Reducing Environmental Impact in Sales Activities
Reducing CO2 Emissions Associated with Sales Activities
Introducing Eco-friendly Vehicles to Its Sales Fleet and Promoting Eco-driving
Konica Minolta promotes the management and reduction of CO2 emissions from the business vehicles operated by its sales companies around the world. The Group is promoting measures such as reducing the amount of travel through more efficient sales and service activities, introducing eco-friendly vehicles with low emissions of CO2, and eco-driving to reduce energy consumption.
Eco-driving Initiatives at a Sales Company in Japan
Konica Minolta Japan, Inc. has installed a vehicle operation management system in company-owned vehicles. This system constantly gathers and stores data about the way company-owned cars are being used, including dangerous driving habits such as sudden acceleration and deceleration, as well as driving time, fuel consumption, and so on. Based on the data, drivers of company vehicles are given safe driving guidance. It is also used in eco-driving initiatives to lower fuel costs and reduce the environmental impact of company vehicle use.
Showroom in France Achieves Environmental Label
At a printing center, countless pages must be printed to meet the customers' needs for printed materials. At the same time, the environmental impact of this energy and resource consumption must also be minimized.
Sales company Konica Minolta Business Solutions France S.A.S., has earned the environmental label Imprim'Vert for its showroom, Digital Imaging Square. This certifies that organizations using the showroom for printing will be complying with the major standards for environmental management.
Obtaining Carbon Offsets for Trade Shows in Germany
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH aims to offset all of the CO2 generated when participating in exhibitions and trade fairs for the purpose of sales promotion, and to achieve carbon neutral sales activities.
Adoption of Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy Initiatives
Konica Minolta is generating and using renewable energy at multiple sites. Meanwhile, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A. built a photovoltaic installation in a parking lot in 2013 to generate electricity to power its offices.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, based in Germany, switched to 100% hydro-energy-derived power at all of its sites, including branches, through a contract with a power company in 2016. Since October 2019, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd. has been obtaining over 80% of the electricity used at its sales sites from renewable energy sources. In January 2020, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Austria GmbH also accomplished this for its sales sites.
Operating on 100% hydro-energy-derived power (Germany)
Photovoltaic installation in the company parking lot (United States)
Carbon Offsetting Service
Carbon Offsetting for Office and Production Printing
Enabling carbon neutrality is a carbon-offsetting service that uses emissions credits to offset CO2 emissions at every stage of the product lifecycle, from procurement to use. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe introduced the service for office and production printers in July 2015 and offers it across the whole of Europe.
So far it has been introduced in 11 countries, including Germany, France, and the Netherlands, to offset CO2 emissions throughout the product lifecycle. In addition to these activities, the company uses carbon offsetting for CO2 emissions from commuting and business trips as well as events such as international exhibitions. It has offset a total of over 34,000 tons of CO2 emissions thus far as a result. Konica Minolta will increase the number of countries eligible in order to contribute more to the creation of a sustainable planet and society.
Environmental Contribution Activities and Initiatives to Raise Employees’ Environmental Awareness
“Sustainability Week” to Raise Employees’ Environmental Awareness
Konica Minolta Business Solutions France holds a Sustainability Week that encourages eco-friendly initiatives and participation in charitable organizations, in an effort to raise employees’ awareness of sustainability. Enabling contact with various initiatives, such as education about environmental policies, the sale of honey harvested by the company, the use of eco-friendly vehicles (electric cars), and appropriate waste disposal, this event is an opportunity for each and every employee to gain even greater awareness about the creation of a sustainable society.
Internal poster for Sustainability Week
Beekeeping with the Aim of Raising Awareness of Biodiversity
Konica Minolta Business Solutions France has greened the roof of its building in Paris and set up beehives for beekeeping. People in France traditionally exhibit an understanding of beekeeping even in a densely populated city such as Paris.
The honeybees raised in these beehives help pollinate many kinds of plants such as fruit trees, vegetables, and flowers, enriching the biodiversity of the surrounding area.
Moreover, the harvested honey is bottled and sold to employees, with the proceeds donated to a charity fund established by Konica Minolta Business Solutions France. The fund promotes cultural, artistic, and sporting activities for people with disabilities throughout the year. Through this initiative, the company is raising employees’ awareness of the preservation of biodiversity while also contributing to the community.
Beekeeping on the roof
Supporting the Green Marathon, the Objective of Which Is Reforestation
The Green Marathon has been held in Rennes, France since 2011 with the objective of reforestation in Ethiopia. In an endorsement of this goal, Konica Minolta Business Solutions France has continued to support the marathon since its inception.
The marathon intends to contribute to society in various ways, including the spirit of sport and the protection of the natural environment. It conducts an initiative to plant one tree per kilometer run by each participant, in order to support the restoration of forests. In 2019, the marathon resulted in the planting of nearly 120,000 trees. Since 2012, the cumulative distance run by participants has exceeded 840,000 kilometers, and a tree has been planted for every one of those kilometers.
Raising Environmental Awareness Through Volunteering
Every year, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. raises the sustainability awareness of its employees by offering them the opportunity to participate in volunteer activities with non-profit organizations. For the past five years, it has supported the non-profit Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization (MEVO) through volunteering and donations. As part of MEVO's “Seeds of Change” program, it supports a paid summer internship for a high school student to work on a farm and learn about sustainability and community leadership. The company also provide teams of employee volunteers two or three times a year. The volunteers help plant and harvest crops while learning about the local environment, as well as sustainable gardening and agriculture.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. employees also participate as volunteers with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, where they help to keep local parks, hiking trails and forests sustainable and accessible to the community. In 2020, in cooperation with the Arbor Day Foundation, employees are contributing to global reforestation activities by planting 10,000 trees in areas where forest fires have recently occurred.
New York/ New Jersey Trail Conference
Employees participating in Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization (MEVO)