Konica Minolta recently received a Gold Class award from RobecoSAM, for the second consecutive year. Headquartered in Switzerland, RobecoSam is the world’s leading research and rating company in the environmental, social and governance, (ESG), investment field.
This has cemented Konica Minolta’s position as a global, industry leader in corporate citizenship. Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, has played its part in helping the brand address socio-economic issues, achieving environmental sustainability, improving quality of life and a further shift towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The award is in line with RobecoSam’s vision of safeguarding economic, environmental and social assets, which is a prerequisite for a healthy economy and the generation of attractive returns in the future. Its focus in the investment industry is moving from creating wealth to creating wealth and well-being. 1
While Konica Minolta has been ranked first in the environmental sector among all companies in the Computers & Peripherals and Office Electronics sector, this is the first time the company received the highest total score in the social ecosystem.
“The RobecoSAM recognition reflects Konica Minolta’s corporate philosophy, which is to do business that benefits both its customers and society at large,” said Marc Pillay, CEO of Konica Minolta South Africa. “We will continue to support and promote world-wide efforts to ensure that the company remains at the forefront of sustainable business practice and good corporate governance.”
One of Konica Minolta South Africa’s most notable contributions to environmental sustainability and addressing socio-economic issues involve its partnership with NGO Food and Trees for Africa, which sees them donate trees.
Konica Minolta South Africa’s total tree donation is currently at 43 708, which includes 4 600 bamboo and 124 tree-equivalent spekboom plants. Due to this, 16 128.41 tons of Co2e has been sequestered. The CSR initiative has reached 837 beneficiary organisations thus far.
“Society invests in companies that genuinely care about them. We generate both social and economic value that will bode well for generations to come,” concluded Pillay.
- In December 2018, Konica Minolta also received a Gold Level Recognition Medal in the EcoVadis 2018 sustainability ratings for three years in a row. This places Konica Minolta in the top two percent of suppliers.