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Strategy -19th Environmental Action Plan-

The Ricoh Group’s 19th Environmental Action Plan (Fiscal 2017 to 2019)

The Ricoh Group established the new Environmental Action Plan in accordance with the 19th Medium-Term Management Plan (fiscal 2017 to 2019).
The strategic priorities and goals were mainly set with the following objectives in mind:

  • Achieve Environmental Goals
  • Contribute to business growth and the enhancement of corporate value
  • Strengthen cooperation with society/stakeholders
  • Achieve consistency with midterm management strategies

Based on the Plan, the Ricoh Group will promote environmental management to help bring about a sustainable society as well as ensuring the longevity of the Ricoh Group.
The 19th Environmental Action Plan can be summarized as follows.

*Results of Fiscal 2017

1. Energy Conservation/Prevention of Global Warming

Reduce CO2 emissions through eco-friendly products and solutions
[Action Item] Promote product energy saving through Ricoh Sustainable Products Program

[Target] Achievement ratio of voluntary standard for product energy saving
FY2017 190%
FY2018 195%
FY2019 200%
Scope: All categories of Imaging Equipments

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FY2017 achievement rate for voluntary product energy saving standard: 234.1%
Exceeded the yearly target considerably, due to expanded sales of color MFPs equipped with superior energy-saving features. Will continue working to expand sales of products with superior energy-saving features.
Reduce GHG related to business activities
[Action Item] Reduce GHG emissions by process improvement and utilization of electricity from renewable energy sources

[Target] Reduce the amount of CO2 emissions (scope 1,2) to improve compared on the previous year's level in each fiscal year.

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Reduced the amount of CO2 emissions (scope 1, 2) by 2.9% from FY2016 to 472,000 tons in FY2017, thereby achieving the target.

2. Resource Conservation and Recycling

Improve the efficiency of resources by implementing the 3Rs for products
[Action Item] Reduce input of new resources to achieve 2020 environmental goals

[Target] Improve resource conservation rate for products compared on the previous year's level in each fiscal year.
※FY2016 results:21.9%

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Increased the resource conservation rate for products to 22.0% for FY2017, an improvement from 21.9% for FY2016, thereby achieving the target. Will continue working to improve the rate.
Reduce discharged waste in business activities
[Action Item] Reduce waste from business activities

[Target] Reduce the amount of waste proportionate to sales to improve on the previous year's level in each fiscal year.

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Reduced the amount of waste proportionate to sales by 3.8% from FY2016, thereby achieving the target. Will continue working to reduce cost and waste of resources alike.
Reduce emissions of water in business activities
[Action Item] Minimize water consumption in business activities

[Target] Reduce water usage proportionate to sales to improve on the previous year's level in each fiscal year.

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Reduced water usage proportionate to sales by 6.1% from FY2016 , thereby achieving the target. Will continue working to reduce water usage.

3. Pollution Prevention

Reduce the amount of environmentally sensitive substances used and emitted in business activities
[Action Item] Reduce & control use/emissions of environmentally hazardous chemical substances

[Target] Reduce the chemical substance usage / emissions to improve on the previous year's level in each fiscal year.

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Reduced usage of environmentally sensitive substances to below the FY2016 level, thereby achieving the target.
Reduced emissions of environmentally sensitive substances to below the FY2016 level, thereby achieving the target.
Will continue working to reduce usage and emissions.

4. Biodiversity Conservation

Conduct biodiversity conservation and restoration by all of the Ricoh Group
[Action Item] Promote forest diversity conservation projects

[Target] Step up to an action more involving local stakeholders than before.

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Organized forestation activities in the Yanbaru forest in Okinawa in cooperation with local communities and customers.
[Action Item] Launch & manage 7 biodiversity conservation site projects with stakeholders

[Target] Launch 7 sites projects in Japan within 3 years where Ricoh group can act in one united body, and speed up collaboration with stakeholders.

