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Conserving the biodiversity of office and factory premises: Managing office and factory premises using the IPM method

  • Global/Ricoh Co., Ltd.

At the Ricoh Group’s offices and factories around the world, green space and greenery constitute an important part of these business sites. Some locations even have lush green forests within their premises. Since fiscal 2011, we have been conserving the biodiversity of such natural environments within our properties by focusing on (1) higher greenery coverage, (2) removal of invasive alien species, and (3) minimal use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. For the first, we ensure that we meet the regulatory greenery coverage standards set in each region and country (or similar criteria in places where no regulatory standards are set). In addition to this, in the event that any invasive alien species are found at any of our premises, we conduct ongoing activities to remove them. Finally, in fiscal 2010, in order to minimize the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, we started to manage the green space at the Ricoh Ohmori Office by taking the integrated pest management (IPM)* approach on a trial basis to assess the effects and challenges. Based on the assessment results, we have formulated a green space management manual for use at our offices and factories around the world. We now manage the green space around the Ohmori Office without using any chemical substances. We are encouraging all Ricoh Group offices and factories to follow this example and minimize the use of chemical substances under the 18th Environmental Action Plan (fiscal 2014-2016).

  • * Integrated Pest Management (IPM):
    An integrated approach for pest and weed control, which has been internationally adopted in agricultural operations in recent years. IPM adopts an optimal combination of pest and weed prevention and control means based on the consideration of every possible technique available. It aims to reduce the use of pesticides and other chemicals to minimal levels while at the same time preventing the proliferation and growth of pests and weeds and reducing and minimizing hazards to human health and the environment. Major IPM components include:
    •Physical control: Using light, sound, heat and mechanical methods;
    •Chemical control: Applying chemicals derived from natural ingredients;
    •Biological control: Introducing natural enemies of target pests; and
    •Cultivation control: Improving the quality of soil (e.g. enhancing drainage and ventilation)