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Social Contribution Activities and Achievements

In addition to Resolution of social issues through business activities(Creating Shared Value:CSV), we are also committed to carrying out socially beneficial activities in a steady, responsible manner, both within and outside of our business functions. These activities include initiatives the Group and its employees lead as well as support given to nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations.

Focus Areas(Materiality) and main Social Contribution Activities

ProsperityIntelligence creation Productivity enhancementSDGs 8 9
  • BOP Project
  • Developing a platform for business opportunities that will also lead to solving social issues
    While rapid economic growth is being witnessed in many emerging and developing countries, there are still considerable population groups in these nations living in poverty, often referred to as the BOP (Base of the Pyramid). In India, Ricoh supports local people in the creation and expansion of their businesses as a way of providing on-going assistance in solving various challenges that confront people in the BOP who reside in rural areas in particular. Through these efforts, we aspire to play a major role in enhancing quality of life in rural areas and reducing the income gap between urban and rural residents, while pursuing our future business opportunities.
PeopleQOL EnhancementSDGs 3 4 11
  • Ricoh Science Caravan(Japanese)
  • Ricoh Science Caravan was launched to provide opportunities for children in Japan to develop a love for science. The caravan travels to educational facilities, mainly science halls and schools throughout Japan, engaging children in science experiments.
    The Caravan offers experience-based interactive programs developed and operated with Ricoh’s human and technological resources. We select appropriate topics, such as the basic principles of copiers using static electricity and the structure of digital cameras.
  • The Ichimura Nature School Kanto(Japanese)
  • The Ichimura Nature School Kanto gives children a chance to “learn how to live from Mother Nature” in an agricultural community. In this way, they learn how to “develop yourself by thinking together, using each other’s ideas, and doing field work together with the blessing of nature.” We also support activities of Daichi no Kai (the Earth Club), a group voluntarily established by alumni of the program, particularly in organizing major activities, such as general meetings, summer camps, and alumni farms. We will continue to support the development of students, including graduates of the school, as they take their place in society.
  • Support activities for people and areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake
PlanetZero-carbon society Circular economySDGs 7 12 13
  • Forest Conservation Projects (our company forests, Non our company forests)
  • Forest which present particularly rich biodiversity, are of special interest to Ricoh, and the Company has been promoting forest conservation projects in five countries and six regions since 1999 in partnership with environmental NGOs and local communities.
    Unlike simple afforestation, the primary objectives of these activities are to protect the habitats of indigenous species and the life of residents and to establish a system for sustainable forestry management.

Employee Participation Activities

For a company to effectively utilize its resources to address social challenges, enhanced social awareness of its employees is essential. With this view, we offer a spectrum of opportunities to help individual employees raise their awareness and sensitivity toward social issues, and encourage them to take action in some form by participating in volunteer activities or making efforts within their business engagements.

FreeWill, Ricoh’s Social Contribution Club

image:Tree planting in Rikuzentakata CityTree planting in Rikuzentakata City

image:Children receiving donated picture books in IndiaChildren receiving donated picture books in India

FreeWill is an employee-led endeavor launched in 1999 that seeks to turn individual donations into a sizable fund for social contribution activities underpinned by greater participation and sustained involvement in the movement. Currently, employees of a total of 10 group companies including Ricoh are voluntarily participating in activities as FreeWill members.

Employees who belong to FreeWill donate a portion of their salary and bonus, with the collected funds going to nonprofit and other organizations that promote solutions to social problems and employees’ social contribution activities. The club invites suggestions from members, based on which the delegate members discuss which organizations and activities to support.

The donations made by employees are matched by contributions from the 10 member companies (Ricoh, Ricoh Japan, Ricoh Logistics System, Ricoh IT Solutions, Ricoh Leasing, Ricoh Creative Service, Ricoh Industry, Ricoh Technologies, Ricoh Electronic Devices, Ricoh Industrial Solutions).

FreeWill also organizes member activities. Among major programs are: a cherry tree planting activity along the tsunami water line in Rikuzentakata City in Iwate Prefecture, which was devastated by the catastrophic tsunami that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake; and the Picture Book Project, in which members send Japanese picture books to children in India and Bangladesh after attaching stickers of the text translated into local languages. These activities provide many members with opportunities to become involved in social contribution.

Ricoh Global Eco Action

image:Employees of Ricoh Europe installing a bird box.Employees of Ricoh Europe installing a bird box.

In 2006, the Ricoh Group designated one day in June as "Ricoh Global Eco Action" day, during which Group employees around the world think about and take action on behalf of the global environment. On this day every year, we hold a variety of environmental events, including biodiversity conservation activities and energy-saving campaigns.
This year, in London, employees of Ricoh Europe helped restore and improve parks in their community, tending to gardens and installing bird boxes.
In 2012, a database was created to record social activities, including Global Eco Action. Since then, Group members have been able to find out about activities occurring in other parts of the world through the database and share their knowledge.

Support Activites for People and Areas Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake