Konica Minolta, Inc. has been listed among the ‘2021 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ (2021 Global 100)
Konica Minolta’s inclusion on this prestigious list will mark the fourth time and the third year in a row, following 2011, 2019 and 2020. The Global 100 is announced annually by the Canada-based Corporate Knights at the meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), known as Davos Meeting. This year, the meeting will take place as a virtual ‘Davos Agenda’ during the ‘Davos Week’, from 25th – 29th January.
The 2021 Global 100 corporations that excel in sustainability were selected from among 8,080 major companies around the globe. This was based upon an evaluation of environmental, social and governance indicators, as well as the ability to promote diversity and innovation, and the percentage of sales of eco-friendly products. Five Japanese companies are on this global list of corporations that excel in sustainability.
Konica Minolta believes that pursuing a sustainable society also leads to enhanced sustainability for companies. Based on this belief, the company keeps enhancing its commitment to innovation that fosters new value creation. The aim is to realize both people-centred engagement with worksite professionals, and the creation of a sustainable society, simultaneously building on the growth of the businesses.
Konica Minolta’s Workplace Hub, for example, supports diverse work styles at our corporate clients, whilst boosting productivity and creativity. Meanwhile, the Group’s bio-healthcare business is helping to deliver precision medicine. Improving quality of life for both caregivers and care recipients, the company’s HitomeQ Care Support service is streamlining workflows for caregivers. In yet another field, Konica Minolta’s gas monitoring solution makes gas leaks visible at plants using non-contact, remote-monitoring technology, thereby preventing accidents and helping to ensure the safety and security of urban areas.
Konica Minolta also addresses global climate change, which is also one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations: ‘Climate Action’. As part of this, Konica Minolta Europe is taking strong action to mitigate the negative effects of climate change. For years, the company has been sourcing green power only, thus saving annually about 1,200 t of CO2, and substitutes travel by increasingly using more virtual meetings. Konica Minolta uses its remote visual support tool, AIRe Link, for service and support, which saved more than 3,000 on-site customers visits in 2020.
Moreover, it offsets unavoidable CO2 emissions and supports renewable energy and reforestation as part of various climate compensation projects. The company also offers different sustainability services to its customers to help them achieve their environmental goals, such as bizhub ECO or the Enabling Carbon Neutrality programme.
Konica Minolta is integrating the strengths developed in its business over the decades with the latest digital technologies, to provide high value-added products and services, thereby helping to achieve the SDGs.