Konica Minolta awarded first place for environmental activities in Japanese Nikkei Environmental Management Survey

| 9 February 2015

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that it was ranked first place in the overall manufacturing sector in the 18th Environmental Management Survey conducted by Nikkei Inc. for its strategic environmental commitment. The renowned annual survey assesses environmental management of Japanese companies and recognizes initiatives toward sustainability in terms of both environment and business management.

In the 18th Nikkei Environmental Management Survey for companies, which is conducted annually by Nikkei Inc., Konica Minolta was ranked No. 1 in the overall manufacturing sector. The ranking recognizes Konica Minolta’s guiding principle to create new values and innovations vital to society. The survey, which consists of 200 detailed questions, involved 419 companies to evaluate the balance between environmental management and corporate strategy in the areas Environmental Management System and Organisation, Pollution Abatement & Biodiversity Measures, Resource Circulation, Product Ecology and Global Warming Reduction.

"The Nikkei ranking result recognizes the strong environmental commitments Konica Minolta has made under the "Eco Vision 2050" and beyond, which we have been working on for the past few years. We will maintain our efforts in all the countries where we operate, and continue to aim for the realization of sustainable technology and services", says Olaf Lorenz, General Manager for the International Marketing Division of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe.

Konica Minolta has been developing comprehensive environmental initiatives, including environmental management policies that combine reduction of environmental impact and growth in corporate value, as well as plans to increase the annual sales ratio of environmentally friendly products (Green Products).

Contemporary Environmental Management

As a global company, Konica Minolta shares the growing consensus that accountability for contributions to climate change is a business imperative. That is why it launched a new medium-term Environmental Plan for 2016 last year, which is included in the Eco Vision 2050, a set of long-term aims that include preventing global warming, promoting the recycling of resources and preserving biodiversity. There are three green activities at the centre of the medium-term plan: Green Products (planning and development); Green Factories (procurement and production); and Green Marketing (distribution, sales & service, and collection & recycling).

Worldwide Commitment: Best Practice provider for customers and suppliers

At Konica Minolta, energy-saving and resource-saving initiatives are very important, not only for reducing carbon emissions but also for enhancing its competitive edge through measures such as cutting down production costs and material use. Since last year, the Konica Minolta Group has been transplanting environmental good practices from its own factories to its suppliers' factories in China so that the suppliers will benefit in reducing environmental impact and strengthening their competitive advantages.

For additional information on Konica Minolta’s environmental activities, please visit www.konicaminolta.com/about/csr/environment/


Product images are available at www.konicaminolta-images.eu

Terms and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.