In order to achieve a sustainable society in the future without depleting the earth’s limited resources, it is necessary to realize a “recycling-oriented society” where the greatest effects are generated with the least amount of resources and energy.
Ricoh supports the realization of a recycling-oriented society through our efforts to efficiently circulate resources at each of the three stages: 1.when products are manufactured, 2.when products and services are used by customers, and 3.after products are used.
We report on our efforts toward a circular economy. This report summarizes the Ricoh Group’s basic approach to sustainability, its policy for realizing circular economy, and the risks and opportunities for us.
Ricoh has set targets for resource conservation for the realization of a Circular Economy. To achieve this, we are promoting “a comprehensively efficient use and recycling of resources” and “switching to sustainable resource use”. In addition, while aiming to address social issues by “shifting to a Circular Economy” and tackling “ocean micro-plastic pollution”, we will establish a plastic policy for products and packaging materials as shown below and develop relevant business activities.
*1 Disposable plastic that is discarded after one use
*2 New plastic made from fossil resources
Scope: Plastics used in Ricoh brand products and packaging materials
Ricoh is committed to reduction and recycling of waste emissions from our business activities. We work on limiting the loss of resources by improving quality and yield. We also work on the sorting of waste materials generated from manufacturing processes so that they can be recycled or treated properly. We are continuing these efforts in resource management.
In recent years, water shortages and other water resource issues have occurred on a global scale due to an increase in the global population, economic growth in developing countries and climate change. Ricoh relies upon the "Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas" of the World Resources Institute (WRI) to confirm the water risk at each of its business sites. The WRI is an international environmental NGO whose mission is to protect the earth’s environment.
Giving serious consideration to the conservation of local environments, Ricoh uses water resources as efficiently as possible following the goals we set for the whole group.