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Technical and environmental achievements exceed legislation and expectation.

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Ricoh Group Sustainability Report

Ricoh's Sustainability report 2014

View the report online or download it in Adobe PDF format

  • Biodiversity

    Solar panels and a wind farm under a blue sky.

    Preserving biodiversity through business and social contribution.

Respect for our environment is as much a part of our DNA as is technological innovation. We extend this passion to encompass all areas of our global business - even our suppliers and their practices stand within our environmental responsibility. Our Eco Balance approach to people, the planet and profits ensures our sustainable business model is continuously improved to support our business and environmental objectives.

Ricoh is committed to reducing CO2 emissions from its business processes by 88% by 2050 (compared to 2000 results) with an interim target of 30% by 2020. The original target to reduce emissions by 20% by 2010 was achieved six months early. Our global CO2 footprint has reduced by 45000 tonnes since 2007.

By introducing our Chemical Substance Management System (CSMS) in 1993 and our subsequent CSMS for Suppliers in 2006, Ricoh ensures that we exceed all European and global legislation requirements for the use of certain substances. All our products are RoHS and REACH compliant and contain no hazardous substances.

Since the introduction of our New Environmental Accounting System (NEAS) in 1999, Ricoh has measured and monitored all costs and benefits from its environmental activities and this now represents a key area for the reduction of costs and the management of significant indirect revenue.

Our Green Procurement Policies and Supplier Partnership schemes ensure we support and manage all lifecycle impacts into the business.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle represents the fundamental message for resource conservation, and our recycling programs for toner cartridges and end of life equipment ensure we maximise this opportunity as well as comply with all relevant legislation.

We are committed to reducing environmental impacts at all stages of our product lifecycle including helping and guiding our Customers to reduce the “in-house” impacts of their document management during the “in-use” phase.

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Milestones

Since our first environmental office was created in Japan in 1976, we have achieved several ecological firsts:

  • In the 1980s we were the first to introduce Multi Functional Printers, reducing energy waste and cost. Our unique PPP green audit approach can save customers up to 30% of current costs and environmental impacts by switching from single function products. 

  •  In 2001 we achieved Zero-Waste-to-Landfill at all major production sites. Since 1999, our UK manufacturing site alone has diverted over 12000 tonnes of waste from landfill and transformed an annual cost of over £45000 to an operating profit of £30000+ 

  • By 2002, every operating office of Ricoh globally had achieved ISO 14001 accreditation.

  • In 2003 we became the first Asian firm to win the World Environment Centre Gold Medal.

  • We are the only company in our industry to be included in the 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the world for the last seven years running.

  • We were the first in our industry to use plant-based plastics in our devices.

  • In 2009 we launched the world’s first Biomass toner for certain products in Japan.

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