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Ricoh Contracts for Operation and Management of Document Output Environment at COP 10;

Endorses COP 10 Operations by Providing MDS with Environmental, Security Awareness

Tokyo, October 6, 2010---Ricoh Co., Ltd. (President and CEO: Shiro Kondo) has contracted to provide operation and management of document output environment during the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) and the 5th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties Serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafty.1 Ricoh will offer its Managed Document Services (MDS) to the proposed document output environment. The service will install hardware in locations that are optimized for efficient document output, and will also maintain and improve quality of service throughout the conference. Ricoh will offer further features to help ensure the smooth operation of COP 10, including 24-hour maintenance support, in association with RICOH JAPAN Corporation, RICOH TECHNOSYSTEMS Co., Ltd., and RICOH LOGISTICS SYSTEM CO.,LTD.

The document output environment that Ricoh is offering to COP 10 comprises a total of 114 devices, including Ricoh digital multifunction machines and printers, all of which incorporate energy conservation technology to reduce power consumption. Ricoh and its affiliates will also facilitate operation with awareness of environmental and security concerns in mind, including a service that collects and dissolves confidential documents when they are no longer required.
The COP 10 organizers decided to adopt the Ricoh MDS for the following reasons: 1) Ricoh Group stance, wherein the company proactively acted to reduce its environmental impact, putting forth a policy of Sustainable Environmental Management aimed at creating a sustainable society, while simultaneously conserving the environment and creating profit, and encouraging the Earth’s own self-recovery capabilities through biodiversity initiatives. 2) the Group maintains a philosophy of reducing its environmental impact at all stages of its product life cycle, from procurement to production, marketing, and disposal in addition to the environmental performance of Ricoh’s products themselves.

COP10 is the 10th conference of nations that are signatories to the Convention on Biodiversity, which was enacted to conserve the diversity of life forms and environments so that future generations may also benefit from them. The main themes for the conference include evaluating the degree of achievement of the COP 2010 goals, as well as drafting a new set of post-2010 goals.

Life in harmony, into the future COP10/MOPS AICHI-NAGOYA JAPAN 2010
•The 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity: Nagoya, Japan, Oct. 18 (Mon.) - Oct. 29, 2010 (Fri.)
•The 5th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties Serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: Nagoya, Japan, Oct. 11 (Mon.) - Oct. 15, 2010 (Fri.)

1 The present agreement was enacted through the mediation of a major professional congress organizer (PCO), a firm that specializes in comprehensively planning, organizing, and managing conventions, and similar gatherings.

Managed Document Services (MDS):
Ricoh’s Managed Document Services (MDS) analyzes document input/output at the customer’s site to realize optimum equipment layout and efficient workflow, as well as improved document workflow. MDS relieves customers from managing printing, copying and documents to leave customers free to focus on their most critical tasks.

Ricoh Group Biodiversity Conservation:
Since 1999, the Ricoh Group has undertaken ecosystem conservation initiatives in order to conserve the global environment, most notably its Forest Conservation Projects and its Environmental Volunteer Leader Development Program, the latter intended to inspire group company employees to carry out activities spontaneously in this regard. The group acts with an awareness of the importance of efforts to sustain and improve Earth’s own self-recovery capabilities, rather than simply to reduce the group’s own environmental impact. Ricoh has also proactively promoted its work in this regard, positioning its efforts as “building a wider network,” sponsoring symposia and forming partnerships with other like-minded businesses, to promote such initiatives more broadly. In March 2009, we drafted the Ricoh Group Biodiversity Policy, marking a seminal effort in describing concrete policies for taking biodiversity into consideration when conducting business. Based on this policy, the Ricoh Group strives to reduce the impact that its overall business has on biodiversity, and contributes to conserving biodiversity as part of its corporate responsibility on a par with the three core areas of “energy conservation and prevention of global warming”,“resource conservation and recycling”, and “pollution prevention” for both products and business activities.
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