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Konica Minolta Named to All ESG Indexes Adopted by the GPIF and Included in the FTSE4Good Index Series for 17 Consecutive Years

Tokyo (August 31, 2020) - Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has been named to all of the four responsible investment (RI) indexes adopted by Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)*1. These four indexes are the FTSE Blossom Japan Index, the MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index, the MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index and the S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index.
Konica Minolta has also been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series, which is one of the most well-known RI indexes in the world, for 17 consecutive years.

Konica Minolta’s Commitment to Sustainability

Konica Minolta remains committed to developing innovations that bring new values beneficial to the global environment and society, and that also support business growth. In doing so, the company aims to become a digital company with insight into implicit challenges, namely, a company capable of contributing to a sustainable society by continuing evolution together with customers through innovations.

In response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, which is the most recent and major social challenge, Konica Minolta has begun providing support and solutions in a wide range of fields, including thermal camera packages for body surface temperature screening, remote work solutions, social distance sign printing services, participation in the Open Covid-19 Declaration for utilizing patents, and chatbots that automatically answer questions relating to local governmental benefits, in addition to supporting on-site healthcare needs in Healthcare Business.

As part of its long-term environmental vision, "Eco Vision 2050," Konica Minolta has set the goal of reducing CO2emissions throughout the entire life cycle of its products by 80% by 2050, compared to fiscal 2005 levels. In addition, the company is committed to achieving the Carbon Minus Goal by 2030 through collaboration with stakeholders, including business partners, customers, and local communities, to achieve CO2 emissions reductions that exceed CO2 emissions throughout the lifecycle of its products. Utilizing its technologies and know-how in reducing carbon emissions together with stakeholders, if the emissions reduction from the stakeholders’ activities exceed the emissions from the Company’s products lifecycle, Konica Minolta's activities will result in negative CO2 emissions for society as a whole.

Through these efforts, Konica Minolta is striving to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while facilitating the evolution of the business community and human society.

Outline of Each Index

The FTSE4Good Index Series, which was introduced by FTSE Russell, a UK-based global index provider, lists companies around the world demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, and provides a means for investors and RI funds to select companies with good sustainability prospects for investment. The FTSE Blossom Japan Index is designed to include Japanese companies with excellent performance in ESG practices, and was selected by GPIF, the world’s largest public pension fund, as one of the ESG indexes for its passive investment strategy.

The MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index and the MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index are ESG indexes introduced in 2017 by MSCI Inc., a US-based global ESG research and index provider. These indexes were also adopted by the GPIF.

The S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index was launched jointly by S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the world’s major index providers, and Japan Exchange Group, Inc. Using TOPIX as a benchmark, it is designed to reduce exposure to high-carbon companies while maintaining the risk/return profile similar to that of their benchmarks. This index, too, was selected by GPIF as an environmental index.

Reference : Evaluation by External Parties

Konica Minolta is currently included in global ESG indexes and is ranked high in the ESG ratings, as shown below.

Dow Jones Sustainability Index (USA, Switzerland) World Index (DJSI World) : Included in the index consecutively since 2012
Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific) : Included in the index consecutively since 2009
FTSE4Good Index Series (UK) Included in the index consecutively since 2003
FTSE Blossom Japan Index (UK) Included in the index consecutively since its establishment in 2017
MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index (USA) Included in the index consecutively since its establishment in 2017
MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (USA) Included in the index consecutively since its establishment in 2017
S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index (USA, Japan) Included in the index consecutively since its establishment in 2018
S&P Global (USA) Awarded Silver Class in the SAM Sustainability Award 2020
Corporate Knights (Canada) Ranked among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (2011, 2019 and 2020)
oekom (Germany) Maintained the highest Prime Status since 2011
Ethibel (Belgium) Selected for the investment universe of Ethibel Pioneer and Ethibel Excellence (May 2020)

*1:The Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) is an independent administrative agency responsible for the management and administration of the employees’ pension and national pension reserve funds under control of the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

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