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Commitment and Recognition

Commitment to Society

A signatory to international agreements and policy guidelines, the Ricoh Group is fully committed to achieving a sustainable society.

April 2002  Becomes the second Japanese company to sign the UN Global Compact
June 2007  Signs Caring for Climate: The Business Leadership Platform of the UN Global Compact
May 2008  Signs the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity
December 2008  Signs the CEO Statement for the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN (Ricoh)
July 2009  Participates in the Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership as a founding member
December 2010  Announces its support for The Cancun Communiqué on Climate Change
February 2011  Signs a statement of support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles by the UN Global Compact
November 2012  Announces its support for The Carbon Price Communiqué to counter climate change
September 2014  Announces its endorsement of the Initiative to Support the World Bank Group’s Carbon Pricing
September 2014 Announces its support for The Trillion Tonne Communiqué, a call to keep cumulative CO2 emissions below a trillion tonnes
February 2017  Joins Ikuboss Alliance (Ricoh Japan)
April 2017  Becomes the first Japanese company to join the RE100, a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses
August 2018  Commits to recommendations of Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures
October 2018  Signs Japan Climate Action Summit declaration*1
November 2018  Joins Ikuboss Alliance (Ricoh Industrial Solutions)
August 2019 The first Japanese company to participate in the Business for Inclusive Growth initiative (Ricoh)
  1. Japan Climate Action Summit declaration
    This event was in October 2018, ahead of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, convened in December that year. The summit was held to issue a strong message from the attending 157 Japanese companies and government and other bodies on measures to combat global warming.
United Nations Global Compact
United Nations Global Compact
This voluntary worldwide initiative encourages companies and organizations to act as good members of society by being responsible and creative leaders and help materialize achieve sustainable growth. Companies are encouraged to implement and comply with this initiative’s Ten Principles, covering such areas as human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption.
The Climate Group launched this global corporate initiative in 2014 to bring together companies committed to 100% renewable energy. That U.K.-based international environmental nongovernment organization had 164 corporate members worldwide as of February 2019.

ESG Index Inclusion and Recognition

The Ricoh Group has earned regard externally for its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives. ESG indexes in Japan and abroad have included Ricoh’s stock.

(as of January 2020)
April 2018 Recognized as “Prime” on the oekom sustainability rating
July 2018 Selected for the FTSE4Good Index Series, a socially responsible investment index, for the 15th consecutive year
September 2018 Awarded Bronze Class in sustainability ratings of RobecoSAM, a basis for inclusion in Asia Pacific Index of Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
June 2019 Continued to be included in the FTSE Blossom Japan Index, which measures the ESG practices of Japanese companies for a third straight year
June 2019 Included in MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index for a third straight year
January 2020 Awarded the top “Gold Rating” in EcoVadis supplier survey five times.
oekom research
oekom research
This is one of the world’s leading rating agencies for sustainable investments. The Ricoh Group received a “Prime” sustainability rating from that institution.
FTSE4Good Index Series
FTSE4Good Index Series
FTSE Russell developed the FTSE4Good Index. Since 2001, that wholly owned subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange Group has selected companies with strong environmental, social, and governance practices for inclusion in that benchmark.
FTSE Blossom Japan Index
FTSE Blossom Japan Index
This benchmark was created in 2017 to focus on Japanese companies. The Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan has since adopted that benchmark as its share price index for environmental, social, and governance investments.
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices of the United States and RobecoSAM of Switzerland jointly developed the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, conducting an annual analysis of corporate sustainability from environmental, social, and governance perspectives to rank outstanding companies comprehensively on the basis of sustainability and market capitalization.
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
This entity assesses suppliers from 155 countries and across 198 business sectors on corporate policies, initiatives and achievements in areas concerning the environment, labor and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement. The Ricoh Group ranked within the top 5% of all EcoVadis surveyed companies.
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index
This index calculates scores for companies based on disclosure relating to the proportions of women hired and managerial positions held by women and diversity initiatives. It includes companies with long-term sustainable growth prospects. Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund uses this benchmark in selecting equities for investment.

Major Awards

Many international awards attest to the excellence of Ricoh Group products and business operations.

April 2018 Receives 2017 Environment Minister's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity
April 2018 RICOH SC-10A (H) work assistance camera system wins bronze price in 15th Image Information Awards (Ricoh Industrial Solutions)
May 2018 New returnable eco packaging for copier machines receives the 2018 WorldStar Award (Ricoh Technologies)
August 2018 Receive 5th Female Engineer Training Success Award
August 2018 No. 1 in J.D. Power 2018 Color Laser Printer Customer Satisfaction Survey (Ricoh Japan)
September 2018 Placed first for fourth consecutive year in two IT-related J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey categories (Ricoh Japan)
September 2018 Ricoh products chosen as finalists at US-based IDEA 2018
October 2018 PENTAX K-1 Upgrade Service receives Good Design Best 100 award
October 2018 Receives Buyers Lab 2019 PRO Awards for its color production printers
October 2018 Ricopy 101, released in 1955, is first copier machine to receive Mechanical Engineering Heritage certification
November 2018 RICOH THETA 360° camera wins Patent Office Commissioner Prize in the Kanto Regional Invention Awards (Ricoh)
November 2018 Receives Director-General for Technology Policy Coordination and Industrial and Product Safety prize in 2018 Product Safety Awards of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
December 2018 RICOH Eco Business Development Center wins New Energy Foundation Chairman's Award in 2018 New Energy Awards
January 2019 Wins Silver and Special Jury prizes in 70th National Calendar Contest
February 2019 Ricoh's inkjet technique-based technology receives Grand Award in nano tech Awards 2019
February 2019 Receives Environmental Report Excellence Award in 22nd Environmental Communication Awards
February 2019 Recognized under 2019 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program, also known as White 500 (Ricoh, Ricoh Leasing, Ricoh Japan)
March 2019 Gifu Branch of Ricoh Japan acquires Nearly ZEB certification for using renewable energy and conserving energy (Ricoh Japan)
April 2019 High-end RICOH GR III compact digital camera and RICOH THETA Z1 win prizes in their categories in 2019 TIPA Photo & Imaging Awards (Ricoh Imaging)
April 2019 Receives Contribution Award in 51st Ichimura Technology Awards for creating slim 360° camera employing twin lens folded optics
May 2019 Receives Special Encouragement Award in Nikkei DUAL's Childraising-Friendly Companies Grand Prix 2019
June 2019 RICOH Pro VC70000 wins EDP Award 2019
WorldStar Award
WorldStar Award
The World Packaging Organization bestowed the 2018 award in recognition of returnable eco packaging that Ricoh Technologies Co., Ltd., developed for copiers. That organization gives this preeminent international award in packaging to promote selected products that have already received recognition from packaging organizations around the world. Key award selection factors are protection and conservation, usability, design, economy, and environmental friendliness.
WorldStar Award
BLI Awards
Buyers Lab (BLI) of the United States, a unit of Keypoint Intelligence, has been the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging software, hardware, and services for more than 50 years. Ricoh received two Buyers Lab 2019 PRO Awards for color production printers. These awards recognize production printer excellence based on rigorous BLI field tests of productivity, image quality, paper compatibility, and operability.
2018 Product Safety Awards of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
nano tech Awards 2019
White 500