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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.