German oekom research presented Ricoh with the Prime status award for its Sustainability rating.
Oekom research is one of the world’s leading sustainable investment rating agencies. It comprehensively assesses enterprises in the Community and Environment category according to criteria selected for each industry. It also recognises businesses that demonstrate excellence in their particular industry as Prime.
Points for which Ricoh was highly rated are:
• The introduction and implementation of comprehensive guidelines in relation to product reuse and recycling.
• Positive development and launch of energy-efficient products.
• Products’ compliance with strict criteria for prevention of environmentally sensitive chemical substances.
• Increase in product recovery, reuse, and recycling.
Ricoh was also listed for 11 consecutive years in the FTSE4Good Index Series, the FTSE Group (UK) index of socially responsible investing. It was also listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indices, published by S&P Dow Jones Indices (US) and RobecoSAM (Switzerland), for two consecutive years. In addition, Ricoh was placed in the Silver Class as an advanced enterprise with excellent sustainability this year, and thus earned high marks globally.
The company has set a medium term goal to become an environmentally friendly company that provides customers with confidence, comfort, and convenience beyond their expectations, as well as supporting lifestyle transformation, as expectations for companies to help bring about a sustainable society have increased in recent years.
Ricoh will further promote its sustainable environmental management, including initiatives that simultaneously achieve environmental conservation and profit, and strive to achieve a sustainable society through business creation and expansion.