Contributing to Society
Promoting Community Health and Safety
Early Detection of Breast Cancer
Konica Minolta's Pink Ribbon campaign symbol
Konica Minolta, Inc., supplies digital mammography units that are effective for early detection of breast cancer. Naturally, Konica Minolta also supports the Pink Ribbon campaign, which emphasizes the importance of early breast cancer detection, in all Group companies around the world.
Supporting Breast Cancer Advocacy Organizations
The Konica Minolta Group provides support for organizations that assist breast cancer patients and their families in each area.
In North America, Konica Minolta Medical Imaging U.S.A., Inc. assists the Susan G. Komen organization and the Cancer Hope Network, while Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. and Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. provide backing for the American Cancer Society and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, respectively.
In Australia, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty. Ltd. helps out the Breast Cancer Network of Australia.
We provide a range of support to each organization that includes monetary donations, donations of Konica Minolta office equipment and supplies, and participation by employee volunteers in charity events and fund raising activities.
Raising Awareness of the Importance of Early Detection of Breast Cancer
Women's Health Forum
In China, Konica Minolta (China) Investment continues to work in a variety of ways to promote the early detection of breast cancer.
Between 2007 and 2008, the company held a series of health lectures at Women’s Health Forums in Shanghai and Beijing. Focusing on health risks unique to women and everyday health management, and cosponsored by local women’s associations and libraries, these lectures were attended by a total of over 3,000 participants.
Further in October 2008, the Breast Cancer Early Diagnosis Project was launched in Shanghai promoted by seven Japanese companies, including Konica Minolta. Under this project, the participating companies bear the costs of carrying out checkups of female office workers aged 35 and over, among whom there is a high incidence of breast cancer. In fiscal 2014, checkups were performed for 331 women in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou, with breast cancer lectures provided for those who were interested.
Assistance to Victims of Large Disasters
The Konica Minolta Group facilitates swift, smooth assistance by its group companies to help victims of major disasters.
Participation in Efforts to Support Disaster-Affected Areas
The Great East Japan Earthquake that struck in March 2011 caused massive damage to the coastal region as a result of the major tsunami that accompanied the earthquake. In September 2011, the Group sent approximately 100 new employees to the town of Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture, which was one of the disaster-struck areas. Together with other volunteers, they took part in recovery activities such as clearing away debris and cleaning. Since fiscal 2013, the Group has been organizing and dispatching employee volunteers to take part in the Watari Green Belt Project in Miyagi Prefecture. It is a program that promotes the restoration of farmland and the regrowth of the coastal forest, which provides protection against high tides.
Provision of “Spring of Relief” Water Resources as Disaster Preparedness
Ceremony marking the Disaster Cooperation Agreement
In fiscal 2014, Konica Minolta, Inc. signed a Disaster Cooperation Agreement with the city of Hino in Tokyo and the Hino Municipal Hospital. Under the agreement, the company installed a private electric generator at the well it owns at Tokyo Site Hino so that the well can be operated even during a power outage. The well can supply the large amounts of water needed during a disaster for dialysis and treatment at medical facilities as well as drinking and everyday water for community residents. Thus, the well was improved as the “Spring of Relief” disaster preparedness water resource. Going forward, the company will continue contributing to the safety and security of the community through cooperation with medical institutions, waterworks departments, and fire departments.
Establishment of a Corporate Foundation to Assist People with Disabilities
Konica Minolta’s MFPs incorporate the principles of universal design to make them easy to use for people of all ability levels. In an effort to promote the idea of universal design even further, Konica Minolta Business Solutions France S.A.S., a sales company for office equipment and solutions, established the Konica Minolta Enterprise Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting barrier free access in public places. This initiative, which began as the idea of just five employees, has now gone company-wide. Many employees are making donations and participating in various ways.
Promoting the Integration of People with Disabilities
Konica Minolta Business Solutions France S.A.S., a sales company for office equipment and solutions, established the Konica Minolta Enterprise Foundation in 2011 in order to facilitate the access of people with disabilities to sports, entertainment, culture, education, and work. The Foundation also allows employees to participate by proposing projects. Foundation funds are applied to a wide variety of projects, from local to national in scale, working in cooperation with a number of non-profit organizations, cultural venues, and institutions. One example of a funded project took place with the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, where the Foundation supported the creation of 3D models to assist people with visual impairments to understand the floor plans of the museum. The fund is also being used to support projects by the French National Forestry Office to build a wheelchair path in the Chamonix Valley, and a facility that allows people in wheelchairs to go swimming along Atlantic Coast beaches.
The Foundation also conducts diverse activities that include maintaining and improving leisure facilities, purchasing paragliding equipment for people with disabilities, improving entranceways for leisure boats, and purchasing and training service dogs.
Color Instructional Materials Designed for Children with Visual Challenges
Instruction materials for visually challenged children
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Polska, a sales company for office equipment and solutions, supports the United by Colour Project, which develops and distributes color educational materials to help with therapy for children with poor eyesight. Konica Minolta volunteers work with Rainbow, a support group for visually challenged children, to develop materials printed using Konica Minolta’s color copiers, which are capable of reproducing colors with extremely high precision.
Participating in a Community Movement to Protect Children
Konica Minolta's Kansai Office has joined the 110 Child Emergency campaign promoted by the Osaka Prefectural Government to ensure the safety of children in the community. Under this campaign, the local community offers its residences, shops, and offices, as well as company vehicles, as shelters for children, where they can seek protection in case of any troubles such as threats of kidnapping or molestation. The Kansai Office joined the campaign in February 2008, offering approximately 210 sales vehicles in the Kansai region for participation. The campaign helps to protect children, while offering a secure environment where they can live with peace of mind.