Ricoh Europe was awarded by Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) with the industry best score in three categories: Innovation Management, Product Stewardship and Digital Inclusion.
The news follows Ricoh’s inclusion in the Carbon Disclosure Project, the FTSE4Good Index Series for the tenth consecutive year and Oekom Corporate Ratings, putting it into the four most credible ratings in the world, according to a GlobeScan/SustainAbility survey.
Ricoh has also been recognised as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies 2013 for the fifth consecutive year by Ethisphere Institute and the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporation in the World and the ninth year in total.
DJSI, compiled by Dow Jones and RobecoSAM Group, was the first global sustainability index to assess a company’s corporate sustainability from the economic, environmental, and social developments aspects.
This year, DJSI reviewed 2 500 companies around the world, and 333 companies were selected to the DJSI world Index. Ricoh was recognised as a leader in the Computer and Peripherals Office Electronics industry as well as being added to the DJSI world and DJSI Asia/Pacific Index in 2013.
Richard Pinker, MD of Ricoh SA said, Its process is considered to be among the most rigorous in terms of the number of questions and depth of information requested.
Ricoh makes social and environmental contributions toward a sustainable society while aiming to earn greater trust and confidence from customers and stakeholders. With globalisation, issues facing society are becoming increasingly complicated and diversified.
In tandem with these social changes come corresponding changes for businesses and corporations are expected to make meaningful contributions to society. While creating economic value, Ricoh believes these corporate efforts will drive innovation and create additional value.
Pinker mentioned that this is the reason why Ricoh SA makes ongoing contributions to impact on social issues from rhino poaching to foster care for orphaned children and even a search and rescue helicopter squadron in the South African Air Force (SAAF).