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Konica Minolta Steps Forward with Confidence and Support
I’ve written before about diversity in the workplace and am proud to see strides taken within Konica Minolta to ensure that our people, and our community not only accept all people for who they are – in gender, in race, in age and in creative thought – but also recognize the important role that different thought leadership plays into our overall success.
Diversity Makes a Difference
A Forbes article on this subject (coined “inclusive decision making”) highlights better business performance with teams that incorporate variety in age, gender and geography. (more…)
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.
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.
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
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!
A gorgeous week of weather in Southern California welcomed our 2017 FutuREady Conference as we hosted approximately 200 dealer partners and over 700 attendees to support them and the future of their businesses. The week was capped off with the Blue Angels Foundation Konica Minolta Golf & Tennis Classic, a charitable event that supports our military veterans. The combination of business and charity brings perspective, motivation and additional purpose to an otherwise professional event. (more…)
Because of this, Konica Minolta has been the top multifunction printer in Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index® for 10 consecutive years. We have also received top honors in brand engagement.
This says a lot about our commitment to our customers. We set extremely high standards for our customer experience and work continually to make each customer’s journey the best it can possibly be. Our goal across the company, especially in Marketing, is to enhance every customer experience and to proactively communicate with customers regularly.
Today’s customers want interactions that are easy, fast and reliable, and MyKMBS, our virtual, self-service mobile app, gives them that freedom. Now, customers can initiate a service call, order print supplies or enter a meter read for their bizhub® multifunction printers at any time from anywhere. You can read more about MyKMBS in our blog and download the app for Android or iOS to explore its countless features.
To make our digital customer experience more robust, we have refreshed the design of our website homepage. Analytics show us where users are searching for information, which pages they are going to the most often and which pages they are spending the most time on. We have identified the pages have the highest traffic and we have moved links to these pages onto our homepage for easy customer access. We’ve also created content specific to our customers’ roles, so whether they are a high school administrator, an office manager, a CIO or a production print shop owner, we speak their language and offer subsequent pages that educate them about their unique business challenges and then offer seamless solutions.
“Moon shots are made to be landed.” Ginni Rometti, chairman, president and CEO of IBM
These are exciting times across the healthcare spectrum. And nowhere was this excitement more palpable than at the HIMSS Conference, where more than 40,000 healthcare IT professionals from around the world gathered in Orlando, FL, to discuss the future of healthcare. (more…)
Everyone 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…)
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.
For the first time in the 240 years that America has existed, a woman was nominated for president by a major political party. Regardless of your political ideology, this is truly the largest crack in the glass ceiling and one that I am proud to have witnessed.
This point in history is especially significant now, as we will soon mark the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was ratified on August 18, 1920. In the 96 years since women were given the right to vote, we have made great strides in equality. From education to employment, women today have so many opportunities.
These opportunities, coupled with hard work, have enabled me to receive an exceptional education including a post-graduate degree. These opportunities have allowed me to enter the corporate world and to grow and excel in each new role I have been given. These opportunities have given me the ability to sponsor an initiative close to my heart: the creation of Step Forward, an employee group focused on giving the women of Konica Minolta ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals.
I recently had a manager on my team ask me how I achieved my position in the company. Truthfully, I didn’t set forth on each new project or task with the goal of getting a promotion. Each of my decisions was tactical, aligned with corporate goals and personal goals to improve productivity and make an impact within the organization. But, looking back, I can see a connection, a connection to certain projects that I am especially proud of.
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…)