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2017, October - Konica Minolta named Industry Group Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2017

Konica Minolta has been announced as the Industry Group Leader in the segment “Technology Hardware & Equipment” of the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for 2017. This index is one of the most prestigious global indices for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment – and it has included Konica Minolta for the sixth consecutive year in this selective ranking of sustainability-driven companies.

2017, August - Konica Minolta among the top one per cent of suppliers in the global ecoVadis rating

Ecovadis CSR Rating 2017 Gold

With the Gold rating, Konica Minolta Inc. has received the highest distinction possible in the global ecoVadis sustainability evaluation. Its extraordinarily high rating reflects Konica Minolta’s continuous dedication to sustainability and social responsibility. It is an encouraging external acknowledgement for the company on its path to reducing CO2 emissions throughout the product lifecycle by 80% until 2050, compared to the fiscal year 2005 level.

2017, August - Konica Minolta Europe certified to the Environmental Management System ISO 14001:2015

As a recognition of our well working environmental management system Konica Minolta Europe has received the ISO 14001:2015 certification by the TÜV Rheinland.

2017, February- Konica Minolta obtains “RobecoSAM Silver Class” distinction

RobecoSAM Sustainability Award Silver Class 2017

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) was awarded the RobecoSAM Silver Class 2017, a global commendation for sustainability in corporate environments. For the third time in a row, Konica Minolta achieved the highest possible score in the Computers & Peripherals and Office Electronics divisions for its approach towards innovation and risk management, and remains one of the leaders in the industry.

2016, June - Konica Minolta has been granted a Gold Recognition Level Based on their EcoVadis CSR rating

Konica Minolta EcoVadis Gold Rating Logo

In 2016, Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) was awarded the global EcoVadis Gold rating which positions the company among the top 2% for sustainability performance. Furthermore,  Konica Minolta is in the top 6 % of suppliers in the category Manufacture of computers and peripheral equipment.

The EcoVadis CSR ratings and scorecards covering 21 CSR Indicators, 150 commodities, and 110 countries are built on 3 Pillars: People, Process, and Platform. Its methodology is at the core of the CSR analysis system, considering the four themes of: Environment, Fair labour practices, Ethics/fair business practices and Supply chain.

For more information regarding the EcoVadis CSR analysis system, please visit: http://www.ecovadis.com/

2016, June - Konica Minolta continuously targets the reduction of CO2

As one of the pioneers of sustainable engagement in the printing industry, Konica Minolta continuously targets the reduction of CO2 emissions on many fronts. Since January 2016 Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH and Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland GmbH source their electricity from renewable energy certified by KlimaINVEST with the “ökostrom +” label including the support of new regenerative power plants. Thus, Konica Minolta can avoid annually more than 5,000 tons of CO2 in Germany (for comparison: Annually, every German emits approximately 12 tons of CO2 on average*).

KlimaINVEST Green Concepts GmbH is a professional partner of energy suppliers when it comes to the implementation of green energy.

*Source: Federal Environment Agency (as of March 2015) and Federal Statistical Office (population)

 

2016, February - Konica Minolta awarded RobecoSAM Silver Class

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has been awarded RobecoSAM Silver Class, a global distinction for corporate sustainability.

2015, September - Konica Minolta Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Four Consecutive Years

Konica Minolta Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for four years in a row in recognition of its economic, environmental and social performance.

2015, February - Konica Minolta rewarded for sustainable investment standards with globally renowned distinctions

Konica Minolta, Inc. has received three globally relevant social responsibility rewards in February 2015, which underline the engagement and leading role of the company in sustainable investment standards:

  • FTSE4Good Global Index for Twelfth Consecutive Year
  • RobecoSAM Gold honours sustainability investment of Konica Minolta
  • oekom research receives “Prime Status” for the fifth time for Konica Minolta
RobecoSAM Gold logo
FTSE4Good logo

2014, September - Konica Minolta Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Three Consecutive Years

Konica Minolta Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for three years in a row in recognition of its economic, environmental and social performance.

