Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), one of the most prestigious global indices of ESG investment, for eight years in a row. Konica Minolta has also been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific) for 11 consecutive years. Among all the companies in the Computer & Peripherals and Office Electronics sector, Konica Minolta has been ranked first in the social dimension for the second consecutive year, and received the second highest score in total.
Konica Minolta’s Approach towards the SDGs
1. Creating new values based on the concept of “B to B to P for P”
While Konica Minolta has been creating new values to promote B to B operation, the beneficiaries of such values are professionals working in its client companies. Konica Minolta believes that supporting workflow reforms at the places where these professionals work will help improve productivity and quality of work, and thus contribute to making the lives of end users more convenient and efficient, and eventually accelerate the evolution of society.
To promote business activities based on this concept, it is necessary to first gain an insight into challenges implicit in society and then develop strategies through the backward planning approach. The SDGs are critical to this approach. The entire Konica Minolta Group is working to become a digital company with insight into implicit challenges to create new values that will help society achieve the SDGs.
2. Developing a corporate strategy to contribute to a sustainable society
Currently, Konica Minolta is developing a sustainability strategy as part of its business plan for the next term by establishing a vision of the world and society to be realised by 2030 and beyond and then analysing how the company can achieve the vision, what actions to take, how those actions should be taken, and by when.
In developing its sustainability strategy, Konica Minolta recognises that by working for the sustainability of society, the company can also improve its own sustainability. Accordingly, Konica Minolta is committed to developing innovations that serve the dual purposes of creating new values for the global environment and society, and accelerating its business growth.
About DJSI World
The DJSI World is the first global index to track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide and is provided by RobecoSAM, the Switzerland-based sustainability investment company, and S&P Dow Jones Indices in the U.S. It assesses corporate sustainability from economic, environmental and social developments. The index is highly recognised among global institutional investors who take a close look at ESG management and sustainability. In the annual review of the 2,500 largest companies, 318 companies have been listed on the DJSI World and, within the list, 33 are Japanese companies including Konica Minolta.
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. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, ‘IDC MarketScape: Western Europe Smart Multifunctional Peripheral 2018 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leading smart MFP provider of note’. As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa (InfoSource). In the healthcare sector, Konica Minolta drives digitalisation of clinical workflows and offers a broad range of next-level diagnostic solutions. Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its solutions that combine ‘smart service with smart technology’, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Outstanding Serviceability 2018/2019’ 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 almost 10,300 employees (as of April 2019), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.39 billion in financial year 2018/19.
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