Environmental conservation requires us to not only reduce our environmental impact but also to maintain and enhance the planet’s ability to renew itself. Recognizing that our businesses depend on the global ecosystem, and that biodiversity is indispensable to the health of that ecosystem, we formulated the Ricoh Group Biodiversity Policy in March 2009. This directive aims to preserve our planet’s ecosystem through both proactive initiatives and reduction of the adverse impact of our business activities on biodiversity.
All of us depend on the Earth’s ecosystem, but collectively we have become a huge burden on it. Over the past 50 years, global biodiversity has been so badly degraded that if we do not act now, the way we live may be at risk.
To articulate the need to conserve biodiversity as well as natural resources, the Ricoh Group laid down the Ricoh Group Biodiversity Policy in March 2009. The Policy combines pre-existing environmental guidelines with new biodiversity conservation measures to enhance our efforts towards realizing an affluent society built on a sustainable way of life.
In February 2010, the Ricoh Group established Regulation of Ricoh Group Products Made of Wood.
Applicable to all Group companies, the 2010 rules extend our 2003 Environmental Standards for Paper Product Procurement to encompass all wood-based products, from Ricoh brand plain copier paper and heat-sensitive paper to manuals, packaging, cushioning, and pallets.*1
The regulations prohibit the use of wood sourced from High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs)*2 as raw material. HCVFs play a critical role in biodiversity.
The rules are applicable to all Group companies and suppliers, and include provision for the suspension of business with noncompliant suppliers.
This is another example of how we are minimizing the impact our procurement process has on the global ecosystem.
*1 Recycled materials, including used paper, leftover wood and wood chips, are excluded, as it is difficult to trace the original source of recycled materials.
*2 High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) are defined as any forest that falls under the following categories: (1) Old-growth forests, (2) Primary/virgin forests, (3) Natural forests containing habitats of endangered species, (4) Forests for which multiple environmental groups claim protective measures.
The Map of Corporate Activities and Biodiversity (below) pictures the relationship between the effects of our corporate activities and biodiversity.
The map reveals that MFPs have a large impact on the ecosystem as they consume raw materials such as pulp and metals during their manufacturing process and consume natural resources in the form of paper.
Mapping these diverse activities is a great help when it comes to coordinating our biodiversity conservation efforts. During the 17th Environmental Action Plan, we implemented biodiversity-conscious green space and shrubbery maintenance using the integrated pest management (IPM) approach.
A total of 271 people participated in an environmental conservation event at Tsujido Beach.
Since 2002, Ricoh has tackled biodiversity issues on a global basis by setting out activities in its environmental action plans that encourage Group companies to conserve biodiversity in respective regions and communities. Activities have expanded at home and abroad, and during the 17th Environmental Action Plan employees took part in all sorts of events, from tree-planting and rural landscape maintenance to river, forest and coastal cleanup, in 23 countries. In fiscal 2014, members of the Ricoh Group organized 365 events and a total of 9,589 people took part.
Since 2007, the Kanagawa Branch of Ricoh Japan has undertaken activities, such as forest conservation and beach cleanup, with the objective of passing along the importance of environmental conservation to the next generation. These activities are designed to attract interest beyond the branch, prompting involvement from employees at customer companies and authorized dealers as well as their families, and thereby extending the ring of participation laterally (stakeholders) as well as vertically (the next generation). Summer activities take place at Tsujido Beach in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, and include environmental education picture story shows, the opportunity to draw in a fishing net, and coastal cleanup campaigns. In the autumn, activities take place in various locations, with participants venturing out to the mountains and rivers to learn about different aspects of nature. In 2013, autumn activities were held in the Izumi-no-Mori Park in Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture, where the program showcased biodiversity conservation through outdoor classrooms and nature workshops. The activities undertaken in fiscal 2014 attracted interest from 409 people, including Ricoh employees, customers and authorized dealers.
We will continue to expand the ring of biodiversity conservation activities through programs that involve many stakeholders, in line with the Ricoh Group Biodiversity Policy.