Tokyo, September 29, 2011—Ricoh Company, Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Kondo) has endorsed the "The 2°C Challenge Communiqué" joint declaration issued by the CEOs of global corporations to leaders of national governments.
The joint declaration has been proposed by the Corporate Leaders' Group on Climate Change (hereafter "CLG"), a group of companies that is proactively tackling climate change issues in the United Kingdom, and Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action (hereafter "CLN"), a cross-sector network between CLGs in each country with a view to preventing a rise in the atmospheric temperature by 2°C, which would likely have a devastating impact.
We should rethink the paradigm of contemporary society, which is based on the massive use of energy and resources, and accelerate our efforts to shift to a sustainable society.
This calls on corporations to develop and establish new, innovative business models which can lead such transformational efforts in society.
Summary of Declaration
The declaration calls for the following key areas of action:
Reasons for Ricoh's Endorsement
Ricoh believes it must achieve a sustainable society where our environmental impact is limited to what the Earth can deal with, handing on our precious Earth to future generations. In order to do this, it is important that each country is proactive in implementing climate change initiatives.
We support the joint declaration because we believe that a declaration transmitted by the CEOs of global corporations to the leaders of national governments will be effective.
■Ricoh's previous key actions pertaining to climate change framework conventions
Became a signatory to "e-emission 55" calling for the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol at the 7th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP7).
Endorsed the CLG Poznan Communiqué calling for early establishment of post-Kyoto framework at the 14th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP14)
Endorsed the CLG Copenhagen Communiqué calling for early establishment of post-Kyoto framework at the 15th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP15).
Endorsed the CLG Cancun Communiqué calling for ambitious, robust, and equitable global deal on climate change at the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16).