Konica Minolta Awarded with RobecoSAM Gold Class for the First Time
-- Global Recognition as Top-Tier Company in Corporate Sustainability Assessment --
Tokyo (February 4, 2013) - Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that the company has been awarded with RobecoSAM Gold Class for the first time.
RobecoSAM, based in Switzerland, is an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing. RobecoSAM invites over 3,000 of the world's largest 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 RobecoSAM has released its annual “Sustainability Yearbook 2013” in which 67 companies including Konica Minolta are awarded with Gold Class, 52 companies with Silver Class and 197 companies with Bronze Class. Three Japanese companies including Konica Minolta are awarded with Gold Class.
Konica Minolta regards corporate social responsibility (CSR) as corporate management itself and, while globally driving strong growth, aims at pursuing and creating new “values” sought by society through integration of its business and CSR activities. The company's group-wide efforts, including mid- to long-term initiatives to reduce environmental impact, implementation of high-level compliance across the board and commitment to address social challenges based on its innovations, have received global recognition as a top-class company that contributes to sustainable earth and society.
Besides RobecoSAM Gold Class, Konica Minolta has been included in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index by Dow Jones and RobecoSAM, FTSE4Good Global Index of the UK-based FTSE International Limited, and Japan-based Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index. The company has also been awarded with Prime Status by Germany-based oekom research AG, among the best companies for CSR in its worldwide industry segment.
Changing into a “Global Company” essential to and supported by society worldwide under the Communication Message “Giving Shape to Ideas,” Konica Minolta will continue efforts to create new businesses that help global environment and contribute to sustainable development of human society.
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