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Our Strengths

Technical strength improved over many years to ensures confidence, comfort, and convenience.
Customer contact capability to anticipate customers’ latent needs.
Sustainable environmental management to achieve simultaneous environmental conservation and business growth.
These three elements are our strengths.

Environmental ManagementEnvironmental Management

In 1998, we pioneered the concept of sustainable environmental management.
The Ricoh Group considers it important to undertake environmental conservation and profit generation simultaneously. We practice environmental management, through which we proactively endeavor groupwide to lower our environmental impact and improve the Earth’s regenerative capabilities.

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Ricoh’s aims for society

Ricoh’s aims for society
2050 environmental goals
2030 environmental goals
Environmental action plan set every three years
Setting goals using the back-casting method

To the Ricoh Group, a sustainable society is one that pursues a The Ps Balance—Planet (environment), People (society) and Prosperity (economic activities)—and reduces the environmental impact of society to a level that the Earth’s self-recovery capabilities can manage.
This future ideal requires high targets, viewed from the long term, and consistent efforts to reach stated goals.

Measures to mitigate climate change

The Ricoh Group considers its commitment to climate change issues as one of its most important business responsibilities and a top priority area within a materiality matrix. We are accelerating decarbonization efforts while keeping stakeholders informed of our endeavors based on the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework. In addition, we enthusiastically endorse solutions that address climate change issues and help realize a low-carbon society. Ricoh was the first Japanese company to commit to RE100, a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses.
Going forward, we will step up our efforts to provide energy-saving products and solutions and activities to reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions. We will strive to grow our businesses while promoting environmental management aimed at reaching our Mid-and Long-Term Environmental Impact Reduction Goals.

Ricoh Group mid- and long-term environmental impact reduction goals

Global warming prevention area

‹Goals for 2050› 
  • Aim for zero GHG emissions across the entire value chain.
  • Switch to 100% renewable electricity.
‹Goals for 2030› 
  • GHG Scope 1, 2: 63% reduction compared to the 2015 level*1
  • GHG Scope 3: 20% reduction compared to the 2015 level (procurement, use, and logistics categories)
  • Source at least 30% renewable electricity
  • *1 Reduction target approved as a SBT(Science Based Targets)
  • Notes:
  • - GHG Scope 1: All direct GHG emissions from the Company’s own manufacturing plants, offices, vehicles etc.
  • - GHG Scope 2: Indirect GHG emissions from the consumption of electricity and heat, purchased by the company
  • - GHG Scope 3: Emissions in the supply chain of business activities (excludes GHG Scope 1 and 2)

Resource conservation area

‹Goals for 2050› 
  • Resource conservation rate of products*2: 93%
‹Goals for 2030› 
  • Resource conservation rate of products*2: 50%
  • *2 Resource conservation rate of products is the rate of the reduction in new resource inputs to total resource inputs.

CO2 emissions during product use (Scope 1, 2 and 3*)

*Scope3: procurement、usage、and logistics categories

*2030 Target year (Score1,2): 163,000 tons

Four action areas for promotion of sustainable environmental management

At Ricoh, sustainable environmental management is carried out in our business operations processes focusing on four areas, 'goal of achieving a zero-carbon society,' 'goal of achieving a circular economy,' ' pollution prevention' and 'conservation of biodiversity.'

Points of the 19th Environmenal Action Plan

1. Conserving energy and preventing global warming
  • We expanded the sales ratio of color MFPs offering outstanding energy savings, greatly exceeding our yearly targets of voluntary product energy savings standards
  • The Group significantly increased its renewable energy ratio by switching to such energy at its French plant
2. Conserving resources and recycling
  • We improved our resource conservation rate by expanding the use of recycled plastics in products and making products smaller and lighter
3. Preventing pollution
  • We boosted the reduction amounts both in the use and the emissions of environmental impact substances by reorganizing business sites and improving product defect rates
4. Conserving biodiversity
  • We steadily expanded the number of forestation activities and participation in them by collaborating with stakeholders while enhancing these initiatives
5. Enhancing the basis for environmental management
  • By the end of the term, 94.2% of our offerings were certified under the Ricoh Sustainable Products Program
  • Suppliers harnessed independent power producer electricity, while we initiated activities to map CO2 emissions reductions stemming from production process improvements

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RE100

COP21

As the first Japanese company to join RE100 in April 2017, Ricoh has undertaken numerous energy-saving and related initiatives. It has also installed in-house facilities to generate renewable electricity and has switched to electricity sources with higher proportions of renewable energy, accelerating its efforts across various sites. The initiatives undertaken by the production sites, all company facilities for A3 MFP assembly facilities in China, Thailand and Japan, have all switched to renewable electricity this year. Moreover, 10 sales companies in Europe have switched to 100% renewable electricity. As for Japanese domestic initiatives, the Gifu branch of Ricoh Japan, achieved the third-party Nearly ZEB* qualification through its comprehensive energy saving efforts and generation and utilization of renewable electricity. They introduced a solar power generator and an electricity storage device. Ricoh plans to subsequently implement ZEB at other new-build branches and sales sites across Japan in the future.

Nearly ZEB: Nearly Net Zero Energy Building. A building conserving 75% or more of its energy, approaching zero energy consumption annually.

Solid-State DSSC

Energy-generating rubber

Technology that harvests energy* to power IoT and other devices has attracted great attention. It is against this backdrop that we successfully created a solid electrolyte material for DSSC (dye-sensitized solar cells) and launched the world first solid-state DSSC module in February, 2020. This setup enhances safety and durability by eliminating liquid electrolyte, which could leak and cause corrosion, and boosts generating performance. The cells can generate power efficiently under LED lights and other weak indoor illumination.

                

Energy harvesting technologies : These technologies harvest small amounts of energy from such sources as sunlight, indoor light, vibration, and heat, and convert it into electricity.

Complete Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

EcoVadis

EcoVadis

Ricoh received the highest Gold rating in the sustainability survey conducted by EcoVadis. Since receiving the first Gold rating in 2014, Ricoh has consistently received the highest rating in the survey. EcoVadis assesses suppliers from 155 countries and across 198 business sectors on corporate policies, initiatives and achievements in areas concerning the Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics, and Sustainable Procurement. Ricoh submitted its sustainability data to EcoVadis for evaluation and was ranked within the top 5% of all companies surveyed.