This is the fourth consecutive year that Ricoh has been listed in the "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World", known as the "Global 100".
Starting in 2005, Corporate Knights Inc. of Canada has selected the top 100 corporations in the world every year by evaluating the sustainability of more than 1,800 large corporations in all business sectors based on research and analysis of data provided by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors Inc. in USA. The 2008 Global 100 was announced on January 23, timed to coincide with the first day of the Annual General Meeting of the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland. The companies selected for the Global 100 were analyzed in detail, compared to their industry peers, and evaluated as the global corporations with the best-developed abilities to effectively manage environmental, social and governance risks. Achievement in these three areas, which significantly influences their business results, has been evaluated as a key indicator of management quality and long-term financial performance.
Among the world's leading corporations, Ricoh's aggressive environmental conservation activities along with its long-term vision extending to 2050, was highly regarded. While the rigorous selection process caused more than one third of the Global 100 corporations to be replaced between 2007 and 2008, Ricoh has the honor of being included in the list four times in a row.
For more information about the "Global 100", please see http://www.global100.org/