Human society relies heavily on the various “gifts” provided by the earth’s ecosystems, and biodiversity is a big factor in these ecosystems.
Believing that the conservation of biodiversity leads to truly affluent and sustainable societies, the Ricoh Group established the Ricoh Group Biodiversity Policy in 2009.
Based on this policy, we are working to reduce the environmental impacts associated with our business activities while at the same time maintaining and enhancing the earth’s ability to regenerate itself.
As issues related to business operations, the Biodiversity Policy sets out policies on the evaluation, understanding and analysis of influences on biodiversity, on the promotion of technical development and on cooperation with stakeholders.
By elucidating the relationship between our business activities and ecosystems, we carry out biodiversity-friendly business activities.
The Ricoh Group uses a map specifically created to show the exact relationship between our business activities and biodiversity. The “Map of Corporate Activities and Biodiversity” shows the relationship between our corporate activities, such as product life cycle and land use activities, and biodiversity at a glance.
From the map, we learned that the copier industry has a large impact on the ecosystem due to procurement of raw materials (e.g., paper pulp and metals) and manufacturing and consumption of paper. We will use the information from the map in our conservation activities in close cooperation with each business division.
Map of Corporate Activities and Biodiversity
Considering forest conservation important not only from the viewpoint of biodiversity conservation but also from that of global warming prevention and sustainable community development, The Ricoh Group is promoting forest development both in terms of protection and in the increase of trees.
Since 1999, we have been developing forest conservation activities from a global perspective in partnership with environmental NGOs and other experts. Unlike simple afforestation, the main aims of these activities are to protect the habitats of indigenous species and the lifestyles of local residents, as well as to establish a system for sustainable forestry management.
Aiming to contribute to the development of local communities, employees of the Ricoh Group have been working together with various stakeholders, including local governments and local residents, on “forest development through cooperative work with stakeholders” since 2017. We work on activities to promote the restoration of rural landscapes with rich biodiversity and the revitalization of communities of local residents.
The Ricoh Group encourages each employee to have awareness as a global citizen and practice voluntary activities either inside or outside the company.
Employees get together across the country to work on the activities.