Ricoh Group actively endorses and participates in domestic and international initiatives and statements related to Sustainability, and collaborates proactively towards achieving a sustainable society. As of March 2023, we are participating in the following initiatives;
Since advocating environmental management in 1998, the Ricoh Group has been working on climate change measures based on the scientific point of view, such as The Paris Agreement and IPCC. And aims to create momentum in society as a whole. We prioritize this basic policy and take a leadership role in introducing necessary climate change policies and activating corporate climate change measures by actively participating in domestic and international initiatives on climate change, beyond the scope of existing economic or industry organizations. We periodically verify the consistency between climate change measures taken by Ricoh and those taken by other participating organizations, and if there are any insufficient measures, we work with other companies to strengthen them.
Mr. Masamitsu Sakurai, predecessor chairman of Ricoh, who served as the representative secretary of Keizaidoyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) from 2007 to 2011, published a policy proposal stating that Japan should also set high reduction targets for COP15, and showed an attitude that the industrial sector should actively engage in achieving the targets.
In 2009, Ricoh participated as a founding member in JCLP (Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership), an industry-crossing group of companies that proactively tackle climate change, and has been making various policy proposals on climate change as a core member ever since.
In 2017, Ricoh announced its participation in RE100, the first Japanese company to do so, and visited the Ministry of the Environment, where the current chairman, Mr. Yoshinori Yamashita, requested that the environment minister strengthen policies on introducing electricity from renewable energy sources. We continue to promote the participation of Japanese companies in RE100 and engage with the Japanese government, while also cooperating in the establishment of JCI (Climate Change Initiative) in 2018, and working to create momentum towards decarbonization in Japan.
In 2021, Mr.Yamashita was appointed as the co-representative of JCLP, and visited the Prime Minister's Office to hand over JCLP's opinion paper on climate change policies to the Prime Minister. We are advancing dialogue and policy involvement with the Japanese government and international organizations.
Science Based Targets (SBT)
Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD)
Business for Nature
Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity（JBIB）
30by30 Alliance for Biodiversity
|April 2002||Becomes the second Japanese company to sign the UN Global Compact|
|June 2007||Signs Caring for Climate: The Business Leadership Platform of the UN Global Compact|
|May 2008||Signs the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity|
|December 2008||Signs the CEO Statement for the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN (Ricoh)|
|July 2009||Participates in the Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership (JCLP) as a founding member|
|December 2010||Announces its support for The Cancun Communiqué on Climate Change|
|November 2012||Announces its support for The Carbon Price Communiqué to counter climate change|
|September 2014||Announces its endorsement of the Initiative to Support the World Bank Group's Carbon Pricing|
|September 2014||Announces its support for The Trillion Tonne Communiqué, a call to keep cumulative CO2 emissions below a trillion tonnes|
|April 2017||Becomes the first Japanese company to join the RE100, a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses|
|August 2018||Commits to recommendations of Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures|
|September 2018||Ricoh President & CEO delivers keynote speech at the Climate Week NYC opening ceremony|
|October 2018||Signs Japan Climate Action Summit declaration|
|June 2019||Ricoh Corporate Officer in charge of ESG names board director of Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB)|
|August 2019||Commits to tackling inequality by joining Business for Inclusive Growth coalition|
|November 2019||Joins the Responsible Business Alliance, the World's Largest Industry Coalition Dedicated to CSR in Global Supply Chains|
|January 2020||Becomes the only Asian company on RE100 Advisory Committee|
|March 2020||Revises Environmental Goals for 2030 and obtains “1.5°C” approval by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)|
|June 2020||Endorses Uniting Business and Governments to Recover Better|
|June 2020||Ricoh President & CEO attending a meeting with Japan's Minister of the Environment to exchange views about climate change issues|
|October 2020||Commits to Business Ambition for 1.5°C and Race to Zero|
|November 2020||On behalf of Ricoh as a Japan Climate Initiative member, Ricoh President & CEO proposes renewable energy deregulation to Japan's Minister for Regulatory Reform|
|November 2020||Joins “30% Club Japan” aiming to increase the ratio of woman executives in companies|
|March 2021||Joins WIPO GREEN, an international platform to promote environmental technology exchanges|
|October 2021||Ricoh President & CEO names Co-Chair of Japan Climate Leaders Partnership (JCLP)|
|April 2022||Participates in the 30 by 30 Alliance for Biodiversity|
|April 2022||On behalf of Ricoh as a Japan Climate Initiative member, Jake Yamashita, Ricoh President & CEO, urges Prime Minister Kishida to accelerate the expansion of renewable energy and introduce carbon pricing to overcome climate crisis|