Konica Minolta, Inc. Earns Gold-Level Recognition Medal in EcoVadis

| 2 April 2019

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has earned a Gold Level Recognition Medal in the EcoVadis 2018 sustainability ratings issued by EcoVadis of France. Receiving the survey’s highest level of recognition for the third time in a row, places Konica Minolta in the top two percent of suppliers and reflects its corporate philosophy, which drives all of its day-to-day business practices.

To achieve this value, Konica Minolta has identified a number of material issues, which must be given priority: the environment, social innovation, customer satisfaction and product safety, supply chain responsibility, human capital and diversity. By addressing these issues, the company will provide solutions to social issues set forth in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and contribute to solving global environmental issues and improving quality of life.

“The EcoVadis recognition is part of Konica Minolta’s commitment to sustainable business practices,” said Marc Pillay, CEO of Konica Minolta South Africa. “Sustainability is integral to the way we do business, it informs many of our relationships and business decisions.”

An example of such a relationship is Konica Minolta South Africa’s partnership with NGO Food and Trees for Africa, which has seen Konica Minolta South Africa donating 42 218 trees – including 4 600 bamboo and 124 tree-equivalent spekboom – both of which are particularly effective at removing carbon from the atmosphere.

Today’s evolving society requires companies to deliver social value, by providing solutions to challenges faced by customers and the world. Companies must also generate economic value while achieving sustainable growth alongside society. This process is also well aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“The various plantings have offset an estimated 15 578 tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent). This has enabled Konica Minolta South Africa to achieve carbon-neutral status, mitigate global warming and improve air quality, in line with our broader commitment to sustainable business practices,” concluded Pillay.

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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