2014, September - Konica Minolta publishes CSR Report 2014

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has published its CSR Report 2014 to inform all of its stakeholders about the Group’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. The CSR Report 2014 features Konica Minolta’s global activities representing the scopes global environment, customers, business partners, employees and society.

2014, March - Production Site in Wuxi, China, Achieves First “Green Factory Certification System Level 2” Among Business Technologies Factories

Production Site Wuxi China

Adoption of Industrial Engineering Drives Environmental Impact Reduction and Productivity Enhancement

2014, February - Konica Minolta awarded RobecoSAM Silver Class

RobecoSAM Silver Class

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has been awarded RobecoSAM Silver Class, a global distinction for corporate sustainability.

2013, December - Konica Minolta Receives “2013 Environment Minister’s Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity”

Environment Minister Award Logo

Konica Minolta, Inc. has been awarded a “2013 Environment Minister’s Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity (Implementation of Countermeasures)” by the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan, in recognition of the initiatives to prevent global warming through the company’s “Green Factory Certification System.”

2013, November - Konica Minolta Joins “Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition” (EICC)

With the membership to the EICC, Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) will enhance its performance and transparency in conducting CSR activities by utilizing EICC’s various tools that meet changing social demands and requirements.

2013, November - Konica Minolta Recognised for Climate Change Action and Transparency with CDP Leadership Positions

CDP Logo

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that the company has been commended by CDP for the action it is taking to reduce emissions and mitigate the risks of climate change and for its approach to the disclosure of climate change information. The achievements are announced today in the CDP Japan 500 Climate Change Report 2013.

2013, September - Konica Minolta Publishes CSR Report 2013

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has published its CSR Report 2013 to inform all stakeholders about the Group´s corporate social responsibility initiatives. The CSR Report 2013 features Konica Minolta’s global activities which for instance led to a reduction of lifecycle CO2 emissions in fiscal 2012 down to 50% of what they were in fiscal 2005. It also unveils calculation of the entire carbon emissions associated with the Group´s activities across its entire supply chain.

2013, September - Konica Minolta Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Two Consecutive Years

Dow Jones Sustainability Index Logo

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the second year in a row in recognition of its economic, environmental and social performance.

2013, May - Konica Minolta Included in FTSE4Good Global Index for Tenth Consecutive Year

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that the company 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 tenth year in a row that Konica Minolta earned the recognition.

2013, February - Konica Minolta wins two renowned CSR awards for good start to a green 2013

Konica Minolta’s CSR activities are gaining further recognition. Winning the RobecoSAM Gold Class Award sees the company honoured by an investment specialist focused on sustainability investment. Konica Minolta products have also recently received accolades for environmental friendliness. This is the first time an MFP manufacturer has won an Eco Mark Award.

2012, August - Konica Minolta continues on its green path

Imaging expert Konica Minolta’s ambitious Eco Vision 2050 aims to substantially reduce CO2 emissions by 2050, actively engage in optimised resource utilisation and strongly support biodiversity. These large-scale targets are accompanied by minor moves. In June 2012 a battery-powered company car with a charging station was taken into service in Langenhagen, while optimisation of the IT server infrastructure has almost halved power consumption over the past two and a half years.

2012, May - Konica Minolta Included in FTSE4Good Global Index for Ninth Consecutive Year

Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that the company has been included in the FTSE4Good Global Index by FTSE International Limited (FTSE) in the U.K., one of the best known indices in the world for socially responsible investment (SRI) communities. This is the ninth year in a row that Konica Minolta earned this recognition.

2012, April - Among the top green companies

Konica Minolta has made it to a leading position in the overall ranking of the 15th Environmental Management Survey by the Japanese news company Nikkei Publishing Inc. The imaging expert is ranked 12th of 1,744 manufacturers and leads the field in three out of five of the survey’s criteria. With this result, Konica Minolta is the highest-ranked provider of image information products.

2011, December - Konica Minolta wins prestigious environmental award in UK

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd., located in Basildon, Essex, has won the prestigious Green Apple Award in recognition of its Optimized Print Services’ (OPS) Green Audit Process.

