Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has published its CSR Report 2014 online to inform all of its stakeholders about the Group’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Based on the management philosophy “The Creation of New Value,” Konica Minolta strives to realize 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 the 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 in each and every sector of the business domains by focusing thoroughly on customer-centric ideas. The company is driving its quest to create values through enhanced offering of products and solution services contributing to overcoming problems faced by the customers and society. Along the way, Konica Minolta is raising the bar on CSR management in fulfilling its responsibilities to society.
Dr David Cooke, Managing Director of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia, believes we are in an era in which relationships are paramount. Since his appointment eighteen months ago he has put his passion for collaboration into the business.
This year, he launched the Australian implementation of Transform 2016, a mid-term strategy for Konica Minolta’s growth that builds on its relationships with customers, appointing Shane Blandford, one of his most senior executives to spearhead the program.
Shane comments “Our relationships are based on a long history of providing excellent products and services within our traditional, print centric portfolio. On top of this, we have always had an honest, accountable culture and a commitment to working in partnership with customers. This gives us a strong foundation for reaching out to new people and markets.”
Ensuring it lives up to its values in supporting the local community, Konica Minolta Australia has been instrumental in supporting a number of causes through financial sponsorship, corporate volunteering and workplace giving programmes.
Dr David Cooke, Managing Director, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia, comments: “We are really serious about seeing through our charitable commitments. We launched a dedicated Social Contribution Programme in November 2011 and, with the energetic support of our employees, have built strong, lasting relationships with four charity partners – The Smith Family, The Breast Cancer Network of Australia, Landcare Australia and Project Futures.
Dr Cooke added, “We’ve been doing this for three years and believe the corporate world has enormous potential to assist the not-for-profit sector. I know that many Australian corporations already realise multiple benefits from association with the non-for-profit sector and hope that the relationship between the two sectors will continue to increase.”
CSR Report 2014 features special stories for “Healthcare,” “Energy” and “Recycle of Resources” to show the company’s current initiative in creating new value that helps enhancement of the quality of society. Each story tells how technological excellence and problem-solving power in Konica Minolta have been giving valuable shape to innovative ideas.
The Report also introduces the new Medium-Term Environmental Plan 2016. The three-year medium plan is an action plan based on Konica Minolta’s long-term environmental vision, Eco Vision 2050, and sets specific goals in fiscal 2016. With the concept of pursuing both the resolution of environmental challenges and enhancing corporate competitiveness, the Medium-Term Environmental Plan 2016 has three important themes: Green Products (planning and development); Green Factories (procurement and production) and Green Marketing (distribution, sales and service, and collection and recycling). These themes are collectively named as “Three Green Activities.” Each theme has established goals in fiscal 2016 in terms of “environmental value” and “corporate value.” For the first time in the company’s medium-term environmental plan, goals are set up as a measure of corporate growth (increase in corporate value).
Efforts in both reduction of environmental impact and growth of corporate value has been extended beyond the Konica Minolta Group into collaboration with its upstream suppliers. The company has been driving initiatives to pursue cost cutting and reduction of carbon emissions at local suppliers by turning its environmental expertise into cooperative work with suppliers and helping them improve their production process. Though these initiatives has mainly focused on improvement in quality and productivity and cost reduction, they are quite helpful in cutting down materials and energy consumption and, consequently, lowering environmental impact. In fiscal 2013, these efforts resulted in a total of nearly 1,800 tons of CO2 reduction for the year. Furthermore, the Medium-Term Environmental Plan 2016 sets CO2 reduction targets related to procurement in addition to carbon emissions reduction targets for the Group production sites. The Group continues to expand its cooperation with suppliers with the aim of achieving these targets.
CSR Report 2014 unveils calculation of the entire carbon emissions associated with the Konica Minolta Group’s activities across its entire supply chain, from upstream to downstream of its operations. The calculation showed that CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain were approximately 1.4 million tons, which represents a decrease of 6.8% from fiscal 2012.*
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*Calculation is basically based on the international standards of GHG Protocol, guidelines for calculating and reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions