Contributing to Society
Supporting Scholarship, Research, and Education
Konica Minolta Science and Technology Foundation
Tracing its origins back to 1966, the Konica Minolta Science and Technology Foundation has pursued ongoing initiatives focusing on the promotion of imaging science by providing support for research projects in this field. The foundation solicits research projects based on new ideas in the field of imaging science, and presents the Konica Minolta Imaging Science Award for outstanding research projects.
In accordance with the mission of the foundation, Konica Minolta offers financial support for its activities every year.
Developing Planetariums in Various Locations
Planetariums cultivate intellectual curiosity in science and astronomy, and motivate people to learn about space and to think about the Earth and humankind. As a comprehensive manufacturer of planetariums, Konica Minolta Planetarium Co., Ltd., markets dome projection equipment and program content to planetariums in Japan, as well as to the global market.
Guest Lectures on the Structure of a Copier
Since 2012, Konica Minolta, Inc., has offered guest lectures at junior and senior high schools as part of its educational support activities. The theme of these lectures is the structure of a copier and MFPs. The lectures explain the principle of copying using static electricity in a clear manner using familiar examples, and facilitate understanding through hands-on activities using experimental equipment.
In 2015, 112 newly hired employees served as guest lecturers for 748 students at a total of eight junior high and high schools in Tokyo, Aichi, and Osaka Prefectures.
Capacity Building to Build up the IT Knowledge of Women
Konica Minolta collaborated with the NGO Impact Hub and Czechitas on capacity building to support women's career development and to build up the IT knowledge of women in the Czech Republic.
As a program co-sponsor, Konica Minolta dispatched IT experts to workshops designed to enhance the IT knowledge and entrepreneurial knowhow of women who aspire to find employment in the IT industry, change jobs, or launchtheir own business.
The goal was to promote the career development of women in the IT industry and thereby encourage diversity in this industry.
Book and School Supply Donations for Children
Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, a sales company for office equipment and solutions, has continuously participated in Books2BETTER, a program that donates books to children, and its own Back to School program, which provides children with school supplies.
The Books2BETTER program calls on employees throughout the U.S. to help collect books to be donated to schools, libraries, non-profits, and other organizations for preschool children from low-income families.
Supporting Childhood Education
Children visiting the company on their graduation trip
Konica Minolta supports Project Hope, a campaign launched in 1989 by the China Youth Development Foundation to promote school attendance among children. The support for this project started in 2006 with the donation of funds to cover the construction costs for building an elementary school in Zhuanghe, Dalian (Liaoning Province), and has been ongoing in various other ways.
Representatives of Konica Minolta Opto (Dalian) Co., Ltd., a company manufacturing optical lenses and other products, visit schools on China's annual Children's Day (June 1) to deliver grants and stationery.
Picture Contest for Children with Disabilities
Since the Special Olympics was held in Shanghai in 2007, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (China), a sales company for office equipment and solutions, has continued to support primary schools for intellectually challenged children in Shanghai and Beijing with donations of teaching materials created with laser printers and Konica Minolta MFPs. Employees also volunteer at these schools and take part in exchanges with students. Since 2011, the company has held an annual picture contest at these schools to select the best drawings every year and grant scholarships for the children.
Support for a School for the Children of Migrant Workers
Konica Minolta Opto (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a company manufacturing optical lenses and other products, provides support for local elementary schools in order to improve the learning environment for the children of migrant workers.