Sustainable Factory (Procurement and Production Initiatives)
Green Supplier Activities
Overview of the Activities
Konica Minolta conducts Green Supplier activities to reduce both environmental impact and operating costs by providing suppliers with environmental technologies and expertise that it has developed via its Sustainable Factory activities. Konica Minolta’s environmental experts propose suggestions for improvement, outlining cost reduction benefits, investment rationale, and other information. They then cooperate with suppliers as they take action to reduce their environmental impact.
In fiscal 2020, Konica Minolta started using an energy conservation diagnosis tool it built by digitalizing the expertise of energy conservation professionals, and launched its new DX-Green Supplier Activities, which do not involve in-person visits.
Fiscal 2020 Activity Results
In fiscal 2020, DX-Green Supplier activities were initiated with six new companies, bringing the total number of companies Konica Minolta is working with to 29, including those involved with the previous Green Supplier activities. Of these, 14 companies had achieved their Green Supplier activity targets, which are equivalent to the level of the Konica Minolta Sustainable Factory Certification Standards.
(2.5 years after activity launch)
|Prevention of global warming||CO2 emissions||5% reduction
(compared to the last year before activity launch)
|Energy costs||5% reduction
(compared to the last year before activity launch)
|Waste reduction||External discharge quantity||12.5% reduction
(compared to the last year before activity launch)
|Material / waste costs||Cost reduction greater than waste expenses|
|Final disposal rate||0.5% or less|
|Reduction of chemical risk||Reduction of chemical risk||Compliance with chemical substance guidelines|
|Achievement Date||Company||Activity Launch|
|Mar. 2016||Shenzhen Changhong Technology Co., Ltd.||FY2014|
|Mar. 2017||Toyo Communication Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.||FY2014|
|Mar. 2017||Allied Technologies (Saigon) Co., Ltd.||FY2015|
|Mar. 2017||Szepak Precision (Wuxi) Co., Ltd.||FY2015|
|Mar. 2017||Catthai Manufacturing & Trading Co., Ltd. (CATHACO., Ltd.)||FY2016|
|Mar. 2018||Well King Plastic Manufacturing Co., Ltd.||FY2015|
|Mar. 2019||Changshu Xinda Plastic Molding & Injection Co., Ltd||FY2016|
|Mar. 2019||Guppy Plastic Industries (Penang) Sdn. Bhd.||FY2016|
|Mar. 2019||Triplus Industry Sdn. Bhd.||FY2016|
|Mar. 2020||Dongguan Konka Mould Plastic Co., Ltd||FY2017|
|Mar. 2020||Pendge Precision Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd||FY2017|
|Mar. 2020||Shanghai KUMHO_SUNNY Plastics Co., LTD.||FY2017|
|Mar. 2020||Nippon Seiki Consumer Products (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Thai Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.
|Mar. 2020||Asian Stanley International Co., Ltd.||FY2017|
Voice of a Supplier| Asian Stanley International Co., Ltd.
Asian Stanley International Co., Ltd. Our basic environmental philosophy is to minimize the impact on the environment of all of our corporate activities and create productive value and harmony with the environment so that our irreplaceable earth and the rich benefits of its biodiversity can be passed down to the next generation in a sound condition. Environmental activities are an important component of these efforts. By carrying out Green Supplier activities with Konica Minolta, we learn ways of creating energy conservation effects and their perspective, and these efforts lead to concrete results. Moreover, these activities help us to achieve our targets for the entire factory, not just the environmental team, and this raises awareness and initiatives company-wide. I think that continuing these activities is of utmost importance, and we will continue to conserve energy and resources, prevent contamination, and develop products and carry out manufacturing activities that reduce environmental impact.
Voice of a Supplier| Nippon Seiki Consumer Products (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Nippon Seiki Consumer Products (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Thank you for two and a half years of advice. Through the Green Supplier activities, we have been able to change awareness about the environment, including members’ energy loss and waste and reductions to CO2 emissions. Not only did we benefit from the actual effects, but we made many realizations. Going forward, we plan to share and develop the experiences and knowledge we have received through these activities to achieve sustainable growth.
Voice of a Supplier| Guppy Plastic Industries (Penang) Sdn. Bhd.
Guppy Plastic Ind. Sdn. Bhd. Our environmental conservation activities started with small and simple activities since our inception days. Our program continues internally and later on, enhanced to include involvement with external parties such as the local council, schools, and the public. The program included city beautification, zero waste, and school beautification.
Recent years are showing the rise of the negative impact to the environment from plastic products. However, we as plastic injection moulding manufacturer remained positive in our position as a diversified supplier in supplying to various industries.
