Green Recycling Initiative

Green Initiative

Components for Sustainable Services

Commitment Toward a Sustainable Society

As a global citizen, RICOH® is highly recognized for environmental conservation. We incorporate our environmental responsibilities into group-wide efforts in environmental conservation activities, which we believe to be as significant as our business operations. To achieve a sustainable society, it is necessary to limit environmental impact to a level that fits within the Earth’s self-recovery capabilities. Therefore, Ricoh’s sustainable environmental management focuses on four pillars: energy conservation, resource conservation and recycling, pollution prevention, and biodiversity conservation. The first three pillars aim to reduce environmental impact from our business activities, while the fourth pillar aims to improve the Earth’s self-recovery capabilities. Ricoh’s commitment to environmental conservation was woven into the DNA of our manufacturing, logistics, product use and final disposal process since 1976. Through technological innovations and collaborative efforts with suppliers, Ricoh has made tremendous strides in energy conservation, global warming and pollution prevention, resource conservation and recycling. For example, based upon using our business activities of the year 2000 as a baseline, the goal is to reduce our energy environmental impact of CO2 emissions by 87.5% before the year 2050, with an interim goal of a 30% reduction by 2020. We tackle this challenge holistically. Based on the life-cycle assessment of our imaging devices, over 75% of the environmental impact comes when devices are in use — from electricity and paper. This is where Ricoh’s technology meets the challenge. Our design philosophy is “practical” environmental performance; to reduce our overall environmental impact without sacrificing business productivity. We achieve this goal through the use of transparent and seamless technology and software applications, while building a strong partnership with our customers.

Environmental Corporate Social Responsibility

RICOH® is committed to making a meaningful contribution to the creation of a sustainable society. As part of these efforts, Ricoh has instituted initiatives to improve the Earth’s self-recovery capabilities since March, 2009. Through a partnership with Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), Ricoh developed an eco-system conservation program at our West Caldwell, NJ location. We believe that our biodiversity conservation activities with the WHC not only provide vital benefits to wildlife but also raise environmental awareness. These efforts help to improve the selfrecovery capabilities of the global environment. To coincide with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Environment Day, we initiated “Ricoh Global Eco-Action Day” with the theme “Think and Act.” Every year on June 5, since 2006, all members of the Ricoh Group worldwide are encouraged to think about the global environment, take environmental actions, and improve their environmental awareness. In addition, all lights on Ricoh’s billboards and signage are turned off on that day, with the exception of Ricoh’s 100% solar and wind powered billboards in New York, London, and Sydney.

TCO Fullview

RICOH® utilizes a proprietary system — TCO Fullview, a Webbased Total Cost of Ownership software comparison tool that provides an in-depth report that identifies existing document output and current imaging expenditures. One of the key features of Ricoh’s TCO Fullview Tool software is the Green View Report. In today’s environmentally conscious society, many organizations strive to be good corporate citizens by reducing their environmental impact and limiting their carbon footprint. Electricity and paper consumption related to document output and document imaging can produce a substantial amount of carbon usage. The Green View Report creates a baseline that illustrates the advantages of Ricoh’s technologically advanced energy efficient devices over existing equipment. This report provides you with the knowledge to make an informed decision when purchasing equipment that helps reduce your carbon footprint while reducing costs. Many organizations struggle to identify existing document output and imaging expenditures. When inefficiently managed, these expenditures can significantly impact an organization’s budget. TCO Fullview Offers: Comprehensive document-related activities Mapping or status of hardware assets Data regarding total print, copy, fax and outsourced document volumes Knowledge of user practices and their corresponding financial and environmental impact The TCO Fullview Tool software provides a clear accounting of your organization’s current usage.

Green Manufacturing

At every RICOH® manufacturing plant, sustainable environmental management is promoted within the framework of an international standard: ISO 14001. It is the primary standard that offers certification to organizations of all types and sizes who develop their own Environmental Management System. ISO 14001 not only certifies compliance with environmental laws and regulations — it forces businesses to take a hard look at all areas in which they impact the environment. By certifying its Environmental Management System under ISO 14001, Ricoh has committed its manufacturing operations, at every level, to develop a systematic approach to implement, maintain, and constantly improve their own environmental practices. What This Means to You To our customers, this commitment translates into energy conservation, increased productivity, and the minimization and proper disposal of waste along with obsolete, end-of-life equipment. Today, all stakeholders are taking a more proactive role in requiring corporations to utilize sound, environmentally sustainable business practices; Ricoh, as a leader in its industry, is showing others the way.

Green Mode Activated

According to the RICOH® life-cycle-analysis of imaging equipment, more than 75% of environmental impact is generated from the electricity and paper consumed while the device is in use. Ricoh has made great strides in reducing its environmental impact for each of its production processes (including product development, manufacturing and recycling); however, it is also important to identify and communicate to our customers how we can work together to reduce these impacts. Ricoh has developed the Green Mode Activated program that not only identifies the built-in energy and paper saving functions standard in our products, but also reaches out to the end-users to communicate their company’s commitment to reduce their carbon footprint by maintaining the products’ default settings. At the same time, it gives us an opportunity to overcome the erroneous perception that green technologies compromise office productivity. The program conveys the competitive advantages of Ricoh’s energy and resource saving technologies while maintaining optimum productivity at the end-user level. It encourages customers to help reduce their company’s carbon footprints through the smart use of functions such as Energy Saving mode, Auto-Off mode, and Default Duplex mode. The program provides an easy transition into Managed Document Services selling by focusing on reduced costs and improved workflow.