2011, September - Konica Minolta has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index

Konica Minolta has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific) for the third consecutive year in recognition of its economic, environmental and social performance.

2011, July - Konica Minolta awarded prime status by oekom research AG

Konica Minolta has been awarded prime status by the oekom research AG, one of the global leading rating agencies in the segment of sustainable investments and sustainable ratings. oekom ranked Konica Minolta among the leaders in the industry. The oekom prime logo demonstrates Konica Minolta’s above average commitment to environmental and social issues.

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2011, April - Konica Minolta Included in FTSE4Good Global Index for Eighth Consecutive Year

The FTSE4Good Global is provided by FTSE, an independent company jointly owned by The Financial Times and London Stock Exchange Group.

Corporations around the world are evaluated on criteria such as environment, social and corporate governance and only those which meet strict standards are included in the index to be supplied as selection reference for investors and SRI funds with extensive interest in CSR and sustainability performance.

2011, March - Konica Minolta MFPs Certified by Hong Kong Green Label Scheme

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (HK) Ltd. has been certified by Hong Kong Green Label Scheme (HKGLS) for its three multi-functional peripherals bizhub C360, bizhub C280 and bizhub C220.

The Hong Kong Green Label Scheme is an environmental certification organized by the Green Council of Hong Kong. The strict criteria for certification include not only reduction of toxic materials but also important considerations to the environment throughout multiple stages of the product life cycle.

2011, March - Konica Minolta is awarded with SAM Silver Class for the Second Consecutive Year

Konica Minolta regards corporate social responsibility (CSR) as corporate management itself and aims at pursuing and creating new “values” sought by the society. For the second year in a row, the company’s group-wide efforts, including mid to long-term initiatives to reduce environmental impact and strengthening corporate governance, have received global recognition as a leading company that contributes to sustainable earth and society.

2011, February - Konica Minolta is the most sustainable company in the image information industry

Konica Minolta is the highest-ranked provider of image information products, coming 70th on this year’s independent Global 100 Corporate Sustainability Benchmark list.

Corporate Knights, the magazine for clean capitalism, has in cooperation with its partners published the annual Global 100 list since 2005. Global 100 analyses a number of companies and their activities based on environmental, social governance and financial data. The Top 100 are companies that have been selected via multiple layers of a review process from an initial approximately 3,500 candidates. So the Global 100 rating reflects Konica Minolta’s efforts to take social and environmental care – especially since it formulated its Eco Vision 2050 in January 2009.

2011, February - Sustainable plastics

Konica Minolta developed a proprietary recycled PET-based polymer alloy using a leading-edge chemical processing technology as an environmentally considerate material. The bizhub 552 and the bizhub 652 are the first devices containing the two sustainable plastics: the new polymer alloy recycled PET and plant-based bioplastic.

2011 January -bizhub 363 – BLI Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency

The Konica Minolta bizhub 363 offers very low energy consumption rates in its non‐running modes, while not compromising on productivity. This is why it captured the attention of BLI’s editors and received the “Outstanding Achievement” award for energy efficiency in the A3/Ledger MFP category. This results in an estimated annual energy saving of 57% over the average of tested devices.

2010 Simitri toner with biomass celebrates its 10th anniversary

Until January 2010 a total of approximately 30,000 tons of Simitri and Simitri HD toners have been supplied worldwide, of which approximately 9% or 2,700 tons are plant-based resources which have replaced petroleum-based resources. Therefore, the amount of CO2 emitted when burning used documents will result in a reduction of approximately 8,400 tons* of CO2.

*) For petroleum-based polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) waxes, 3.127 kg of CO2 is emitted for every 1 kg burned (source: “2002 Guidelines for Calculation Method of Greenhouse Gas Emissions” by the Japan Ministry of the Environment). Therefore, 2,700 tons of plant-based resources (x 3.127) represent some 8,400 tons less emitted CO2.

