Konica Minolta Awarded with SAM Silver Class for the Second Consecutive Year;
Global recognition as a leading company in sustainability
Tokyo (March 8, 2011) – Konica Minolta Holdings Inc., (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded with SAM Silver Class for the second consecutive year.
SAM (Sustainable Asset Management) Group, based in Switzerland, is an investment boutique focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing. Every year SAM invites the world's largest 2,500 companies to participate in the Corporate Sustainability Assessment. Results are analyzed in terms of economic, environmental and social issues with a focus on long-term value creation. Recently SAM has released its annual “Sustainability Yearbook 2011” in which 103 companies are awarded with Gold Class, 92 companies including Konica Minolta with Silver Class and 77 companies with Bronze Class.
Konica Minolta regards corporate social responsibility (CSR) as corporate management itself and aims at pursuing and creating new “values” sought by the society. For the second year in a row, the company's group-wide efforts, including mid to long-term initiatives to reduce environmental impact and strengthening corporate governance, have received global recognition as a leading company that contributes to sustainable earth and society.
Besides SAM Silver Class, Konica Minolta has been selected in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World by Canada-based Corporate Knights Inc. and included in Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index by Dow Jones and SAM Group, FTSE4Good Global Index of the UK-based FTSE Group, and the Japan-based Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index.
Through development of innovative technologies, Konica Minolta will continue efforts to create new businesses that help global environment and contribute to sustainable development of human society.
For additional information on Konica Minolta's CSR and environmental efforts, visit