For the conservation of the global environment, it is important for each staff member to carry out related activities spontaneously inside and outside the company with the sense of being a global citizen. Ricoh launched the Environmental Volunteer Leader Development Program in June 1999 for its staff members. In fiscal 2001, the scope of the program was expanded to include staff members working at Group companies as well as retired employees. To date, a total of more than 500 environmental volunteer leaders have been fostered. After taking part in the program, each participant engages in volunteer activities involving his or her division or community. The network of activities has successfully increased its range of participants from colleagues, through families and friends to entire local communities.
Environmental Volunteer Leader Development Program
On June 4, 2011, a Ricoh Nature Seminar was held in Shishigaya, Yokohama City, with 29 participants, consisting of employees of Ricoh group companies and their families. The event was organized with the help of Shishigaya Green Zone Conservation Group, formed by Group employees certified as the internal Environmental Volunteer Leaders. The participants engaged in a number of nature-themed field activities, mainly ecological observation and survey on creatures and habitats in the green area, the home of the environmental volunteer group. Positive feedback from participating employees includes: “I gained a bit of grasp on lifestyles that are more directly connected to nature,” “I renewed my realization about the vital link of nature, living creatures and human beings,” and “I didn’t know how close we are living to these natural environments.” Ricoh will maintain this project to help employees continue these environmental field activities.
[Left] The Shishigaya Green Zone Conservation Group organized a grassland creatures survey event, explaining the importance of human intervention in conserving ecosystems while introducing the group’s activities.
[Right] Participants in the survey event