RICOH CONTRIBUTES TO THE NATIONAL FOREST FOUNDATION
Funds Will Be Allocated to California Post-Fire Reforestation Effort
West Caldwell, NJ, April 22, 2008 - Ricoh Americas Corporation announced today that it has contributed $10,000 to the National Forest Foundation (NFF), for the post-fire reforestation in California, specifically in the San Bernardino National Forest. The National Forest Foundation is the nation’s only conservation organization dedicated to addressing the issues facing National Forests.
The goal of the National Forest Foundation is to raise $250,000 intended solely for the reforestation of San Bernardino National Forest. This focused effort is due to the wildfires that raged through and destroyed much of the region in October 2007. Ricoh’s contribution, which enhances its longstanding commitment to forest ecosystem conservation, will be leveraged in conjunction with all funds raised through this initiative.
“Making a contribution to help support the National Forest Foundation is a natural fit for Ricoh since it aligns with our corporate vision of conserving natural resources and being effective ambassadors for the environment,” said Kirk Yoshida, Chairman & CEO, Ricoh Americas Corporation.
The seedlings for this project are now being harvested in a Forest Service Greenhouse in preparation for a spring 2009 planting. Ultimately, these new trees will restore habitat for sensitive and endangered species, help improve water quality in the San Jacinto Basin, and store carbon to ameliorate the effects of climate change.
As a global citizen, Ricoh has a longstanding commitment to promoting a sustainable society where environmental impact is limited to a level within the Earth’s self-recovery capabilities. Key to this effort is engaging in global conservation activities, in partnership with organizations and local communities that balance the vital ecosystem with particular emphasis on forest conservation initiatives. Since 1999, Ricoh has invested in more than a dozen forest conservation projects in countries such as Bangladesh, Russia, Malaysia, Mexico, Japan and the United States.
About Ricoh Americas Corporation
Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 72-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2006 sales in excess of $17 billion, a 8.4 percent increase over the previous year.
Ricoh Americas Corporation is an industry leader in creating innovate products and management processes that promote sustainability. As the Total Green Office Solution provider, Ricoh offers products, services and document management solutions that promote energy efficiency, pollution prevention, waste reduction and resource recycling. In early 2008, Corporate Knights Inc. of Canada named Ricoh one of the “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” for the fourth consecutive year.
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