Ricoh sees a sustainable society as one that balances Planet (the environment), People (society) and Profit (our economic activities). Given the possibility of mineral resource depletion in the near future, manufacturing styles are only sustainable if resources are reused.
Underpinning all our activities is a drive to reduce environmental impact to a level that the Earth’s self-recovery capabilities can manage. To conserve the planet’s precious resources, we work to minimise our environmental impact in the areas of resource extraction, energy consumption, chemical discharges and carbon emissions.
Ricoh and the circular economy
The Ricoh Comet Circle, established in 1994, represents the circular economy in practice within our organisation and across our wider economic activities, supplier network and product lifecycles. We aim to:
Reduce environmental impact
First we identify environmental impact at each stage of the product lifecycle, considering all parties involved – the Ricoh Group, suppliers, customers and recycling companies. From here we promote the development of environmental technology and the reuse and recycling of our products to reduce their total ecological impact.
Promote a multi-tiered recycling system
Used products are valuable resources. We recover our used products and reuse and recycle their parts. Parts that can’t be reused are recycled as high quality materials. We repeat the cycle as many times as possible to reduce the need for new materials and minimise waste.
Establish partnerships with like-minded businesses
We work with our partners to reduce environmentally sensitive substances in the manufacturing process, improve transport efficiency and promote green marketing. And we help our recycling partners improve the quality of recycled resources and minimise the energy and costs involved in the process.
Once our products go to market, we provide solutions to customers and communities to help minimise the environmental impact of their activities.
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Ricoh and a sustainable society – our strategy
Our internal strategy is to reduce our CO2 emissions to 1/8 of our year 2000 levels by 2050, addressing three key areas:
1. Resource conservation and recycling
Through our lifecycle design system, we minimise component use and invest in alternative resources like Plant Based Plastics and Biomass toner. We work to make devices smaller, simpler and lighter and recycling and reuse is key to component design. Since 2001, our factories in Europe have a zero-waste-to-landfill policy, meaning that 100% of our resources are recovered. Consumables like toner cartridges are reborn as garden planters and equestrian equipment. And our green-line machines are manufactured from end-of-life equipment, resulting in a 40% carbon emission reduction over their lifetime.
2. Energy conservation
We use solar power and other renewable energies for electricity generation and continually evolve our production processes to realise low carbon manufacturing methods. At the distribution stage, we carefully monitor CO2 emissions and continually improve distribution efficiency within our distribution chain.
3. Pollution prevention
Our concern is with both the environment and the health of the people who make and use our products.
All our products comply with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive, ensuring that electrical and electronic products aren’t put onto the market if they contain six key hazardous substances. We’ve also banned an additional six substances not currently included in the list.
We adhere to REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), and register and carefully manage all chemical substances used in our business. We’ve also imposed our own strict Chemical Substance Management System across our supply chain.
Ricoh contributes to the development of a sustainable society with the Comet Circle
Customer centric approach
As part of a global company, our employees are tasked to care about people, our industry, our society and our planet. We dedicate our winning spirit, innovation capabilities and teamwork to refining our customer centric approach, always committing to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
Engrained in our culture is to always put the customer first and deliver an exceptional customer experience in all areas of our business.
We are committed to delivering services and products that improve our customers’ quality of life. We are also driven to fulfil our responsibilities to create a sustainable society and to continue to provide innovative solutions that bring value and inspiration to our customers each and every day.
We celebrate and reward our employees for exemplary service and innovation through the RICOH Way Award, which recognises and praises on both local and global levels those whose activities exemplify The RICOH Way.
Commitment to the planet
Our commitment to sustainability is a part of our heritage and touches every part of our company, from manufacturing to distribution, business sites to recycling. Environmental awareness underpins everything we do.
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