User-Smart Eco Design

RICOH® designs imaging devices with features that measurably help the environment by providing low Typical Electricity Consumption or TEC. Many Ricoh devices deliver superior energy performance by adopting unique technologies and features such as Quick Start-Up (QSU), energy efficient toner and low sleep mode electricity consumption. The Eco-night Sensor allows users to program automatic startup or shutdown based on ambient light. The Weekly Timer allows users to set specific days and times for devices to power on or off or enter sleep mode; the imaging equipment is designed to allow background programs to operate unaffected. To conserve paper, the print driver is automatically set to print in duplex mode. Ricoh has been a strong supporter of ENERGY STAR and we strive for “practical” energy performance to achieve the ENERGY STAR qualification while maintaining ease of use attributes. ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment program establishes a baseline for energy performance levels, identifying products that meet the requirements to be ENERGY STAR qualified. Virtually all imaging devices come with some energy saving features, however, if these features cause user inconvenience (i.e. longer wait), they will not only be under-utilized, but will often be disabled by the user, causing increased energy consumption. Ricoh’s design philosophy enables such features to be “transparent” to customers while reducing recovery time in order to maximize business productivity. Practical energy efficiency is an indispensable technology that we offer our customers for today’s fast-moving workplace.

Eco-Smart Document Services

Successfully managed document services start by addressing your needs and priorities. RICOH® has designed its Managed Document Services (MDS) program to help alleviate inefficiencies and bring improvement to those areas that matter most. Our Managed Document Services provide the right information, at the right time, in the right form. These services relieve customers from the burden of managing their printing and other document-related tasks, allowing them to reduce costs and improve productivity and efficiency. Specifically, we design, build and implement the optimal information infrastructure and workflow for the document related processes that your business requires. Document management is one of the many features of Ricoh’ s MDS — cost control, information security governance, effective business process operation, high employee productivity, information asset management issues and sustainable management, are all key components. Process Improvements for the Environment A Ricoh MDS Environmental Sustainability Design will recommend an implementation plan — a roadmap that supports your environmental initiatives. Ricoh MDS provides a baseline Environmental Impact Analysis that can include electricity/paper consumption and its associated CO2 footprint, plus user and departmental document process behaviors. The benefit of this analysis is that it provides a greater understanding of the environmental impact of your current state, the fiscal impact of your present operating procedures and document management processes, and the savings that could be realized through a Ricoh MDS plan.

Environment Health and Safety

As a global citizen, RICOH® supports and complies with local, national and international initiatives as they apply to areas such as: regulatory, compliance and environmental sustainability. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) provide the public, workers, and emergency personnel with the proper procedures for handling or working with a particular substance or mixture. SDS include information such as the properties of each component; the physical, health, and environmental health hazards; protective measures; and safety precautions for handling, storing and transporting the components. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard requires that the manufacturer, distributor or importer makes SDS available to downstream users. SDS are provided to assist customers in managing their health, safety and environmental responsibilities.

Greening Your Office

The @Remote Green Report is the latest enhancement to the RICOH® @Remote Product Suite. Ricoh’s @Remote Green Report is a powerful reporting tool that monitors our devices’ power management modes, as well as duplex printing and copying volume, allowing businesses to evaluate their environmental impact reduction activity in real-time. @Remote Green Reports allow businesses to monitor, assess and report imaging fleet performance and employee printing trends, in support of internal sustainability and/or cost reduction goals. With @Remote Green Reports, users can track the month-to-month trends in energy and paper consumption of their managed Ricoh @Remote compatible document output devices. This allows users to monitor fleet performance and the possible environmental impact that device usage operations have on areas like carbon footprint. The @Remote Green Report is an important tool in Ricoh’s robust Managed Document Services (MDS) program, which focuses on total cost of ownership, business process improvement, security and compliance, and environmental sustainability. Beyond conducting assessments, implementing solutions and providing on-site and off-site fleet management, our MDS program uses a change-management approach to help customers change their document output practices across their organization to streamline processes and cut costs.

