, thus achieving the target. Will continue efforts to reduce cost and waste of resources alike.
2-2-2. Reduce the amount of water used in business activities.
[Target: Reduce water use proportionate to sales to improve on the previous year's level in each fiscal year.]
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Increased water use proportionate to sales by 2.3% from fiscal 2013, failing to achieve the target. Will step up efforts for water usage reduction.
3. Pollution Prevention
  3-1. Reduce the amount of environmentally sensitive substances used and emitted in business activities
  3-1-1. Reduce the amount of environmentally sensitive substances used and emitted.
[Target: Reduce usage and emission of environmentally sensitive substances to a level lower than that of fiscal 2010 respectively, in each fiscal year. ]
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Reduced usage to significantly below the fiscal 2010 level, thus achieving the target.
Reduced emissions to below the fiscal 2010 level, thus achieving the target.
Will continue efforts for usage and emission reduction.
4. Biodiversity Conservation
  4-1. Conduct biodiversity conservation and restoration by all of the Ricoh Group
  4-1-1. Use wood-based products carefully in consideration of biodiversity.
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As a member of the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB), formulated the Corporate Procurement Guide for Promoting Biodiversity Conservation. Held briefings for major paper suppliers on the Guide. Will step up efforts to promote biodiversity conservation in procuring wood-based products, in accordance with the Guide.
4-1-2. Consider biodiversity at all Ricoh Group operational sites.
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Included in the site management guideline provisions on the removal of invasive species and reduced use of chemical pesticides. Implemented management under the modified guidelines at a total of 32 Group sites. In fiscal 2014, at 20 and 7 locations in Japan and overseas, respectively, no chemical pesticides were used and only pesticides complying with IPM* are used in the management of the premises.
* Pesticides with a low negative impact on the ecosystem in accordance with the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) concept.
4-1-3. Conduct biodiversity conservation activities with local societies, using company forests.
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Commenced biodiversity conservation activities in Ricoh Ena Forest, owned by Ricoh Elemex Corporation in Japan, in cooperation with local communities. To organize the activities, we launched the Ricoh Ena Forest Nakasendo Satoyama Council jointly with local organizations. Approximately 350 people, including 150 local residents, participated in monthly forest preservation sessions, and approximately 80 local children participated in nature observation events.
4-1-4. Develop preservation activities for forest ecosystems.
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-The six ongoing forest ecosystem conservation activities progressed as planned.
-Concluded the forest restoration project in Brazil in fiscal 2014-its eighth year since launch-upon establishment of systems and capabilities necessary for local communities to manage sustainable conservation activities self-reliantly, while partially receiving support from the government, which designated the location as a national park in recognition of the importance of Ricoh's project.
4-1-5. Conduct biodiversity conservation activities in cooperation with stakeholders.
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Conducted biodiversity conservation activities, including planting, conserving rural landscapes, river/forest/coastal cleanups, and removal of identified invasive species in 18 countries. A total of 6,700 Group employees and 1,400 stakeholders, including customers and employee family members, participated in these activities.
5. Enhance the Basis for Environmental Management
  5-1. Promote the development of environmental technologies
  5-1-1. Promote the development of environmental technologies to create a sustainable society.
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Developed new environmental technologies, including a complete solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell, ultrafine polishing film (employing agglomerated abrasive grain), and energy-generating rubber. Will accelerate environmental technology development efforts to contribute to creating a sustainable society.
5-2. Expand environmental business
  5-2-1. Expand the resource-recirculating business.
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Worked to achieve global optimization of reuse/recycling businesses that have been expanded into various parts of the world. Increased sales of recycled copiers, resulting in a total reuse amount of 7,436 tons.
5-2-2. Expand the provision of customer values from an environmental point of view.
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Advised environmentally conscious customers to employ carbon offset printing services, paperless meeting solutions, and other environmental services. Received the Gold rating in the supplier sustainability survey conducted by EcoVadis, enabling us to meet the request of our customers for performance assessment by the sustainability rating company.
5-3. Collaborate more closely with stakeholders
  5-3-1. Collaborate with external groups to help bring about a sustainable society.
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Engaged in a variety of collaboration initiatives aimed at creating a sustainable society, including:
- As a member of the Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (Japan-CLP), proposed policies and exchanged opinions with policy makers in an effort to address climate change issues.
- Announced endorsement of the World Bank Group’s statement for supporting carbon pricing initiatives.
- Announced endorsement of the Trillion Tonne Communiqué, which was proposed by the Corporate Leaders’ Group on Climate Change, a U.K. corporate network tackling the global climate issue.
- As a member of the Japan Business Initiative for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity (JBIB), worked with other organizations to create calculation methods for natural capital and water footprint.
5-3-2. Promote environmental consciousness in society through the environmental activities of employees.
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Organized the annual Global Eco Action over the entire month of June, turning off signage around the world on the UN's World Environment Day while each location held various environmental activities involving employees, customers, local governments, and other stakeholders. Also, launched a dedicated Facebook page to provide live updates on the Group’s global environmental actions.
5-3-3. Consider the environment in supply chains in cooperation with suppliers.
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Revised the Ricoh Group Supplier Code of Conduct to newly include the item of “conservation of biodiversity.” Conducted CSR self-assessment surveys on a total of 560 suppliers for the Group’s production sites based in China (collection rate: 100%), to identify the presence of business risks to which they might be subject from the CSR viewpoint. The results confirmed the absence of material risks relating to environment management systems and chemical substances control systems.
Also performed an onsite inspection at five suppliers in Japan, and confirmed the current situation and exchanged opinions.