Communication:Communication with Stakeholders
–Participation in Japan-CLP–
Participation in Japan-CLP
- Japan/Ricoh Co., Ltd.
On July 30, 2009, Ricoh announced its participation as a founding corporate member of Japan-CLP (Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership). Japan-CLP is Japan’s first business coalition formed on the understanding that the industrial community should recognize the urgency of addressing the issue of climate change and start taking proactive action. Japan-CLP creates opportunities for dialog with policy makers, industry and citizens, and will undertake a variety of activities with a focus on Asia. Member firms share the common goal of building a sustainable low-carbon society, have made their own commitments, and will take three approaches: building awareness, developing systems and introducing technologies. Ricoh intends to strengthen its activities aimed at achieving its own Mid- and Long-Term Environmental Impact Reduction Goals and will cooperate, mainly in the field of developingenvironmental technology, with other Japan-CLP corporate members firms in order to realize the common vision.
Japan-CLP Symposium 2009
Considering the Gravity of Climate Change and Realizing Economic Growth through Low-Carbon Technology
On Dec. 3, 2009, Japan-CLP Symposium 2009 was held in Tokyo, with roughly 300 people participating. Representatives from the seven member firms, as well as experts from universities, non-profit organizations, local governments, and industries were invited to the symposium to exchange opinions on drafting proposals on expectations concerning the establishment of Japan-CLP as well as on achieving a sustainable low-carbon society. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, said, “Japan boasts superior environmental technology, but lacks appealing power and domain. Japanese corporations should speedily spread their proprietary technology to the rest of the world, and use it for Japan's economic growth.” Tetsuro Fukuyama, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, followed that comment with, “It is the government's role to show direction, to help companies take the first step. We hope to implement policies that encourage corporate decisions.” Member firms showed appreciation of this comment, saying, “Those are very encouraging words. We hope to seriously consider the gravity of climate change and create business opportunities.” Environment Minister Sakihito Ozawa, who gave the final address, wrapped up by saying, “The Hatoyama administration will proceed with policies using the environment as the central pillar of Japan's growth strategy.”
The proposals resulting from Japan-CLP are scheduled to be officially announced in March 2010.