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Konica Minolta Named Industry Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, a Leading Global Index of ESG Investment, for Two Consecutive Years

Tokyo (October 2, 2018) – Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), one of the most prestigious global indices of ESG investment, for seven years in a row, and was again named Industry Leader on the DJSI World following last year with the highest total score earned in the three dimensions of economic, environmental and social.

Konica Minolta has also been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific) for 10 consecutive years.

Among all the companies in the Computers & Peripherals and Office Electronics sector, Konica Minolta has been ranked first in the environmental dimension for five consecutive years and in the social dimension for the first time, and received the highest score in total, which earned the company the prestigious title of Industry Leader for the second consecutive year.

In the economic dimension, Konica Minolta was also given the highest scores in its sector in the categories of Materiality, Risk & Crisis Management, Customer Relationship Management, Tax Strategy, Innovation Management, and Privacy Protection out of 10 categories.

CSR activities at Konica Minolta

1. Six Issues of Materiality Identified by Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta has identified the following six issues of materiality that need to be given priority in its CSR activities.

  • Environment
  • Social innovation
  • Customer satisfaction and product safety
  • Responsible supply chain
  • Human capital
  • Diversity

Konica Minolta is determined to promote group-wide efforts globally to address these issues of materiality with the aim of helping to solve global environmental issues, improving quality of life and eventually achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030.

2. Contribution to Solving Global Environmental Issues

The efforts of one company can make only a limited contribution to solving global environmental issues. Accordingly, Konica Minolta has been working together with its stakeholders, including business partners, customers and local communities, to reduce CO2 emissions from external sources and achieve the Carbon Minus* status by sharing its technologies and know-how.

*Carbon Minus
Carbon Minus is Konica Minolta’s commitment to achieving an 80% reduction of CO2 emissions throughout the lifecycles of its products by 2050 from the level of fiscal 2005, and to reducing CO2 emissions by more than the amount of CO2 emissions from its business activities through cooperation with stakeholders. If Konica Minolta can reduce its CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, the remaining 20% will be approximately equal to 400,000 tons. By sharing Konica Minolta’s technologies and know-how with stakeholders and reducing CO2 emissions by 400,000 tons or more annually, the amount of CO2 emissions resulting from Konica Minolta’s activities society-wide will be negative.

3. Development of Business to Contribute to Solving Social Issues

Konica Minolta believes that innovating the workflows of office, healthcare and other industrial workers will help solve various social issues. Thus the company is shifting its focus to a solution business that can contribute to solving social issues, by actively combining the latest digital technologies such as IoT, AI and robotics with its proprietary core technologies.

Specifically, Konica Minolta hopes to better cater to the needs of the aging society for nursing care by offering services to reduce the workload of nursing care staff.

With the full-fledged entry into precision medicine in fiscal 2017, Konica Minolta also aims to contribute to reducing medical costs to society by supporting pharmaceutical companies in drug discovery and enhancing the effectiveness of diagnostic services for individual patients.

■ About DJSI World

The DJSI World is the first global index to track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide and is provided by RobecoSAM, the Switzerland-based sustainability investment company, and S&P Dow Jones Indices in the U.S. It assesses corporate sustainability from economic, environmental and social developments. The index is highly recognized among global institutional investors who take a close look at CSR management and sustainability. In the annual review of the world’s 2,500 companies, 317 companies have been listed on the DJSI World and, within the list, 34 are Japanese companies including Konica Minolta.

■ Reference: Evaluation by External Parties

In addition to above, Konica Minolta is currently included in global ESG indexes and is ranked high in the CSR ratings, as shown below.

Dow Jones Sustainability Index (USA, Switzerland) ESG index 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 (UK) ESG index Included in the index consecutively since 2003
FTSE Blossom Japan Index (UK) ESG index Included in the index since its establishment in 2017
MSCI ESG Leaders Indexes (USA) ESG index Included in the index consecutively since 2010
*No information is available as to whether or not the company was included in the indexes prior to 2010.
*The index was renamed from MSCI Global SRI in 2017. 
MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index (USA) ESG index Included in the index since its establishment in 2017
MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (USA) ESG index Included in the index since its establishment in 2017
Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index (Japan)  ESG index Included in the index consecutively since 2003
RobecoSAM (Switzerland)  CSR rating Awarded Gold Class (February 2018)
ISS-oekom (Germany) CSR rating Maintained the highest Prime Status since 2011
Ethibel (Belgium) CSR rating Selected for the investment universe of Ethibel Pioneer and Ethibel Excellence (March 2018)
CDP (UK) Environmental rating Included on the Climate Change A List for the fourth time (October 2017)

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