External lectures (Ricoh/Japan)
World Exhibition of Copying Machines held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Ricoh/Japan)
Supporting customers' sustainable environmental management (Ricoh China Co., Ltd./China)
Exhibitions (Ricoh Group/Japan)
Supporting environmental activities by students (Ricoh Americas Corporation, Ricoh/Global)
Participating in Earth hour 2009, a global environmental event (NRG Gestetner South Africa (Pty) Ltd./South Africa)
Ricoh Global Environment Month Symposium (Ricoh/Japan)
On the day set to think about the environment and begin to take action, about 43,000 people in 31 countries and regions joined us.
Ricoh employees present lectures at the Special Symposium on Eco Products Ricoh gives lectures to people in every sector, including companies and groups, aiming to expand the network of sustainable environmental management. Ricoh employees talk about the Group's environmental conservation activities so that people can refer to them when they carry out their own activities. The lectures are mainly about the concept of sustainable environmental management, environmental conservation activities in relation to Ricoh's main business, environment-conscious social contribution activities (forest ecosystem conservation by environmental volunteers), and so forth. In fiscal 2008, 33 lectures were delivered at national and other public entities, chambers of commerce and industry, companies, universities, etc.
Children sticking their names on the "Promise Tree" In August 2008, we held the "World Exhibition of Copying Machines: Sending Information on Paper" at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Odaiba, Tokyo. This is the second annual event we have organized to let people know about Ricoh's technologies and environmental conservation measures. The event is held during the summer vacation season. Under the theme of the year, "Sending Information on Paper," the mechanisms of copiers were explained in an easy-to-understand way. Children, families, and many other people visited the exhibition and enjoyed learning about Ricoh's image processing technologies and language character recognition technologies. A total number of 30,000 people visited the exhibition.
Mitsuo Tanaka, manager of Environment Division, RCN, giving a lecture at g-GAT (Japan-China Association of Applied Technology in Electronics Businesses) Ricoh China Co., Ltd. (RCN), sales headquarters for the China region, has been gaining customer trust by actively offering the know-how each Ricoh Group company in China has gained through the course of their environmental management activities. In addition to some 50 information briefing sessions with customers and 20 lectures held to date, RCN provides customers with various types of support in sustainable environmental management, including know-how in environmental impact and cost reduction and consultation on ISO14001 certificate acquirement and social contribution in environmental conservation.
In December 2008, Ricoh participated in a general environmental exhibition titled Eco-Products 2008 held at Tokyo Big Sight. Ricoh presented the ideal state of the Earth Ricoh aims to realize, while comprehensively exhibiting technologies, products, and activities relating to sustainable environmental management. At the main booth, children enjoyed animated quizzes designed to teach the importance of biodiversity conservation, while demonstrations explaining Ricoh's sustainable environmental management and the Comet Circle were also given.
(From left) RAC Mr. Bob Whitehouse, Mr. Hetal Anjibhai Vaishnav,
Mr. Andrew Kipling Miller Various companies of the Ricoh Group lend a hand to student environmental activities. For example, Ricoh Americas Corporation (RAC), the Ricoh Group's regional sales headquarters for the Americas, is one of the major sponsors of the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). ISEF is one of the largest science contests for high school students. About 1,500 students, not only from the U.S. but also from more than 40 other countries and regions, participate in ISEF. RAC has been giving the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award since 2005 to studies contributing to making environmental conservation and business compatible. In fiscal 2009, the best awards were given to Mr. Andrew K. Miller and Ms. Hetal A. Vaishnav in the awarding ceremony held in Reno, Nevada. In addition, Ricoh sponsors the School Eco Awards which recognize ecoactivities carried out at elementary and junior high schools all over Japan and essays about ecology. The fifth round of awards was given in March 2009.
Employees and their families and friends enjoying a fire party NRG Gestetner South Africa (Pty) Ltd., a sales subsidiary in South Africa, participated in "Earth hour 2009" held in March 28. Lights in offices and neon signs were turned off, and 74 employees spent the night at special events, including "candle nights" and "fire parties," with families, friends and other local residents. As a whole, NRG Gestetner contributed to a reduction of 300 kg of CO 2 emissions. There was also a lottery and six employees that participated in the event won a water powered clock.
In June 2008, the Third Ricoh Global Environment Month Symposium was held under the theme of year, "Sharing the benefits of biodiversity: corporations and local communities for sustainable development." This series has been organized since 2006 with the main theme of "For Joint Creation of Sustainable Society." About 180 people attended this year, including people responsible for environmental issues in private businesses, representatives of environmental NGOs, students, and managers, executives and employees of the Ricoh Group. In the section to introduce examples, some cooperative projects between companies and NGOs were introduced, and a lecture was given on the tropical rain forest restoration project in Ghana, which Ricoh supports as a forest ecosystem conservation project. In a panel discussion, many opinions and views were exchanged. The typical view can be summarized as: "Our business activities largely depend on the resources and other services that ecosystems provide for human society. Based on this idea, businesses must collaborate with various stakeholders, including local communities, NGOs and governments, to conserve biodiversity."
Each year, Ricoh Global Eco Action is held to celebrate World Environment Day (June 5) and to raise the awareness of Ricoh Group employees in environmental conservation. In 2008, we called for the Ricoh Group members, our business partners and local governments throughout the world to participate in the third round of the annual event. In response to our invitation, a total of 43,000 people joined us from 65 companies located in 31 countries and regions. They took various eco actions of their choice, such as switching off lights at the office, turning off neon signs and advertising boards, leaving the office on time without working overtime, and taking eco-friendly transportation to work. In December 2008, winter day Eco Action was organized for member companies in Japan. Participation in the event was advertized at the LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup, a women's golf tournament held at the end of November 2008. The chairperson of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golfers Association of Japan) and 25 Cup players and 690 visitors responded to the invitation, further boosting the Eco Action community. For more information regarding Ricoh Global Eco Action 2009, please click here.
Teaching the importance of environmental conservation to children at a local elementary school (Ricoh Panama) Poster to advertise Ricoh Global Eco Action