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Aiming for a sustainable environmental management with long-term perspective as a member of the Ricoh Group


Joining the Ricoh Group has had a positive impact on environmental activities
Leaders of Special Committee for Environment, Yamanashi Electronics Co., Ltd.

Leaders of Special Committee for Environment, Yamanashi Electronics Co., Ltd.
When we joined the Ricoh Group in November 2006 and subsequently adopted the Ricoh Group's environmental policies, our ideas and attitudes toward environmental conservation in undertaking business operations underwent great change. The Ricoh's policies were different from Yamanashi Electronics' original policies mainly in that "environmental conservation activities and business operation are implemented on the same axis," "environmental activities are carried out in co-operation with all stakeholders," and "environmental perspective is incorporated into manufacturing." Since then, we have been working on development of environmental technologies, energy conservation, Zero-Waste-to-Landfill activities, and management/activities for complete elimination of chemical substances in four working groups with different themes, namely "energy conservation," "waste reduction," environmentally friendly products," and "measures against air pollutants."

Implementing environmental measures with longer-term goals
Kazuhito Toi Chief, Quality Assurance Division

Kazuhito Toi
Chief, Quality Assurance Division
Shigehiro Morozumi Head, Environment and Standards Promotion Office, Quality Assurance Division

Shigehiro Morozumi
Head, Environment and Standards Promotion Office,
Quality Assurance Division
Joining the Ricoh Group changed the scope of our environmental goals from each year to three years. Also, to set mid-term goals, we now follow the back-casting method starting with long-term goals and long-term environmental visions. This method allows us to take rather radical action and implement innovative changes in production process and facilities as part of our business plan. As a result, we completed the transfer of energy sources for boilers in two factories in 2007 and 2008, and we plan to discontinue the use of chlorine organic solvents in the near future. We will strive to continue activities to increase the quality of our sustainable environmental management.

 

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