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With bizhub ECO, Konica Minolta is launching a service that supports companies in achieving their sustainability targets. It is available with all current and future Konica Minolta colour multi functional peripherals (MFPs). The service package comes with a pre-set eco configuration of the device, carbon emission offsetting as well as cooperation with Treedom. Thanks to the collaboration with this social business, a tree is planted for each installation of bizhub ECO, benefitting not only the environment, but also supporting a social objective by promoting equal opportunities for women in a developing country.
bizhub ECO consists of three elements: in a first step, a Konica Minolta service expert optimises the settings of the purchased device for eco-friendliness, deleting blank pages for copy and scan jobs as well as enabling a toner save mode as standard, for example. Furthermore, bizhub ECO includes a carbon offsetting program for the device. The total emissions over the lifetime of each device is calculated, which are then offset through a certified carbon offset project. The third and most prominent element of bizhub ECO is the collaboration with the online platform Treedom. For every bizhub ECO service sold, a small-scale farmer plants one tree on her own land – the initiative focuses in particular on helping women to generate their own income and support their families by planting fruit trees in agroforestry systems. In addition, the customer acquires sponsorship of the tree. They can thus track the development of the plant online and communicate it to their customers or employees.
To underline their commitment to increasing their businesses’ sustainability towards relevant stakeholders, customers are provided with additional communication tools. These tools grant simple access to measures making their business more sustainable while keeping the organisational efforts for it manageable.
Improving both its own and its customers’ sustainability as well as creating value for society as a whole are key Konica Minolta targets. In January 2019 it joined RE100, committing to sourcing 100 per cent of their electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2050. This is in line with Konica Minolta’s long-term environmental target Eco Vision 2050, which was set up in 2009 aiming to reduce CO2 emissions by 80 percent by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.
Treedom is the only website in the world that allows its users to plant a tree and follow its story online. Every single tree is geo-localized, photographed and has its own online page. All specifically selected fruit and crop trees are planted directly by local farmers and bring environmental, social and financial benefits to their communities. Since its foundation in 2010 in Florence, more than 500,000 trees have been planted in Africa, South America and Italy. Thanks to its business model, in 2014 Treedom became part of the Certified B Corporations, a network of companies that stand out for high environmental and social performance.
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. With its unique expertise in imaging, data processing and data-based decision making, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers - small and medium-sized businesses, large enterprises and public sector - and solves issues faced by society.
As a digital workplace solution provider, Konica Minolta helps its clients to identify and unlock the potential digitalisation holds and reach the next level in the digital maturity of their organisation by rethinking the workplace. In support of an ‘Intelligent connected workplace’, Konica Minolta offers cloud, IT, managed print and video solution services for remote working, collaboration, workflow management and automation and security. The company’s success in driving transformation is also confirmed by IDC, since the ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leader in print transformation’. Konica Minolta has been a Microsoft Global Managed Partner since 2021.
Konica Minolta's Igniting Print Possibilities offering helps printers, converters and brand owners maximise workflow automation to increase efficiency. The company delivers consultancy in all communication matters as well as top-of-the-line production, packaging as well as label printers. Its finishing devices create print products that stand out and create added value. Konica Minolta has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource).
For an increasing number of organisations, success today is more than the narrow definition of financial prosperity – it also includes protecting the environment and having a positive impact on their workforce as well as the societies they are embedded in. With its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Konica Minolta has pledged to consistently pursue its sustainability and social responsibility goals.
The company has been repeatedly recognised for its rich history of social contribution as well as for working towards achieving the SDGs throughout its business and supply chain. Konica Minolta is listed among “2022 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” and received the highest level in EcoVadis Sustainability Ratings.
For its innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021’ from Keypoint Intelligence.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With approximately 8,700 employees (as of April 2022), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 1.9 billion in financial year 2021/2022.
Worldwide, the company has over 39,000 employees and is operating in over 150 countries.
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