About Konica Minolta

Giving Shape to Ideas

Green Factories (procurement and production initiatives)

Reducing Environmental Impact in Procurement Activities

Green Supplier Activities

Konica Minolta personnel visit suppliers’ factories and work with their staff members to make improvements

Results of Activities

Konica Minolta conducts Green Supplier activities, aiming to reduce costs and the environmental impact of suppliers. This is achieved by saving energy and materials through the sharing of environmental technology and expertise accumulated through Konica Minolta's Green Factory activities. Environmental experts from Konica Minolta visit supplier factories and propose improvement measures. The suggested measures are designed to reduce energy and resource use as well as waste production. The experts convey the cost-reduction benefits to the suppliers and emphasize the need for investment to reduce impact. Through these activities, the company takes action in cooperation with suppliers to reduce their environmental impact.
These activities were launched at three more locations in fiscal 2015, and two suppliers that started in fiscal 2014 are nearing their Green Supplier activity targets, which are at a comparable level to Konica Minolta's Green Factory standards.

Close Up|Voice of a Business Partner
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.

Xu Yanping
Changhong Technology Co., Ltd.

Visiting a Konica Minolta site to see environmental measures

Green Procurement System

Implementing green procurement to assess the chemical constituents of parts and components and give preference to those with the least environmental impact

Green Procurement System

Konica Minolta operates a Green Procurement System in compliance with the changing laws and regulations for chemical substances.

In the operation of the SIGMA Green Procurement System, the Group ensures its compliance with the RoHS directive, and also rapidly complies with more stringent regulations on chemical substances in products by expanding its coverage to include substances of very high concern (SVHCs) on the candidate list for authorization and other substances restricted under REACH regulations.* Through these efforts in assessment and management of chemical substances in products, the Group is keeping an eye on trends in regulations and alternative technologies and is working on plans to eliminate hazardous materials in order to be sure it avoids risks.

In addition, in order to ease the workload of suppliers, the Group uses the international standard IEC 62474 declarable substance list of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to define the substances covered in its survey. Moreover, the Group regularly holds briefings on trends in environmental laws and regulations for its suppliers to ensure understanding of Konica Minolta’s initiatives.

REACH regulations: Regulations enacted by the EU in June 2007 concerning the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals, to consolidate existing regulations concerning chemical substances.

Main Features

  • Japanese, English and Chinese language support
  • Supports two standard chemical substance surveys (JAMP*1 and JGPSSI*2) and independent methods
  • Separates the procedures for checking for prohibited substances and for collection of information on reported substances in products
  • Sharing of information from surveys and responses with business partners
  • Storage of communication records in databases ensures compliance through tracking
  • Simplifies the response to changes in regulations and substances subject to control
JAMP: Standards for chemical substance surveys established and implemented by the Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium.
JGPSSI: Standards for chemical substance surveys established and implemented by the Japan Green Procurement Survey Standardization Initiative.

Environmental Collaboration

The Business Technologies Business has implemented Environmental Collaboration to establish strong partnerships through on-site evaluations and educational support for suppliers in order to strengthen suppliers’ environmental management.
This is an initiative to help suppliers develop independent environmental management. Konica Minolta employees go directly to suppliers’ factories and provide guidance based on assessment results for the management of chemical substances as well as to provide guidance in document management, including for measurement results and materials information.

Every year Konica Minolta provides education to suppliers’ employees and certifies those who pass as internal evaluators for suppliers. In addition, each year the Group also conducts group education for new evaluators as well as paper-based follow-up education for existing internal evaluators.

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