2010 bizhub C452 – BLI Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency

Thanks to its significantly lower than average projected annual energy consumption, the bizhub C452 receives the independent American test institute BLI’s (Buyers’ Laboratory Inc.) Outstanding Achievement award as one of the most energy-efficient models tested in 2010.

2009 December – COP15

As one of the major sponsors of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Denmark, Konica Minolta provides the essential printing infrastructure for the delegates from 180 nations: Konica Minolta Business Solutions Denmark a/s is the cooperating sponsor of the Fifteenth Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP15).

2008 United Nations Global Compact

Konica Minolta signs the United Nations Global Compact in December 2008. The Global Compact identifies ten universal principles on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.

2008 Improving distribution routes and systems

Konica Minolta reduces CO2 emissions from its distribution processes by proactively restructuring its logistics facilities around the world. In June 2008 two logistics centres, one in Germany for MFPs and the other in Belgium for printers, are consolidated at a new location in Emmerich, Germany, to serve all of Europe.


The Emmerich location was chosen because after arrival by vessel in Rotterdam the goods can continue their journey via inland waterways, avoiding road transport altogether. The central European location also reduces transport times and distances to our customers.

 

2007 bizhub C650/C550 win the Energy Conservation Grand Prize

bizhub C650/C550 win Japan’s 2007 Energy Conservation Grand Prize.

2007 Induction Heating (IH) fusing technology

Konica Minolta launches the first MFP with Induction Heating (IH) fusing technology. As the first product in the industry, the bizhub C550 is equipped with this energy-efficient fusing unit. Heating the fusing unit by applying induction heating shortens the warm-up time, remarkably reducing energy consumption.

2004 Introduction of CSRC – CS Remote Care

CS Remote Care provides an interactive information exchange between customers’ devices and our service management system whenever high quality maintenance support is required. The Konica Minolta system communicates directly with the relevant Konica Minolta service centre, e.g. via email. Before an onsite visit our technicians usually already know how to solve the problem at the system – this optimises onsite visits and avoids them in many cases, thus helping to reduce the CO2 emissions of our car fleet.

2003 First digital multifunctional device certified by Germany’s “Blue Angel” environmental labelling system

In December 2003, our “DiALTA Di3510” and “DiALTA Di3510f” become the world’s first digital multifunctional devices certified by Germany’s “Blue Angel” environmental labelling system.

2002 Start of production of Simitri colour toner

Following the production of monochrome Simitri toner since the year 2000, Konica Minolta introduces polymerised toner for the “missing” colours cyan, magenta and yellow in 2002. From the start of production, all 4 toner colours contain plant-based resources to help protect the environment.

2001 Clean Planet Program

Konica Minolta creates the Konica Minolta Clean Planet recycling program as a contribution to reduce environmental impact. The program provides owners of magicolor and pagepro products with the possibility to dispose of waste toner and empty toner cartridges for free.

2000 First manufacturer to introduce polymerised toner for use in a monochrome MFP

Konica Minolta begins to manufacture its original polymerised Simitri toner in December 2000, and becomes the first supplier in the world to introduce polymerised toner for use in a monochrome MFP.  This toner is eco-friendly in its production because approximately 9% of its resources are plant-based.

1995 Konica Minolta joins the Responsible Care Initiative

The concept of Responsible Care comprises voluntary measures to ensure safety, health and environmental protection with respect to chemical substances throughout a product’s entire life cycle. Konica Minolta has been an active member of the Japan Responsible Care Council since this organisation was founded in 1995.

1992 First Blue Angel mark for copiers worldwide

Konica Minolta receives the world’s first Blue Angel certification in the field of copiers in January 1992.

1984 Implementation of organic photoconductive drums (OPC)

Konica Minolta begins using organic photoconductive drums (OPC) that are non-toxic. The organic surface is extremely light sensitive, non-toxic and consequently not harmful to the human health. Contrary to OPC conductors, selenium and its compounds have toxic properties.

1980 Launch of the first Konica Minolta copier with toner recycling system

Konica Minolta launches the EP-310 as the first copier equipped with a toner recycling system, which collects, recycles and reuses the toner that is not fused to the paper during the printing process.