The Planet Earth we all inhabit is imperiled by the environmental stresses of human activities. Most people are familiar with news about climate change linked to global warming and shrinking forests, as well as such abnormal phenomena as catastrophic floods, poor harvests, and frequent forest fires in different parts of the world. The deteriorating global environment has put many living species at risk of extinction, and it is said that as many as 40,000 species disappear each year. Yet some people do not think that the loss of living species will have a profound impact on human activities. This view is mistaken, we believe. Potable water, food, clothing, medicine, and many other daily necessities are made of natural materials. The earth’s natural environment has evolved over a long period of time into a complex food web of plants, animals, and microorganisms. Human beings are dependent on the ecological blessings of nature.
The Ricoh Group seeks to contain the environmental impact of human society within the earth’s self-recovery capabilities. At present, however, human environmental impact far exceeds the self-recovery capabilities of the global environment, making it essential to reduce environmental impact in every conceivable way as soon as possible. Accordingly, our production division pursues energy and resource conservation through recycling, and our non-production division also implements highly effective measures to reduce environmental impact in such areas as air conditioning, lighting, and waste disposal. Our pressing goal is to help build a sustainable society through such efforts to lessen environmental impact. The Ricoh Group also believes that limiting environmental impact within the earth’s self-recovery capabilities requires not only proactive intervention but also impact reduction by improving the earth’s self-recovery capabilities. In other words, it is necessary to change this “seesaw” balance by lightening impact and leveraging capacity.
Global environment conservation by the Ricoh Group
Maintaining the environmental impact within the range of the earth’s self-recovery capabilities