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Ricoh celebrates International Women's Day 2024 with global and regional events to Inspire Inclusion

March 8, 2024

TOKYO, March 8, 2024 – Ricoh is celebrating International Women's Day (IWD) through a series of global and regional events reinforcing its commitment to creating a more equitable world through this year's IWD theme of “Inspire Inclusion.”

International Women's Day is a global day, marked annually on March 8th, celebrating all women's social, economic, cultural, and political achievements and raising awareness for accelerating gender parity. To highlight the importance that Ricoh places on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, one of the pillars of Ricoh's management strategy, and launch global celebrations, this year, Ricoh celebrated IWD 2024 through its first groupwide livestreamed event from Tokyo on March 5th. Titled “2024 Ricoh Global IWD Symposium - Inspiring Inclusion Across Ricoh,” this global event featured external guest speaker Hanna Helin, Global Head of Technology Innovation at the London Stock Exchange Group sharing her journey as a woman leader, talks from Ricoh business and HR leaders, a panel discussion with Jody Ono, Specially Appointed Professor at School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University Business School in Tokyo, and interaction with 100 in-person audiences plus 500 remote participants joining virtually from 25 countries.

As a company with a diverse workforce and customers worldwide, Ricoh supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 5, to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” which lie at the heart of Ricoh's business strategy. Ricoh has committed itself to the goal of 20% of global management roles to be filled by women by fiscal 2025.

Akira Oyama, President and CEO, says, “As we look to create more value for colleagues, customers, and all stakeholders, we all must embrace inclusion. Inclusion, particularly of gender as celebrated through IWD, but including all facets of diversity, is paramount to us in executing our business strategy. It will also help us achieve our Mission & Vision: Fulfillment through Work by encouraging greater collaboration amongst more diverse and inclusive teams, leading to enhanced innovation.”

Summary of Ricoh Group IWD 2024 Celebrations

2024 Ricoh Global IWD Symposium - Inspiring Inclusion Across Ricoh
  • Live, hybrid event held on March 5th and streamed to Ricoh organizations worldwide and a curated external audience.
  • External guest speaker Hanna Helin, Global Head of Technology Innovation at the London Stock Exchange Group, shared her story of success and challenges overcome as a woman business leader. External panelist Jody Ono, Specially Appointed Professor at School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University Business School in Tokyo shared her perspective how leadership and professional development serves to foster diversity and inclusion both at individual and organizational level. They provided inspiration to allow all employees and leaders across Ricoh to break down barriers.
  • Ricoh business and HR leaders shared their perspectives and support for the IWD 2024 theme of Inspire Inclusion.
  • An in-person audience of 100 participants in Tokyo were invited with 80/20 female/male ratio, which is the reversal of current gender representation in Ricoh in Japan.

Regional Celebrations

Asia Pacific

  • IWD video message from regional leadership on March 8th
  • Local celebrations in each country on March 8th


  • IWD live event on March 7th featuring a panel discussion among leaders from across the region
  • Each country in the European region is also celebrating with their own plans


  • An in-person audience joins the Global IWD event on March 5th and participates in a follow-on networking session

Latin America

  • A live event featuring internal and external speakers broadcast from Brazil on March 8th

North America

  • A live event featuring external guest speakers broadcast on March 6th

| About Ricoh |

Ricoh is a leading provider of integrated digital services and print and imaging solutions designed to support digital transformation of workplaces, workspaces and optimize business performance.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh's global operation reaches customers in approximately 200 countries and regions, supported by cultivated knowledge, technologies, and organizational capabilities nurtured over its 85-year history. In the financial year ended March 2023, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,134 billion yen (approx. 16.0 billion USD).

It is Ricoh's mission and vision to empower individuals to find Fulfillment through Work by understanding and transforming how people work so we can unleash their potential and creativity to realize a sustainable future.

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