Press release Konica Minolta is the most sustainable company in the image information industry Langenhagen, Germany, February 2011 In 2004, greenhouse gas emissions totalled 7.66 tonnes of CO2 per person per year (pppy). * The amount of greenhouse gas the Earth can absorb naturally is thought to be 1.24 tonnes of CO2 pppy, which corresponds to a reduction of about 80% in current annual per capita emissions. Based on these estimates, Konica Minolta has set itself a target of reducing emission by this amount throughout its product lifecycles by the year 2050. This ambitious effort has now been rewarded. Konica Minolta is the highest-ranked provider of image information products, coming 70th on this year’s independent Global 100 Corporate Sustainability Benchmark list. “This is really great news. Our ongoing effort to reduce emissions, promote recycling and advance restoration, conservation and biodiversity throughout the entire product lifecycle has already paid off”, says Olaf Lorenz, General Manager International Marketing Division at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe. “With its Global 100 rating, Konica Minolta is proud to call itself the most sustainable provider of image information products. We are the highest-ranked company in our industry.” Corporate Knights, the magazine for clean capitalism, has in cooperation with its partners published the annual Global 100 list since 2005. Global 100 analyses a number of companies and their activities based on environmental, social governance and financial data. The Top 100 are companies that have been selected via multiple layers of a review process from an initial approximately 3,500 candidates. So the Global 100 rating reflects Konica Minolta’s efforts to take social and environmental care – especially since it formulated its Eco Vision 2050 in January 2009. *
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Konica Minolta’s long-term environmental vision states that it aims to achieve certain goals by the year 2050 and to fulfil its responsibility as a global corporation. In January 2011 the group introduced the new Green Factory Certification System to assess the extent to which environmental considerations are taken into account at its production sites. As many as five business units achieved their CO2 emissions reduction targets that same month – targets that were intended to be achieved by end of March 2012. Previously, Konica Minolta operated a production site certification system with two levels of attainment criteria for reducing waste, focusing on the objective of supporting a recycling-oriented society. Each factory attaining those criteria can be certified as a Zero Waste Factory. In 2009, all group production sites worldwide have achieved level 2. The independent Canadian media company Corporate Knights initiated the Global 100 list in 2005. In 2010, Corporate Knights together with its three strategic partners named the 100 most sustainable companies in the world. The Corporate Knights Global 100 team originally consisted of Inflection Point, a new sustainability-focused asset management venture, Global Currents Investment Management and Phoenix Global Advisors, a consulting and technology platform. Besides the Global 100, Konica Minolta has been ranked in the SAM Silver Class in the Switzerland-based SAM Group’s sustainability ratings. It is also included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index by Dow Jones and Sam Group, the FTSE4Good Global Index of the UK-based FTSE Group and the Japan-based Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index. In addition, Konica Minolta was selected as the main sponsor of copying and printing machines for the United Nations Climate Conference, COP15 (the 15th Conference of the Parties), held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from December 7 to 18, 2009. “Being listed as a Global 100 company leverages Konica Minolta’s public perception as a corporation that significantly contributes toward an eco-friendlier future for our planet and societies living on it,” Olaf Lorenz adds. “For customers, it underlines that Konica Minolta is always the right partner – not only in terms of technology and services but also when it comes to sustainability.”
Konica Minoltaâ€™s bizhub PRO C7000 uses Simitri HD polymerised toner. Compared with conventional pulverised toners, manufacturing Simitri HD toner requires less energy and contributes toward environmental conservation by reducing generation of CO2 by 40% and of the NOx and SOx that cause greenhouse gases and acid rain.
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc., Tokyo, Japan. The company delivers services and distributes products, systems and solutions that fulfil all the requirements of office and production printing over the entire document life cycle. Its product range extends from colour and monochrome multifunctional and production printing systems, laser printers and all-in-ones to management software that integrates devices seamlessly into work processes and IT environments. To support customers such as printing and industrial companies optimally with powerful and sustainable solutions, technology leader Konica Minolta continuously invests in research and development work and regularly sets new standards for the entire printing industry. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 50 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). With over 27,200 employees around the world, Konica Minolta Business Technologies earned net sales of over EUR 4.8 billion in financial year 2009/10. For further information about the company, visit www.konicaminolta.eu 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.
Contact Olaf Lorenz Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH Phone: +49 (0)511 7404-378 Olaf.Lorenz@konicaminolta.eu Heiko Willrett Ketchum Pleon GmbH Phone: +49 (0)711 21099-425 KonicaMinoltaTeam@ketchumpleon.com