On May 21, 2009, roughly 260 people from 150 suppliers from Japan's Kanto region gathered at the Ricoh Omori Office to attend the Ricoh Group Supplier CSR briefing. The goal was to have partners and potential partners understand Ricoh's CSR activities and philosophy ahead of Ricoh's implementation of CSR procurement* and seek their cooperation in our efforts spanning the entire supply chain.
Before a packed audience, Toshihiko Fujii, from the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), gave a special Implementation of CSR procurement lecture to explain the social movement related to CSR procurement trends and the latest relevant news. Ricoh officials in charge of procurement gave explanations on self-assessment and other specific measures. At the end of the briefing, a counseling corner was set up to take questions from suppliers. These briefings began in the Kanto region and were held in four other regions all over Japan (Chubu, Kyushu, Kansai and Tohoku). They were attended by employees from a total of more than 220 companies. Prior to the briefing, Ricoh provided participating companies with the Supplier Code of Conduct, which offers simple explanations on the Ricoh Group's expectations of suppliers as well as a self-check list to understand the companies' existing circumstances related to green procurement. Through the briefing, we believe that suppliers came to understand how the Ricoh Group and participating suppliers can work together to contribute to building a sustainable society by engaging in CSR management. We plan to conduct similar briefings for suppliers outside of Japan as well.