Environmental Conservation Activities

Environmental Conservation Activities

The Ricoh Group regards environmental conservation as an integral part of all its business activities and engages in environmental conservation based on its General Principles on the Environment, formulated in 1992. Efforts to conserve the environment, however, involve not only the important work of reducing environmental impact but also the maintenance and strengthening of the earth's ability to regenerate. In recognition of the essential foundation ecological services provide all of its corporate activities and, further, the importance of biodiversity in maintaining the viability of such services, the Ricoh Group has also devised a Biodiversity Policy. This policy commits us to reducing the impact of our groupwide business operations on biodiversity and contributing to biodiversity preservation while continuing our forest ecosystem conservation projects and other voluntary employee efforts.

 

Forest Ecosystem Conservation Projects

  • GlobalRicoh Co., Ltd. / Global

Various flora and fauna habitats exist, and unique ecosystems are maintained in forests, lakes and ponds, coral reefs, and oceans. If these ecosystems are damaged, the natural environment that is indispensable for maintaining the life of human beings will be harmed. Ricoh places priority particularly on forest ecosystems with rich biodiversity and has been promoting forest ecosystem conservation projects since fiscal 1999 in partnership with environmental NGOs and local communities. Unlike simple afforestation, the main aims of these activities are to protect the habitats of indigenous species and the life of residents, and to establish a system for sustainable forestry management. The projects are financed by the social contribution reserve that Ricoh established to continuously carry out social contribution activities. The reserve is funded annually based on the approval of Ricoh's general shareholders' meeting and the reserve fund is used for addressing multiple global issues, including global environment conservation and youth-related issues.

Steps to achieve the project goal

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Supporting forest recovery projects

  • JapanRicoh Co., Ltd. / Japan

Some of the participants have participated in previous forest conservation activities, which made the work go much faster than expected.Some of the participants have participated in previous forest conservation activities, which made the work go much faster than expected.
Leveling out woodchipsLeveling out woodchips

Ricoh has been supporting the Afan Forest Project since November 2001 as one of its forest ecosystem conservation projects. The project, organized by the C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland Trust since its founding in 2002, aims to create forests in which a wide variety of species and humans can maintain harmonious relationships. The trust accordingly conducts ecological surveys and research and conservation activities in a roughly 100,000 square-meter forest in Kurohime, Nagano prefecture. Once degraded, forest ecosystems cannot easily recover-sometimes it requires hundreds of years if left to natural capacities only. It is therefore, important for us to help forests recover from their wounds. Envisioning the woodland 100 years from now, the project has been working to restore the ecosystem in the forest by selecting priority trees and facilitating natural regeneration process. As a result, the variety and the population of forest inhabitants, including Glirulus japonicas (Japanese Dormouse) and other endangered species, have been increasing at a steady pace.
Our recent support activities include a visit to the Afan Forest on June 12, 2010. Early in the morning of a clear sunny day, 13 members of Ricoh's Corporate Environment Division hopped on the Nagano Shinkansen bullet train and arrived at the woodland. Under the instruction of trust staffers, the Ricoh employees created a 300-meter woodchip trail in the forest. This environmental volunteer activity provided the participating employees, who are responsible for promoting Ricoh's environmental activities, with first-hand experience to reaffirm the importance of biodiversity.

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