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International initiatives and commitments

Businesses are required to take on an increasingly greater breadth and depth of responsibilities to help build a sustainable society. Public expectations and demand for these initiatives from global corporations operating worldwide have been increasing more than ever before. To meet these social expectations accurately and promptly, the Ricoh Group actively introduces internationally established CSR frameworks.

In 2002, the Ricoh Group became one of the first Japanese companies to announce participation in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). We promptly endorsed this global platform out of recognition of its alignment with our long-standing practice of listening to our many stakeholders and incorporating their feedback into our business operations based on global perspectives. In 2004, we established the Ricoh Group CSR Charter, which reflects the UNGC’s 10 principles, as well as the Ricoh Group Code of Conduct.

In addition to the UNGC, there are many other CSR guidelines, including ISO 26000, the international standard for social responsibility, which was formulated in November 2010.
Operating in more than 200 countries and regions worldwide, the Ricoh Group is committed to fulfilling its social responsibilities and meeting and exceeding the expectations of an increasingly wider and more varied stakeholder base. To this end, we review the CSR activities of our own as well as of our partner companies and key members of our global value chain, against international CSR frameworks and make continuous improvements.
These CSR activities along with our performance and other related information are disclosed through our publications and website and other communication tools.

Major CSR Guidelines introduced or used for reference

  • United Nations Global Compact
  • Human rights guidelines based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
    (the Ruggie framework)
  • ISO 26000
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • ILO Tripartite Declaration
  • GRI Guidelines

Commitment to Society

April 2002 Became the second Japanese company to sign the UN Global Compact The Ricoh Group became one of the first Japanese companies to sign the UN Global Compact (UNGC). Behind this decision was not only the recognition that our Group’s policies are in line with the UNGC’s major objectives and support the ideas advocated by then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan; but that as a global corporation, our participation in the UNGC will help improve our corporate strengths, achieve our business growth and develop a sustainable society.
June 2007 Signed the Caring for Climate: the Business Leadership Platform We became a signatory to the platform on climate change issues launched under the initiative of the UNGC, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
May 2008 Signed the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB) Ricoh signed the Leadership Declaration on the Business and Biodiversity Initiative at the Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP9), held in Germany. We are thereby committed to assessing and analyzing the impact of our business activities on biodiversity and to making efforts to conserve it.
December 2008 Signed the CEO Statement for the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights To show our public commitment to human rights, Ricoh signed a CEO Statement advocated by the United Nations on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
July 2009 Participated in the Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership (Japan CLP) as a founding member Ricoh announced its participation in the Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership (JapanCLP) as one of the founding members.
December 2010 Announced its support for the Cancun Communique on Climate Change Ricoh announced its support for the Cancun Communiqué on Climate Change, which was proposed by the Corporate Leaders' Group on Climate Change (CLG), an organization developed by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and managed by the University of Cambridge.
February 2011 Signed a statement of support for the Women's Empowerment Principles Ricoh signed a CEO Statement of support for the Women's Empowerment Principles, collaboratively developed by UN Women and the UN Global Compact.
November 2012 Endorsed "The Carbon Price Communique" joint declaration on climate change Ricoh endorses "The Carbon Price Communique" joint declaration on climate change.

The UN Global Compact (GC)


The UN Global Compact, launched in July 2000, proposes ten principles in the fields of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Ricoh joined the Compact in 2002, as one of the first Japanese companies to do so and has been serving as one of the directors on the Global Compact Japan Network since fiscal 2008.

The Ten Principles

  • [Human Rights]
  • Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
  • make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
  • [Labour]
  • Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
  • the effective abolition of child labour; and
  • the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
  • [Environment]
  • Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  • undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  • encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
  • [Anti-Corruption]
  • Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

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