Eco-Responsible Procurement

RICOH® is an active participant in numerous industry organizations and associations that help in establishing standards that are beneficial for the imaging equipment industry and our customers. Ricoh is a charter member of the EPEAT® (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) progr am — a comprehensive environmental procurement standard (IEEE 1680.2) for imaging equipment that helps customers identify greener products through the rating of various environmental attributes, such as: energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor air quality, and various takeback programs. Established in January 2013, the EPEAT for Imaging Equipment Program showcases products with a wide array of environmental performances, making it easier for purchasers to select products meeting their unique green procurement requirements. Based on the number of optional criteria earned, EPEAT increases the r ank of Bronze products to Silver or Gold — the highest tier, meeting over 75% of optional criteria. Ricoh was one of the first companies to achieve Gold status for imaging equipment products. By engaging in EPEAT, Ricoh is further enhancing its complete portfolio of products and services to better manage and reduce environmental impact and cost, while improving productivity for our customers and creating shared value for our society. For the latest EPEAT registered product list, please visit

Consumable & Parts End-of-Life Take Back Opportunities

RICOH® recommends that our customers utilize their local recycling resources whenever possible to reduce environmental impact and encourage recycling of end-of-life equipment and supplies. If local recycling is not available, our Toner Cartridge/Container/Maintenance Kit Return Program makes returning the items easy by simply reusing the replacement cartridge box, as a return package. There are several methods used for returning consumable items depending on the type of item and the customer’s preferences: Customer provided cartons Ricoh collection box programs Free of charge Web printable shipping labels Pre-Paid Label (in box) Ricoh offers our customers a recycling program for all parts/components that came from the servicing of their Ricoh product. The customer is responsible for the packaging and shipping costs to return the parts to Ricoh’s certified recycler. Ricoh will absorb the cost to process returned material that is shipped to our specified recycling vendor. Please visit for details on all the programs.

Equipment End-of-Life Take Back Opportunities

In keeping with its long-standing practice of responsible environmental stewardship, RICOH® offers customers convenient recycling options for the following products: The Ricoh Nationwide Desktop Printer/Camera/Projector End-Of-Life Recycling Program is free and easy to use. The program operates in accordance with all 50 states’ recycling laws, as applicable, and utilizes R2 certified recycling vendors. Ricoh also has a program for secure hard drive destruction tailored to the needs of our customers. For those customers recycling the larger floor standing imaging equipment, the customer is responsible for shipping arrangements and the payment of shipping costs to transport their imaging equipment to our specified R2 recycling location. Ricoh will contribute by absorbing the demanufacturing cost. Please visit for details on equipment end-of-life take back programs.

Environmental Honors and Programs

Ricoh’s business philosophy has not gone unnoticed. We’ve been widely recognized for putting environmental principles into action. The following is a summary of the major awards and recognition Ricoh has received as of February 2016: BLI Winter Picks 2016 Energy Efficiency Ricoh’s MP C306 and SP 4510SF models were awarded Buyers Lab LLC most energy-efficient devices tested in the past six months, for models which exhibited significantly lower than average energy consumption. A3 MFP Line of the Year for Energy Efficiency Buyers Laboratory LLC awarded Ricoh the A3 MFP Line of the Year for Energy Efficiency (2015). Silver Class Recognition in Sustainability RobecoSAM has recognized Ricoh for outstanding efforts in sustainability with a Silver Class rating (2016-2015). Prime Status of Sustainability Ricoh Company, Ltd. has been awarded the “Prime” status of Sustainability rating by the German company Oekom Research AG (2015). ENERGY STAR Excellence in Energy Efficient Product Design Award (2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Ricoh Americas Corporation a 2014 ENERGY STAR Award winner for Excellence in Energy Efficient Product Design for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by designing energy efficient products and educating consumers about energy efficiency. Leading Company in Climate Change Disclosure Ricoh Company, Ltd. has been recognized as an outstanding company in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for the high-quality climate change data it has disclosed to stakeholders, including investors, through CDP, the international NGO that drives sustainable economies (2015-2014). Gold Rating in EcoVadis Supplier Survey Ricoh Company, Ltd. received the highest gold rating in a sustainability survey conducted by EcoVadis (2016-2014). Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, given by Corporate Knights, Inc. Listed among the 100 most sustainable corporations in the world for ten consecutive years (2014-2005). Green Excellence in Partnership Award (2015, 2013) The Coalition for Government Procurement has awarded Ricoh Americas Corporation a 2013 Green Excellence in Partnership award for leading the imaging industry with energy efficient equipment, effective sustainability services, and decades of contributions to green procurement. Ricoh Company, Ltd. has been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) and has obtained the industry best score in three categories: Innovation Management, Product Stewardship and Digital Inclusion. Ricoh was recognized as a leader in the Computer & Peripherals and Office Electronics industries (2015-2013). World’s Most Ethical Companies, named by Ethisphere Institute Selected among the world’s most ethical companies (2015, 2013-2009). Pollinator Advocate Award 2015 from the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) and WHC (2015). FTSE4GOOD* Global Index recognized by FTSE The FTSE4Good Global Index Series has been designed to objectively measure the performance of companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards. Ricoh Company, Ltd. has been recognized for eleven consecutive years (2014-2004). World Environment Center (WEC), 19th Gold Medal Award in 2003 Since 1985, WEC gives its annual Gold Medal Award to one international corporation for their corporate achievement in sustainable development. Ricoh is one of 31 Gold Medal companies for 2015-1985. *FTSE4Good Financial Times Stock Exchange for Good Global Index, as one of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) indexes. For more information, email us at

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