Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president: Masamitsu Sakurai) has released the "Ricoh Group Sustainability Report 2002" (April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2002). The report is an unequivocal statement of the Ricoh Group's environment management policy. It shows that global environmental conservation activities equate with one of the company's corporate missions, and that in order for environmental conservation to be sustainable, environmental conservation activities must generate benefits for the company. In addition to reporting on the Ricoh Group's environmental conservation activities, the report is packed with information on the Group's social responsibilities, including Ricoh's Code of Conduct, contributions to society, human affairs, health and safety.
Detailed Reporting on Global Activities
As a dedicated global enterprise, Ricoh acts to protect the environment in every country and region in which it operates. The report, therefore, aims to showcase as many of these activities as possible. This report also highlights many examples of green purchasing, an activity promoted by the Ricoh Group around the world.
More Complete Information on Segment Environmental Accounting (8 reports on forecasts/performance)
The report contains more complete information on segment environmental accounting, a concrete example of Ricoh's environmental conservation, with cost-effect information in each field.
Report Layout Follows Environmental Management Process Sequence
As part of Ricoh's commitment to presenting information in an easy-to-understand format, the page layout follows the sequence of the environmental management process: R&D, procurement, production, sales, distribution, service, use, and recycling.
New Experiments in Environmental Accounting
Grasp of social cost (conversion of environmental impact into monetary terms)
Development of 6 new environmental management indices, which make it possible to evaluate the level of environmental management from multiple angles.
Adoption of the Eco-balance concept, and implementation, on a trial basis, of environmental accounting, which assists internal management by ascertaining the types and levels of environmental impact of each process.
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Use of Global Third Party Verification to Improve Environmental Management System
BVQI (Bureau Veritas Quality International) has verified our environmental impact data and environmental accounting data in Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, and China. The results of this verification led to improvements to our environmental management system, helping to realize environmental management.
Fiscal Year Total Pages Number of copies published
1998 30 26,200 500
1999 32 51,300 8,375
2000 60 45,950 6,800
2001 74 20,390 7,000
2002 84 - -
The Report is printed on paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC*1) with "Non-VOC ink"*2 that does not involve any water in the printing process (Waterless Printing*3). Ricoh is committed to minimizing environmental impact by using this kind of eco-friendly paper as well as the "Waterless Printing" process.
*1: FSC Certified Paper
An international Environmental Protection Group, the Mexican-based non-profit organization FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), is promoting an international labeling scheme to provide a credible guarantee that a product is manufactured from materials originating in an environmentally well-managed forest. The FSC aims to prevent the decrease and destruction of the world forests, which is a huge public concern. The certified forests must achieve set standards proving that the forest is environmentally conserved, must contribute to social benefit, and must be managed in a sustainable manner. Furthermore, products made of wood from certified forests are certified by the FSC, which enables them to be marketed as certified wood. In this way the FSC promotes an incentive in the market place so that consumers can purchase the products with the FSC trademark logo. Thus, this is a system that promotes sustainable forest management.
*2: Non-VOC ink
Printing ink includes as volatile organic compounds (VOC), such as pigments, resins and oils. "Non-VOC ink", on the other hand consists of 100% vegetable oils so it generates no air pollution or negative environmental impact on the human body.
*3: Waterless Printing
Generally, offset printing utilizes a special water containing IPA (isopropyl alcohol). Our "Waterless Printing", on the other hand, has special characteristics that eliminate the use of water and reduces pollution to a great extent.
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