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Our approach to sustainability

We know that in order to deliver on our stated commitment to sustainability, we need to understand our own impact, set targets, and take action. We are determined to help resolve social issues through business and that’s why we have conducted a materiality assessment to help us prioritise our activity to ensure we can deliver the greatest impact. We have also set global environmental goals and action plans in line with our business strategy.

Our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Launched by the United Nations in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 global goals which address key social issues. These goals are a call to action for all countries and businesses to join forces and address some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues. The SDGs were agreed by all 193 UN member states as part of the 2030 world agenda for Sustainability Development.

We have placed the Sustainable Development Goals at the heart of our business Growth strategy by aligning relevant SDGs to all our business activities and setting clear targets to measure our progress against them.

Our approach to sustainability - SDG Goals


Resolving social issues through business

In 2014, we carried out a comprehensive materiality assessment to establish which sustainability issues represented risks and/or opportunities for our business.


Sustainability - Our approach to sustainability - Materiality analysis


We believe that we can help resolve social issues through business. As a result, we identified five priority issues which are aligned to the following eight SDGs:

Sustainability - Our approach to sustainability - Priorities

Our five priority issues and our commitment

  1. Intelligence Creation: we will support intelligence creation by enabling people to work smarter.
  2. Productivity Enhancement: we will improve productivity in today's workplaces through innovative technologies and services.
  3. Quality of Life Enhancement: we will provide solutions in the fields of healthcare and education by harnessing our technologies and improve the quality of people's lives through continual support for community development.
  4. Zero-Carbon Society: we will strive to achieve zero emissions from our own business activities through comprehensive energy conservation activities and the use of renewable energy.
  5. Circular Economy: we will contribute to realising a circular economy by promoting the collection and recycling of used products and the usage of recycled resources globally.


By tackling these issues through business, we are actively taking action to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The illustration below shows the link between Ricoh’s five material issues, the balance of the Three Ps (Prosperity, People and Planet – our philosophy for a sustainable society) and their alignment to the eight Sustainable Development Goals where we believe Ricoh can make a difference:

Sustainability - Our approach to sustainability - SDG Materiality

Case study: Our partnership with Utrecht University - Interactive & Collaborative Learning

Utrecht University is a strong advocate of using technology to enhance students’ learning experience. To encourage collaboration between students, we have been working with the university on its Teaching and Learning Lab which is equipped with a variety of our products including video conferencing, Theta cameras, Interactive Whiteboards and projectors. This annual programme aims to develop projects and activities to help students, professors and researchers make the best use of technology for teaching & learning.

Our global environmental goals

To reduce the environmental impact within our own operations and help our business partners do the same, we have set global environmental goals for 2030 and 2050 in alignment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris agreement. 

As part of these goals, we have committed to using a minimum of 30% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% by 2050. We have also committed to reducing the use of new resources by 50% in 2030 and 93% in 2050. 

These goals are set out in our Environmental Action Plans. Today, we are working on improving our own processes, systems and infrastructures to reduce our own environmental impact. 

Our commitment to delivering on our plans was further strengthened in 2017 when we became the first Japanese company to join RE100 - a collaborative group made up of the world’s most influential businesses committed to using 100% renewable energy. 

Our Sustainability Efforts

  • Sustainability - People

    People

    Making a positive and long-lasting impact on the communities where we live and work is important to us. Find out how we are taking action.

  • Sustainability and Planet

    Planet

    Our commitment to protecting the planet goes beyond reducing our own environmental footprint. We also support our customers to reduce their footprint.

  • Sustainability - Governance and Policies

    Governance & Policies

    We are committed to conducting business with integrity and to the highest ethical standards in compliance with the law and industry regulations.