Green Supplier Activity by Konica Minolta has given us the opportunity to further enhance our program to higher level. The program will support us in meeting our goal which also aligned with our environmental policy that is to contribute toward environmentally sustainable development.
We have shared good practices and gained additional knowledge from the Konica Minolta team and appreciate the exposure of the new ideas and methodologies introduced in implementing waste elimination. We look forward for continuous support from Konica Minolta in our journey to improve the quality of life for our employees, business partners, and future generations.
Guppy Plastic Industries (Penang) Sdn. Bhd.
Voice of a Supplier | Well King Plastic Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
We view environmental conservation as an extremely important initiative in the context of China’s recent pursuit of rapid economic growth and the advancement of its manufacturing industry. Konica Minolta’s Eco Vision 2050 is aimed at sustainable growth, which is an approach that matches the course we wish to follow.
In the manufacturing industry, resource and energy consumption increase with business expansion and rises in production. This is why I believe that the “waste elimination activities” we worked on as part of the Green Supplier activities are essential for a growing manufacturing industry. Moreover, Konica Minolta’s sharing of its environmental expertise enabled us to reduce our environmental impact while increasing our performance, giving us the experience of simultaneously contributing to the environment and supplying competitive products.
We will continue to practice environmental conservation and energy reduction activities and will do our best to pursue sustainable development in collaboration with Konica Minolta.
WELLMEI HOLDING CO., LTD.
Voice of a Supplier | Szepak Precision (Wuxi) Co., Ltd.
Through the Green Supplier activities, we received a wealth of advice on things such as energy conservation,
resource reduction measures, and calculation methods. Thanks to Konica Minolta, we were able to take the first steps toward environmental contribution. For environmental measures requiring investment, we received proposals from a management perspective, including measures sorted into short-, medium-, and long-term investments, as well as by depreciation period. The government also has several requirements for environmental conservation measures, and we were able to work even more positively on them by pursuing the Green Supplier activities. In the future, we would like to develop self-diagnosis mechanisms while applying diagnostic tools from Konica Minolta.
Director / General Manager
Szepak Precision (Wuxi) Co., Ltd.
Voice of a Supplier | Allied Technologies (Saigon) Co., Ltd
In our daily lives, we receive much information about global warming, the greenhouse effect, and CO2 emissions, which are contributing to environmental risk with rising temperatures, rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions that affect the lives of human beings and other living organisms around the world.
Konica Minolta introduced the Green Supplier Activity program at Allied Vietnam in 2015. Through the program, my team has been introduced to the benefits these activities can have for the company. We understand that it can contribute to cost reduction, increased sales opportunities, reduced business risk, and the environmental awareness of every employee.
Through the program, Konica Minolta, working with Allied, evaluated ways to save energy and reduce waste, took productive measures to make plans, and executed to meet the targets set. This, in turn, met the wider goal of working to curb global warming and supporting a recycling oriented society.
During the activity, Konica Minolta continuously shared with Allied many methods for reducing energy use, and also shared their experience with best practices to enable us to execute the program effectively.
Moving forward, Allied will continue to sustain the activities that are in place, and will also continue to make plans for reducing energy and recycling waste, working to be part of a company that exercises its social responsibility to the community.
Tung Gee Khim
Group Operation Manager
Allied Technologies (Saigon) Co., Ltd.
Voice of a Supplier | Changhong Technology Co., Ltd.
As part of the Green Supplier activities, Konica Minolta environmental manufacturing experts visited our production site, and we discussed environmental measures for molding machines and utilities use. Preparing for the actual implementation of the suggested measures, we visited a Konica Minolta production site in China, and we were able to address our situation while discussing specific ways to proceed. The local government places great importance on energy-saving activities, and we received a monetary incentive after reporting the energy-saving initiatives we took through the Green Supplier activities. We were able to reduce our emissions by 800 tons per year, and also contributed to CO2 emissions reduction in China.
Changhong Technology Co., Ltd.
Visiting a Konica Minolta site to see environmental measures
Voice of a Supplier | Toyo Communication Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
I think the biggest feature of the Green Supplier Initiative is the way in which Konica Minolta is committed to coming into suppliers’ sites and working with them to make improvements.
Indeed, the people who visited our factory did not just bring the methods cultivated in Japan as-is; rather, they thought together with us about what kinds of measures we need. This method improved the motivation of our employees, and an attitude of thinking on one’s own and devising improvements started to spread throughout the company.
Going forward, we are determined to keep cooperating with Konica Minolta to form and implement environmental plans and measures, and foster a system and culture that values environmental management.
Chairman and Managing Director
Toyo Communication Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.