Social innovation: For a social betterment
Digitilisation has the potential of a "game changer" for a social betterment. It represents the chance to improve processes, services and products so that negative impacts on our ecosystem and society can be reduced. Konica Minolta is convinced that social innovation and digital technology should serve humanity and the planet. With its innovative capacity the company supports society to tackle social challenges at a scale and speed that was unimaginable before the rise of the digital technologies. Thus, Konica Minolta is committed to use of innovative capacity and digital technologies for the realisation of the UN Sustainable Developments Goals by 2030.
Konica Minolta has, for example, realised projects such as:
- Promotes new business development through core technologies and open innovation
- Promotes business development at the company’s five Business Innovation Centers (BICs)
- Incorporates state-of-the-art digital technologies into its core technologies
- Supports corporate work-style reform
- Uses digital technology to reduce the environmental impact of commercial printing
Digital pollution: Minimising the quantity
Konica Minolta considers the negative impacts on the environment caused by the use of digital technologies. The company acknowledges the challenges associated with digitilisation such as digital pollution. One of the main forms of digital pollution is called ‘dormant pollution’, which is due to the storage of emails. It is a big contributor to climate change and every single person is contributing to it.
To minimise digital pollution Konica Minolta:
- Uses renewable energy
- Ensures smaert cooling of data centres
- Compensates unavoidable CO2 emissions
- Has a Circular Economy approach
Accessibility & digital inclusion: Digital technologies for everyone
Konica Minolta wants to make digital technology accessible to people no matter of their age, gender, and physical impairment and is committed to digital inclusion. Thus, it shall contribute to the wellbeing of our society.
To make digital technologies accessible and enable digital inclusion Konica Minolta:
Uses digital technologies in-house to enhance work-life-balance, such as solutions to allow mobile working for instance
Offers digital expertise for a social purpose, e.g. the partnership with The Big Issue, a UK street paper
Guarantees access for everyone with its Universal Design