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Ricoh puts the green muscle of over 100 000 employees behind World Environment Day

Ricoh has again dedicated June as Eco Action Month during which the entire group of companies around the world encourages employees to consider the environment and take action to protect the ecology.

Ricoh SA will kick-start its activities when 13 employees attend the planting of 25 donated trees at Denver Primary on Friday, June 3.

“It is part of our corporate culture at Ricoh to realise a sustainable society,” says Esti Kilian, GM of Marketing Services at Ricoh SA. “Ricoh has always incorporated profit, people, and planet into the business philosophy, right from our founding in 1936. But in 1994 we developed the Comet Circle that embraces the idea of reducing environmental impact over the entire lifecycle of our products, including associated upstream and downstream processes.”

One of the keys to unlocking the Comet Circle’s potential, says Kilian is to recirculate resources back into product manufacturing.

Ricoh SA also continues to support rhino conservation efforts as well as perform other conservation-related activities throughout the year.

The Ricoh Group will hold its Common Action Day on Friday, June 3, since the United Nations’ World Environment Day falls on Sunday, June 5, this year.

Ricoh Global Eco Action began in 2006 and is organised annually with the aim of enhancing eco-awareness and improving the quality of environmental management. Each organisation in the Ricoh Group creates its own programme for Eco Action Month to reflect regional nuance.

An overall theme binds the various organisations and this year is: Sharing the eco mind together. The overall event will include around 110 000 worldwide employees. 

Major 2016 activities include:

  • Switching off all Ricoh electric signage and billboards around the world on June 3;
  • Only use natural energy electricity via Renewable Energy Certificates for June 3;
  • Have employees wear green clothing on June 3 to create awareness of Eco Action Month;
  • Ricoh Europe, under which Ricoh SA indirectly falls, will have volunteer employees participate in a biodiversity conservation activity with NPO Royal Parks Foundation.

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Ricoh is empowering digital workplaces using innovative technologies and services enabling individuals to work smarter. For more than 80 years, Ricoh has been driving innovation and is a leading provider of document management solutions, IT services, commercial and industrial printing, digital cameras, and industrial systems. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in approximately 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ended March 2017, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,028 billion yen (approx. 18.2 billion USD).

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