Ricoh declares June as Global SDGs Action Month

31 May 2021

Ricoh’s annual focus on sustainability in June will center on “accelerating Sustainable Development Goals actions based on materiality”

TOKYO, May 31, 2021 – The Ricoh Group places sustainably enhancing corporate value by resolving social issues at the core of its management approach. This is achieved by taking on a range of strategic initiatives to drive our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In alignment with these initiatives, Ricoh will implement “Ricoh Global SDGs Action 2021” throughout June, which will comprise various activities across the organization to help foster a sense of group unity and innovation, and strengthen ESG/SDGs values in all employees.

The goal of last year’s event held in November 2020 was to encourage Ricoh employees to feel pride in their work, bring joy to their families and friends, and raise awareness of how their work links to SDGs. In a global employee survey conducted in February 2021, 98% responded positively to this event, indicating a high level of personal commitment and connection to how their work specifically connects to resolving social issues and the SDGs. Ricoh has also been recognized by rating agencies and international surveys, including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices listing in November 2020, one of the world’s most renowned indices for ESG.

This year’s theme is “Accelerating SDGs actions based on materiality,” we will aim to improve further the level of SDGs/ESG actions through those activities.

Ricoh’s approach to sustainability is to pursue a sustainable society by balancing the Three Ps of Prosperity (economic), People (society), and Planet (environment). In order to realize this goal, Ricoh has identified seven material issues in two areas: “Resolving social issues through business” and “Robust management infrastructure” to accelerate its contribution towards achieving the SDGs.

Event outline

  • June 1–30, 2021
Global common activities:
  • SDGs World Tour (for employees)
    Showcase weekly online the social and SDG contribution activities throughout the Ricoh Group global companies.
  • SDGs Action—Start from what you can do (at an organization level)
    Each Ricoh Group company plans and implements various SDGs activities and shares the outcomes within the Ricoh Group.
  • Smile for SDGs Action (for all organizations)
    Recognize those teams who demonstrated exceptional ideas in implementing SDGs activities.
Activities at each company:
  1. Ricoh Japan
    • Set activity themes, targets, and implement the three categories that contribute to the SDGs: “Digitization of the workplace,” “Provision of digital services,” and “Reinforcement of internal business process.”


  2. Ricoh USA
    • Wear green for World Environment Day (observed on June 4) to raise awareness.
    • Celebrate Pride Month via Webinar in partnership with Ricoh Canada (June 17).
    • Launch a new People, Planet, and Prosperity Award program, and annual SDG Spotlight Award.


  3. Ricoh Latin America
    • Wear green for “The Green Challenge” (June 4th to June 30th).
    • “The Green Lunch” is a series of one-hour sessions every Friday in June on “Everything you want to know about the SDGs” with discussions, Q&A, feedback, resource sharing, training materials.


  4. Ricoh Europe
    • Collect and share photos of activities that employees have undertaken during the COVID-19 impact and sustainable recovery.


  5. Ricoh Asia Pacific
    • Declare Eco Action Pledge related to SDGs and ocean plastics will be offset for every organization, school, and individual pledge received.
    • Distribute seeds to the community in support of Singapore’s 30-by-30 vision.


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