Corporate Sustainability

Our Mission

The Creation of New Social and Economic Value. All our activities are based upon the Charter of Corporate Behavior. In this document, we explicitly commit to our responsibility not only to achieve growth, but also to meet our social responsibilities and contribute to broader society. 


Konica Minolta's Corporate Philosophy is based on this Charter, and guides the company's Sustainability activities with its Mission, "The Creation of New Value". We use creative ideas to deliver tangible new value in order to resolve the challenges faced by customers and society as a whole. In its Philosophy, Konica Minolta aims to establish itself as a company that is vital to society by continuing to create new value that brings innovation to the world. While factoring in social, environmental and economic targets, therefore, our Sustainable Mission is "The Creation of New Value for a Sustainable World".
 

Sustainability Goals

We aim to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Since the environment is a core stakeholder topic, moreover, the Eco Vision 2050, first formulated in 2009, is our long-term plan for achieving a sustainable future. This is based upon our Philosophy, and consists of three major goals:

 


An 80% reduction in CO2 emissions throughout the product life cycle by 2050 compared to fiscal levels in 2005




To promote recycling and efficient use of the Earth's limited resources;





Work to promote restoration and preservation of biodiversity.  

 


Policy

Based on our stakeholder dialogue and materiality analysis, the environment is a topic of central importance in Konica Minolta's activities. For this reason, we have defined a set of key environmental management principles, which are fixed in our European Environmental Policy. The Policy is in accordance with the Charter of Corporate Behavior and the Corporate Philosophy, including our Mission. These three items guide our sustainability activities, while the Policy includes the most concrete goals.

 

Compliance

As Konica Minolta understands it, 'compliance' is not just about obeying national and international laws, but also includes adherence to corporate ethics and internal corporate rules. The Konica Minolta Charter of Corporate Behaviour was created with this understanding in mind. It defines the principles that guide compliance for the entire Group, and is essential for Group governance. 

The Konica Minolta Group Guidance articulates Konica Minolta's commitment to acting in compliance with international social norms such as the United Nations Global Compact, to which the company (Konica Minolta, Inc.) is a signatory, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 
 

CSR-Related Principles, Charters and Norms that Konica Minolta endorses or observes:

  • United Nations Global Compact
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Japan Business Federation - "Charter of Corporate Behavior"
  • EICC Code of Conduct


CSR-Related Groups in which Konica Minolta participates:

  • Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)
  • Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI)
  • Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) Responsible Minerals Trade Working Group, Conflict-Free Sourcing Working Group

Moreover, we are compliant with European laws and regulations applying to our business. Following are mentioned some of them. 
 

Modern Slavery Act:

Pursuant to the United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act of 2010, Konica Minolta states that it has taken the measures to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of its supply chains and in any part of the business. More information in the transparency statement.
 

Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH):

EU regulatory framework that requires the registration and management of all chemical substances used in businesses in accordance with their conditions of use to ensure safe assessment of chemical substances. Konica Minolta is compliant.
 

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE):

EU Directive; in Europe, the company has adopted measures in conformity with the EU Directive WEEE on the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment and is compliant with this directive. 
 

Circular Economy Package:

Set of measures to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy, boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs. We take measures to support the achievement of the European circular economy goal. 
 

European Voluntary Agreement for Printers (EVAP): 

Voluntary agreement since 2011 that establishes a set of targets to be met for all products sold on the EU market. Requirements for energy-efficiency and duplexing availability must be met by at least 90% of products sold. Also the agreement aims to reduce the environmental footprint of imaging equipment – both by design and by helping customers make informed choices during purchase and usage of the equipment. Konica Minolta is signatory to this agreement.
 

Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS):

EU Directive that restricts (with exceptions) the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment. Konica Minolta is compliant with the RoHS Directive.
 

Eco Design Directive:

EU Directive that provides consistent EU-wide rules for improving the environmental performance of products. Konica Minolta is compliant with the relevant Eco Design Directives.
 

Battery Directive:

EU Directive that regulates the manufacture and disposal of batteries in the European Union with the aim of improving the environmental performance of batteries and accumulators. Konica Minolta is compliant.
 


 

Responsible Product Life Cycle & Supply Chain


Konica Minolta is committed to reducing environmental impact throughout the product life cycle
Konica Minolta is committed to reducing environmental impact throughout the product life cycle, from planning and development to procurement and production, distribution, sales and service, collection and recycling. All stages in the product life cycle are carefully monitored using analyses of general input and output, energy and resource efficiency, recycling and waste prevention, and are compliant with all relevant environmental and safety regulations.

Konica Minolta is committed to sustainability throughout the supply chain
We are not just committed to meeting its responsibilities directly, in terms of its own products' and services' immediate environmental impact. It is also committed to sustainability right along the supply chain, based on relationships of trust with its suppliers. Konica Minolta requires its business partners to consider labour issues (human rights), ethics, the environment, safety and health in their business operations. The Group is also taking steps to address conflict mineral issues, by seeking to prevent violations of human rights in conflict areas from which mineral resources used in its products are sourced.

 

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Certifications, Ratings & Rankings

The Environmental Management System of Konica Minolta Europe is certified according to the international norm ISO 14001:2015. This demonstrates our ambitious goals for reducing negative environmental impact. 

Konica Minolta, Inc. has also earned praise internationally for its commitment to sustainability, evaluated by external parties. 

The company has been included in the following prominent investment indices:


 




July 2018: Included in FTSE4Good Index consecutively since 2003, and the FTSE Blossom Japan Index since its establishment in 2017


July 2018: Included in consecutive MSCI ESG Leaders indices since 2010


January 2018: Included in Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index


September 2017: Included in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

The company has been evaluated by the following international CSR Rating Agencies:​


 




July 2018: Prime Status by the Germany-based ISS-oekom (formerly oekom research AG)



March 2018: Selected for investment universe of Ethibel Pioneer and Ethibel Excellence



February 2018: Ranked Gold Class 2018 for Corporate Sustainability by RobecoSAM

 



October 2017: Selected as a Climate A List company, highest rating of CDP



Level Recognition Medal in EcoVadis 2017 sustainability ratings

Labels

Konica Minolta sets industry standards worldwide in the field of environmental protection. The company's certification actually goes further than required in many cases – as shown by its label certification.
These labels include: 
 

  • Blue Angel: A reliable guide to environmentally safe purchasing. Konica Minolta systems were the world's first laser-based copier systems ever to be awarded this certification, in 1992. Nearly all office devices currently sold in Germany now carry the label. All devices, including those sold outside Germany, meet the strict requirements of the German label.


 
  • ENERGY STAR: International standard for energy-efficient consumer products; a product's TEC (Typical Electricity Consumption) value is a key criterion for low energy consumption. All Konica Minolta's office systems and nearly all its production printing systems are qualified in this respect.
 
 
  • Food contact: Our toner is 100% harmless when brought into contact with food. Thanks to the environmentally-friendly properties of Simitri toner, TÜV Rhineland has recognised it as 100% harmless when in contact with food. This food safety certification creates new opportunities for use, including food packaging and food label printing.


For further details of Konica Minolta’s corporate sustainability activities, please see the CSR Report.

 

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