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  • giving-tuesday-11-29Everyone has the power to make the world a better place.

    This concept is the cornerstone of the growing social movement #GivingTuesday, which takes place today, November 29. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and partnership. The idea is simple: in the midst of consumer-driven events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday encourages people to come together and celebrate acts of generosity and kindness, no matter how large or how small.

    As a movement, #GivingTuesday doesn’t actually accept donations. It aims to connect donors with non-profits and spread the general spirit of giving. There are so many reasons to give, especially around the holidays. Our world is facing serious challenges, including poverty and food shortages. There are people in need in almost every community.

    Giving doesn’t need to cost money and can fit into your busy schedule. Everyone has something to give, whether it’s helping a child with their homework, lending a hand to an elderly neighbor or buying a coffee for the person in line behind you at Starbucks. If everyone contributed one act of kindness this #GivingTuesday, imagine how many people would have a better day! (more…)

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    Konica Minolta Achieves Gold EPEAT Ratings

    , Vice President, Government Sales and Marketing

    epeat-logoEveryone sees articles or news headlines referring to environmental issues. In some cases, they have to do with new standards needed for an industry and, in other cases, concerns about the long-term effects that can impact the environment.

    With all these conversations taking place, it makes me proud to work for a company like Konica Minolta that prides itself on creating new value in order to champion environmental protection and contribute solutions for many challenges facing our global society.

    Nowhere is our commitment more supported than with the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), a voluntary standard for product ratings.

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    Each October, as fall foliage offers brilliant displays of reds and yellows, people around the world come together to turn the world pink. Consumer products change their labels to shades of pink and professional football teams wear pink gloves and socks and incorporate the pink ribbon on their helmets to raise funds and show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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    EcoVision 2050: Our Planet Needs Us

    , Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services and Product Planning

     

    The Earth gives us everything: food, shelter, water. Life.

    And what do we give it in return? Year after year, we pollute our land and our oceans. We decimate our forests. We emit greenhouse gases.

    But the future isn’t so dire. With just a little effort from each of us, we can help our planet.

    We can recycle. We can reduce our carbon footprint. We can develop green technology. At Konica Minolta, preserving our planet is part of our business. It is also part of our philosophy: Creating new value for our customers and our society. To create this value, we have a long-term environmental action plan. Called Eco Vision 2050, it guides us to achieve our corporate citizenship goals and fulfill our responsibility as a global corporation.

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    A year ago, we made a promise to the women of Konica Minolta to help them advance in their careers.

    A year ago, Step Forward was created to do just that.

    I am so proud of this initiative, both personally and as the executive sponsor, to be able to offer a forum to empower women at all career levels. Step Forward has opened doors, started conversations, shined a light on where we are and where we need to go. (more…)

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    Houston, TX office collecting food items during our national 2015 Food for Thought Drive.

     

    If there’s one truth that has become strikingly clear to me, it’s that the holidays have, and always will be, a magical time. What makes these days so special is the meaning we create from them, and most of that meaning comes from giving. We give gifts, food, laughs and even memories to loved ones without a sign of hesitation. We celebrate our blessings, and we are reminded that kindness and generosity should reign.

    December 1 is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. People across the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity. It’s a crucial day to think about how we can give back to those in need and take actions to recognize that others are less fortunate.

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    Doing Our Part to Preserve the Planet

    , Senior Vice President and General Counsel

    Our planet is changing. Extreme winters, record-breaking droughts, up to 2,000 animal species becoming extinct each year.Earth Day

    April 22, 2015 marks Earth Day’s 45th anniversary.

    In today’s eco-conscious world, it’s hard to imagine that before 1970, there were few to any laws or regulations to protect the environment.

    On the first Earth Day, more than 20 million Americans demonstrated in cities across the country to demand a cleaner planet. In December 1970 Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to address environmental issues.

    Today, environmental sustainability and climate change are part of a global conversation. With global warming occurring at a startling rate, citizens from all aspects of society are taking steps to ensure a habitable planet for future generations.

    As a company that aims to create new value for society, Konica Minolta is thinking about the environment and the future of our planet.

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    Sporting a ’stache for Movember

    , Senior Vice President and General Counsel

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    There was more facial hair than usual last month at Konica Minolta offices across the country. While some may have thought this was a new fashion trend, in reality nearly 300 employees were participating in “Movember.” This movement began as a small fundraiser nearly 15 years ago and has grown into a global tradition.

    During Movember, (formally known as November), men are encouraged to grow a moustache to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. Women also participate by encouraging the men in their lives to grow moustaches and by spreading awareness. Spearheaded by the Movember Foundation, more than $559 million has been raised to fund 832 men’s health programs in 21 countries since its establishment.

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    The holidays are here again! As we become immersed in travel plans, shopping lists and holiday parties, it can be easy to forget what this season is really about: giving.

    Today, the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate kindness and to give. December 2 is Giving Tuesday, and it is gaining momentum rapidly. Formed by New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation in 2011, Giving Tuesday is a philanthropic response to consumer-driven events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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    Inventing greener ways to help the planet

    , Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services and Product Planning

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    As Daylight Savings Time comes to an end this weekend, you’re probably lamenting the shorter days and the requisite clock-changing ritual. And you’re probably wondering why we still have to deal with it.

    Daylight Savings Time first appeared in the US in the mid 1900s and was standardized in the 1960s as a way to help reduce energy usage during the early evening hours, when everyone was home and the most energy was consumed.

    A lot has changed since the 1960s. Today, with growing concerns about climate change, extreme weather and depleted natural resources, the world is always looking for new ways to reduce the impact we have on the planet.

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