Growing strong and growing green: Konica Minolta South Africa proves its environmental commitment

| 27 July 2015

Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, is a local business that it well-known for its dedication to implementing comprehensive, sustainable environmental initiatives that not only reduce its own environmental impact, but that also enhance the livelihood of the surrounding communities. As part of this environmental commitment and investment, the company has planted 5,271 trees in the past year alone, in addition to 4,600 bamboo plants, in partnership with Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), South Africa’s first environmental social enterprise.

Since the inception of this relationship in 2008, the two companies have worked together tirelessly to plant more than 23,500 trees, helping to improve, regenerate and rehabilitate degraded environments across the country.

“The FTFA’s Trees for All programme is a successful and effective programme that greens, educates and transforms communities across the country,” explained Ritchi Smith, marketing coordinator at Konica Minolta South Africa.

“By aligning ourselves with an organisation like FTFA that focuses on supporting healthy people on a healthier planet, Konica Minolta South Africa has played an important role in the transformation of schools, crèches, clinics and community centres, into healthier, more sustainable environments.

“There is no doubt as to the benefits of trees in urban landscapes. They help to reduce air and water pollution, stem storm water runoff, beautify neighbourhoods and represent a crucial part of the ecosystem. In recent times, planting trees has been highlighted as a low-tech, cost-effective strategy for mitigating many problems,” she continued. “However, it is more than just planting trees: landscape restoration increases the resilience of communities to climate change. Not only this, but thanks to the dedication, commitment and positive approach of Konica Minolta South Africa’s national branches, the relationship between them and the donor recipients has grown and flourished, along with the trees.”

Earlier this year, Konica Minolta South Africa also announced that it had achieved carbon-neutral status for the second year in a row. The company was able to earn the distinction through the calculation of its carbon footprint, implementation of company-wide energy efficiency initiatives and the subsequent offsetting of the remaining emissions through these plantings.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe


Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment" stated that Konica Minolta is "recognised globally as a leader in print transformation". As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource). Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘"Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021" by Keypoint Intelligence. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With approximately 10,000 employees (as of April 2020), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over 2.34 billion in financial year 2019/2020.


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