Biodiversity — plants, animals and micro-organisms — all rely on each other, as well as the air, water and soil ecosystems. Both businesses and humans are negatively affected by biodiversity loss, and the risks of jeopardizing the health of our critical ecosystems are great.
At Ricoh, we support a sustainable society. This includes not only reducing our environmental impact, but working to conserve biodiversity and enhance ecosystems. We believe these activities will not only heal the present environment, but set the stage for future repair and recovery.
The following activities highlight Ricoh's commitment to supporting a sustainable society.
Protecting pollinators is one of the important aspects of biodiversity conservation. Native pollinators (like bees) help plants bear fruit — which provides food to other wildlife — and they increase the health of local ecosystems.
Thanks to WHC's support and our employee volunteers, our corporate land in West Caldwell, New Jersey is home to a pollinator garden. Certified by WHC in Fall 2015, it provides a positive impact on local wildlife and raises awareness of our employees nationwide.
Removing debris from shorelines is not simply a matter of clean-up, but also a critical conservation effort for marine wildlife. We encourage our employees to donate time and energy to these activities; current sites include Sandy Hook, New Jersey; Michigan City, Indiana; and numerous sites across Canada, including Calgary, Ontario, Toronto and Québec City.
Through a partnership with BirdLife International Tokyo, we started a three-year forest ecosystem conservation project in Mexico in Fall 2015. The selected areas represent an important habitat for many endangered species, including migratory birds. These efforts to conserve the mangrove forests are expected to spur the recovery of the local wetland system. In addition, these efforts mitigate the damage caused by natural disasters and improve the livelihood of local residents, who can use the restored mangroves in a sustainable manner.
To coincide with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Environment Day, we initiated Ricoh Global Eco Action Day in 2005. On June 5 every year, all members of the Ricoh Group worldwide are encouraged to think about and take environmental actions, wear green to show their commitment, and share eco-mindfulness with a larger audience. Additionally, we turn off our billboards and signage — except for our solar- and wind-powered ones — for the day.
Some of the local actions taken by Ricoh employees include:
To further underscore the importance of sustainability, we work with partners from government and non-government organizations, as well as our stakeholders, to achieve shared goals.
We hope we inspire you to do more, too.
Every year on November 15, we help to raise awareness of responsible recycling nationwide by supporting America Recycles Day. As a part of our efforts, we host an electronics recycling event to practice and support "Zero Waste to Landfill" efforts.
To raise the visibility of environment and corporate social responsibility, the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award program honors high school students who develop innovations in alternative energy and waste management that strengthen environmental sustainability. Each year, we award $25,000 in scholarships to students whose projects are chosen at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
Recent winning projects include a low-grade waste heat recovery system that generates electricity and a micro-scale anaerobic digestion process for biogas production.