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  • Today marks the fifth annual #GivingTuesday, celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and on the heels of the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable giving season, encouraging social action, collaboration and generosity.

    At Konica Minolta, we’re committed to making our world a better place. It’s engrained in our corporate culture and stems from our philosophy which aims to “create value for society.” As a global company, we work hard to use our wide-reaching resources and expertise to contribute to the greater good. We’re promoting environmental sustainability by continually developing and perfecting the greenest products and solutions on the market. This year we’ve even added the new goal of achieving “Carbon Minus” status to our long term environmental plan, Eco Vision 2050.

    This year employees donated more than 3,000 books to students through our Books2BETTER initiative

    Here in the U.S. our employees are changing our world for the better everyday. This year alone, we’ve put more than 3,000 books into the homes of young readers from low-income families, contributed $6,000 to breast cancer research and devoted hundreds of volunteer hours to harvesting vegetables for local food banks and rebuilding our communities. Konica Minolta has also contributed $40,000 in matched donations to nonprofit organizations important to our employees through our newly launched Matching Contributions Program. These are all achievements to be proud of and inspire us to continue to think of new and creative ways that we can pay it forward in the coming year.

     

    Employees wore pink on October 19 to raise awareness for Breast Cancer on our annual Think Pink Day

    That’s the beauty of giving, there are seemingly infinite ways that every person can make the world a better place, and as a company that values innovation and creativity, we are well equipped to come up with solutions to problems. This year, I read the brilliantly written book, “Half the Sky” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It was an eye-opening glimpse into one of the largest humanitarian issues facing our world today, the oppression of so many women and girls in developing countries. More girls have been killed in the last fifty years, just because of their gender, than men were killed in all the wars of the twentieth century. But the authors suggest that there is an attainable solution; by providing financial support and education to th

    A team of Konica Minolta women teamed up for a Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build volunteer day during June

    ese women and girls, oppression can be turned into opportunity.

    I came away from the book wanting to help. The Lady Savant Foundation recently opened a school for 6th – 8th grade students in Cambodia and are actively seeking funds and educational materials to support the school and their “Girls Be Ambitious” program, an incentive program to keep girls safe, educated, and out of human trafficking circles. The Foundation teams up with the ArtWare organization, to run creative team building events to design tiles for charitable causes. During December, a group of Konica Minolta employees will have the opportunity to design educational “ABC” tiles that will be installed on the walls of the school in 2018. I’m excited to see what our employees create together and thrilled that we will be contributing directly to such an important cause.

    This #GivingTuesday, take a moment to think about what you can do to give back. Whether the gesture is large or small, creative or simple, every act of kindness makes the world a better place. At Konica Minolta, we’re excited for what the New Year holds and look forward to continuing to provide innovative solutions of all kinds in 2018!

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    World Environment Day 2017: Working Towards a Cleaner Planet

    , Executive Vice President and General Counsel

    World-Environment-Day-Save-Earth1What can we do about global warming? That’s the question individuals, corporations and organizations are being challenged to ponder today in honor of World Environment Day 2017. Celebrated annually, World Environment Day is the United Nations’ annual push to promote awareness and action for the protection of our planet.

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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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    Creating Global Change Starting in Our Communities

    , Executive Vice President and General Counsel
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    Volunteering at MEVO farm in Mahwah, NJ.

    Our world is facing countless challenges, from poverty and food insecurity to climate change. Solutions are needed, but we’re often left wondering how we can help. I believe that each of us can make a positive change in our world, starting right where we are.

    I’m proud to work for a company that’s using its resources to create social change. Konica Minolta’s commitment to society is shared by employees all over the world, stemming from its management philosophy, “The Creation of New Value.” Corporations are in a unique position to make a difference with resources like in-kind and monetary donations and employee volunteer time. Through programs like the “3 Green Activities” and the “Clean Planet Program,” Konica Minolta and more than 43,000 employees in 150 countries have been enacting change for years on a global level.

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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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    Celebrate Earth Week by Printing Smart

    , Senior Vice President, Marketing

    As many of you know, environmental responsibility is a priority for us at Konica Minolta. For years we’ve been integrating environmental, economic and social perspectives into our corporate strategy, and our commitment has resulted in innovative green technologies, extensive recycling programs, solar energy initiatives and much more.

    As a company that specializes in printing devices, we are particularly concerned with the efficient use of paper. While reducing the amount of printed pages is an effective way to reduce your impact on the environment, there are many ways to print which are also ecofriendly. Here are some easy ways to print smart when printing is necessary. (more…)

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    2013 was a great year for Konica Minolta, from a business and social perspective.  As an organization committed to giving back on a global and local scale we are constantly seeking new opportunities to serve the needs of our communities, while shaping a more prosperous tomorrow.

    Our non-profit organization, the Konica Minolta Colorful Tomorrow Foundation, or the CTF, is focused on creating brighter futures for children and families across the US. The CTF had several successful initiatives in 2013, thanks to the support of our employees and friends. (more…)

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    Continued Efforts & Innovation in CSR Initiatives

    , Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services and Product Planning

    aerial_shotOctober was an exciting month at our Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. headquarters in Ramsey, NJ. As part of our commitment to sustainability, we hosted the formal ribbon cutting of “Project Sunway.”  A 967,000 kWh solar energy system installed in the parking lots of Konica Minolta’s offices, Project Sunway will produce 15-18 percent of the energy needs for the buildings. Based on standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this project will offset the CO2 emissions from 132 passenger vehicles, or the electricity used by 84 homes per year. (more…)

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    Green Electronics, EPEAT and the US Government

    , Vice President, Product Management and Planning

    Green electronics are in greater demand than ever, partly due to the federal government’s requirements surrounding the environmental impact of the electronics they purchase and use. Federal purchasers are now required to buy electronics listed on a global registry known as “EPEAT”. EPEAT requires that products meet criteria in eight environmental performance categories. These categories include factors such as the products packaging, its lifecycle and the types of materials it contains. Today, the US government is in compliance with the requirement that 95 percent of the products it purchases and uses meet the EPEAT standards. (more…)

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