Konica Minolta Awarded Gold Class Award by RobecoSAM

| 2 November 2019

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.


1. https://www.robecosam.com/en/about-us/

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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