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Effective Use of Water Resources

Using water resources effectively

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Policy/Basic Concept

As the world's population increases and economic development progresses, the escalation of problems related to water stress and water pollution are becoming social issues. Consequently, corporations are expected to utilize water resources effectively, reduce consumption, and prevent pollution.

Water resources are indispensable for the Ricoh Group, especially for our toner production, so we pay special attention to how we handle water. Although the impact of water issues varies depending on business characteristics and the local environment, the Ricoh Group has established a policy on water resources and is promoting the effective utilization and reduction of water resources by implementing activities on a global basis while understanding and considering the impact on business and the local environment. Furthermore, in consideration of the local characteristics of water issues, we are working together with local citizens—including diverse communities and suppliers—to address water resource issues.

Water Policy

  1. We will act based on the recognition that access to safe and secure water resources is the right for all people.
  2. We will act by setting targets, considering the impact of our business activities on water resources as well as regional characteristics.
  3. We will manage water resources in compliance with laws and regulations as well as international standards, initiatives, and public policies.
  4. We will contribute to solving water resource issues not only within our own company but also in society through our technological innovations.
  5. We will strive to improve the awareness of all employees, with each taking the initiative in communicating with stakeholders to help solve water resource issues in local communities.
  6. We will consider not only resource conservation but also climate change and pollution prevention when procuring raw materials, products and services, and the equipment we use.


To continuously discuss mid- to long-term issues of the Ricoh Group in the areas of environment, society, and governance at the management level, the ESG Committee, chaired by the CEO, was established in May 2018. The committee meets once every quarter with the participation of Senior Management to discuss the status of initiatives, issues, and investment decisions related to environmental issues, including water risks, as important themes for management. Its deliberations are regularly reported to the Board of Directors, which then supervises the execution of ESG activities at a high level.

In addition, the Group has established a water resource management structure at each business site to control wastewater discharge and water intake.

Collating data and formulating water management plans

The Ricoh Group formulates water management plans for its approximately 300 global sites, including major production sites, based on the amounts of water used, discharged, and recycled, and manages the plans and results for each fiscal year. The Ricoh Group's environmental impact monitoring system analyzes data on water intake and wastewater discharge and utilizes this data for PDCA management.

Water risk assessment and response to water stress regions

We utilize the "Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas" from the World Resources Institute (WRI) to assess water stress and water scarcity risks at our production sites and conduct water risk assessments. Among the indicators set in "Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas 3.0," business sites categorized as "high" or above in "Baseline Water Stress" or "Baseline water depletion" are identified as "water stress areas." As a result of the evaluation, it has been confirmed that the withdrawal rate from water stress areas accounts for less than 10% of Ricoh Group's total water intake, and sites located in water stress areas comprise less than 10% of all Ricoh Group business sites. The water stress areas in which we operate include three locations: China, Vietnam, and Thailand, with a total water intake of 163,480㎥ for fiscal year 2022. As part of measures in water stress areas, we actively engage in dialogue with stakeholders such as local administrations and communities. For example, we set voluntary targets significantly below the water intake restriction limits imposed by authorities and have achieved initiatives towards meeting these targets.

Targets and Performance

The Ricoh Group prioritizes the conservation of local environments and strives to maximize the effective utilization of water. To achieve this, the group establishes overall targets and evaluates water usage, identifying opportunities for improving water efficiency and actively engaging in related initiatives. In areas where water withdrawal requirements are set by the local government and water stress is a serious concern, we set targets based on indicators to ensure that we comply with government requirements and use water efficiently according to the characteristics of our business. To comply with regulations and solve local water issues, we are working to establish voluntary standards that are stricter than government regulations.

Target: Reduce the volume of consumption below that of the previous year*

*Target for FY 2022: <3,158 (1,000㎥)/ Target for FY 2023: <3,146 (1,000㎥)

Image: Water-related data


  FY2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
Water withdrawal (1,000㎥) 4,058 3,237 3,158 3,146
Water discharge (1,000㎥) 3,088 2,418 2,413 2,568
Water consumption (1,000㎥) 970 819 745 578
Reused / recycled volume 635 412 439 517
Reused / recycled rate (%) 14 11 12 14

At one of our sites in a water stress area, Shanghai Ricoh Digital Equipment Co., Ltd., in consultation with local authorities, has set water conservation goals and is actively working towards them.

FY 2022 Target: 48.3 (1,000㎥)

FY 2022 Actual: 54.1 (1,000㎥)

* In fiscal 2022, due to temporary factors, the goal was not achieved, but it is anticipated to be achieved in fiscal 2023.

In fiscal 2022, there were no violations or fines/penalties related to environmental regulations, including wastewater regulations for Ricoh Group.

Penalties and fines concerning the environment (including wastewater) for the Ricoh Group

For more information related water resources, please see below ESG data
ESG data