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Selected two sites: Sakai City (Fukui Prefecture) and Nirasaki City (Yamanashi Prefecture).
Held a kick-off meeting in Sakai City.
[Action Item] Human capital development to promote biodiversity conservation activities which are engaged with stakeholders

[Target] Develop human resources who can plan and promote activities which involve stakeholders based on activity areas, partners and activity contents.

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Developed and carried out human capital development programs to promote biodiversity conservation activities in cooperation with stakeholders.
[Action Item] Promote biodiversity conservation activities in company-owned forests

[Target] Make collaboration activities with local people and raise the generation program take root which has been built in 3 years from 2014, and also increase opportunities as collaboration sites with stakeholders and expand and improve environmental education program.

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Launched a new nature experience program for senior high school students.
Continued the biology program for elementary school students as planned.
[Action Item] Promote biodiversity conservation activities with stakeholders

[Target] Quantify results of stakeholder's collaboration by participants increasing ratio and promote its activity.

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Presented the number of participating stakeholders and promoted activities.
[Action Item] Proactive use wood-based products carefully in consideration of biodiversity

[Target] Strengthen procurement activities based on Ricoh's wood-based products procurement policy

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Confirmed that sustainable procurement policies are being complied with regarding Ricoh's wood-based products, such as copy paper and packaging paper. Will continue working to ensure compliance with Ricoh's wood-based products procurement policy.

5. Enhance the Basis for Environmental Management

Promote the development of environmental technologies
[Action Item] Promote Ricoh Sustainable Products Program

[Target] The products certified with RSPP Product Rank(In-house development)
FY2017 : The ratio of the products certified with RSPP Product Rank: 70%
FY2018 : The ratio of the products certified with RSPP Product Rank: 90%
FY2019 : The ratio of the products certified with RSPP Product Rank: 100%

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As of the end of March 2018, 81.4% of products (imaging products currently marketed in and outside of Japan) are certified with RSPP Product Rank, thereby achieving the target for FY2017.
Expand environmental business
[Action Item] Global deployment of Sustainability Optimization Program

[Target] Make best use of Sustainability Optimization Program(SOP) which proposes reduction of TCO and environmental impacts at customers' sites and promote global environmental impact reduction activities with customers' involvement.

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Following introduction in Europe, introduced SOP in Asia, Oceania and Canada, to expand proposal activities to reduce TCO and environmental impact at customers' sites. Started preparations for introducing SOP in the United States, Latin America and Japan in FY2018, and will start sales force training for this purpose in FY2018.
[Action Item] Promote environmental business development

[Target] Promotion of environmental business that is being developed at Ricoh eco business development center etc.

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Launched a demonstration project for oil reclamation using collected PET bottle caps at RICOH Eco Business Development Center. Signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement with the Gotemba City government primarily for advanced technology development. Signed an agreement with Taki-cho, Taki-gun (Mie Prefecture) and other locations to supply wood biomass energy to local hot bath facilities.
Collaboration with stakeholders
[Action Item] Promote engagement with third parties toward sustainable society development

[Target] Contribute development of sustainable society through proactive collaboration with third parties

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Made a presentation to introduce Ricoh's activities in a side event co-hosted by RE100 and CDP at COP23.
Participated in a dialogue session with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of the Environment and European Commission's climate action department through J-CLP.
Participated in a subcommittee for the Ministry of the Environment's Long-term Low-carbon Vision and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' climate change expert meetings to present industrial recommendations.
Announced participation in Yokohama City's Smart Zone Alliance.
[Action Item] Raise environment awareness among employees

[Target] Have environmental enlightenment events and release information by involving Ricoh group companies which operate global business, and foster employees' environmental awareness.

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Organized the Global Eco Action in June 2017, holding a related symposium and a presentation of employee environmental declaration. Launched the Eco Action Award, starting from FY2017.
[Action Item] Promote activities which help improvement of suppliers' management quality

[Target] Proactive support for CO2 reduction of suppliers and deploy the activities

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The total number of suppliers that have vigorously worked to reduce CO2 emissions in FY2017 reached five (target achieved). The combined amount of CO2 reduced by the five companies totaled 354 tons.