Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada), Ltd.
Date Posted: February 8, 2011
Social and Environmental Efforts Receive Global Recognition
Mississauga, ON – February 8, 2011 – - Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, today announced that parent company - Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. - has been listed among "2011 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World" ("Global 100"), a global list of corporations that excel in sustainability.
Corporate Knights, the magazine for clean capitalism, in cooperation with its partners has announced the annual Global 100 list since 2005. Focusing on sustainability of corporations, the Global 100 analyzes a number of companies and their activities on a global scale based on environmental, social, governance and financial data. After multiple layers of a strict review process, the Global 100 were selected from approximately 3,500 corporations around the globe.
Toby Heaps, Editor-in-Chief of Corporate Knights Magazine, says, "The Global 100 are charting out a new prosperity agenda reconciling the megatrend of sustainability with the mega-institution of the corporation. The kicker: sustainability can be a market-beating strategy, as the Global 100's substantial outperformance demonstrates."
Konica Minolta regards corporate social responsibility (CSR) as corporate management itself and globally promotes social sustainability activities in every way. For a recent example, Konica Minolta initiated its own "Green Factory Certification System" to assess comprehensive environmental consideration at production sites in January 2010. As many as five business units have already achieved their targets in CO2 emissions reduction in January 2011, when those targets are meant to be achieved by the end of March 2012.
"The Global 100 reflects Konica Minolta's group-wide commitment toward social and environmental consideration," says Grant Hume, Executive Vice President, Sales, Service and Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. He adds, "it's also a commitment we value in Canada and currently honour through our local initiatives including: EcoLogo™ certification for the majority of our devices; our support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation; our end-of-life recycling program; as well as our Clean Planet toner and consumable recycling program, which will soon be enhanced and expanded to include high-volume collection of consumables for recycling."
Besides the Global 100, Konica Minolta has been ranked in the SAM Silver Class of the sustainability rating by the Switzerland-based SAM Group, and included in Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index by Dow Jones and SAM Group, FTSE4Good Global Index of the UK-based FTSE Group and the Japan-based Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index.
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