Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce the company’s international recognition among the world’s best companies for corporate social responsibility from three socially responsible investment (SRI) research companies; RobecoSAM, Oekom Research AG (oekom) and FTSE4Group* (FTSE).
Globally, institutional investors have been paying close attention not only to financial indices but also to environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts and policies in evaluating corporations long-term and sustainable value creation. Socially responsible investment (SR) assessment companies provide those institutional investors with company ratings based on ESG researches.
Konica Minolta has been awarded RobecoSAM Gold Class, a global distinction for corporate sustainability.
RobecoSAM, based in Switzerland, is the investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing. RobecoSAM invites over 3,000 of the world’s largest companies to participate in the Corporate Sustainability Assessment. Results are analysed in terms of economic, environmental and social issues with a focus on long-term value creation. Recently RobecoSAM released its annual “Sustainability Yearbook 2015” in which 69 companies were ranked as Gold Class.
In this year’s assessment, Konica Minolta earned the highest evaluation in the Computers and Peripherals and Office Electronics sector for its economic initiatives including innovation management and risk management, as well as for environmental initiatives on climate change strategies, environmental policy and its management.
Konica Minolta has been included in the FTSE4Good Global Index by FTSE Group* (FTSE) in the U.K., one of the best known indices in the world for socially responsible investment (SRI) communities. This is the twelfth year in a row that Konica Minolta has earned the recognition.
FTSE confirms that Konica Minolta has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria, and has satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series. Created by the global index company FTSE, FTSE4Good is an equity index series that is designed to facilitate investment in companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards. Companies in the FTSE4Good Index Series have met stringent environmental, social and governance criteria, and are positioned to capitalise on the benefits of responsible business practice.
In the most recent evaluation, Konica Minolta was awarded full marks in the corporate governance and pollution and resources categories, and also received high scores in the area of climate change.
Konica Minolta has been awarded “Prime” Status for corporate social responsibility by the German-based Oekom research AG rating agency in its 2015 Corporate Rating within the industry segment of electronic device and appliance. The company has maintained Prime Status for five years.
Known as one of the world’s leading rating agencies for its internationally-acclaimed researches in sustainable investment and sustainability ratings, oekom has been evaluating companies around the world through its original Corporate Rating with a comprehensive set of criteria in terms of social and environmental measures. A company is given Prime Status if it ranks among the best companies in the same industry segment in the overall rating.
In this assessment, Konica Minolta earned the highest evaluation for eco-efficiency. The company was also highly appraised in the following;
– Global medium-term environmental plan and promotion of diverse initiatives with the goals of both environmental impact reduction and increase in corporate value;
– Efforts to minimise material use, including utilisation of recycled materials through its proprietary technologies;
– Advanced implantation of chemical substance management; and
– Stringent response to evolving environmental standards
Based on the management philosophy “The Creation of New Value,” Konica Minolta strives to realise its vision for “a global company that is vital to society” and “an innovative company that is robust and constantly evolving”, by delivering new value to help its customers and society solve the challenges they face.
Having launched its new medium-term business plan “TRANSFORM 2016” at the start of fiscal 2014, Konica Minolta is transforming its business by offering products and solutions that contribute to solving challenges faced by customers and society at large.
“This global recognition from socially responsible research companies is a testament to Konica Minolta’s commitment and determination to create environmental innovation at each stage of our business processes, from product development to production, distribution, sales and service and collection and recycling. The company is constantly striving to meet societal challenges by creating value that improves the quality of society through our business endeavours,” commented Dr David Cooke, Managing Director of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia.
Locally, Konica Minolta Australia has partnered with Landcare Australia, an organisation that harnesses individuals and groups under the ethos of caring for the land and promotes Cartridges 4 Planet Ark and Close the Loop, the program’s resource recovery partner, to ensure the responsible recycling of print consumables, which saves tonnes of landfill waste every year.
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