Print in the Channel - issue #13


Ricoh named as one of the 2024 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations

Ricoh has been recognised as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations. This marks the 12th selection for Ricoh, which was selected for 10 consecutive years from 2005 to 2014, and in 2023. The Global 100 is an annual ranking of the world’s most sustainable corporations published by Canada-based Corporate Knights. The assessment is executed across 25 key indicators that cover resource management, employee management, financial management, sustainable revenue and sustainable investment and supplier performance. The assessment results are announced each year during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The 20th annual ranking, the 2024 Global 100, assessed 6,733 publicly traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue. “This recognition is a testament to Ricoh’s continuous and accelerated commitment to sustainability that stems from our strategic policy to align ESG with business growth,” said

Mikako Suzuki, corporate officer in charge of ESG and Risk Management, Ricoh Company, Ltd. “We are honoured to be recognised again and excited to continue our contribution in solving social issues and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through its business activities.” Ricoh’s approach to sustainability is to pursue a sustainable society through a Three Ps Balance—Prosperity (economic), People (society) and Planet (environment). To realise this desired society, Ricoh has identified seven material issues in two areas, ‘Resolving social issues through business’ and ‘Robust management infrastructure,’ and set 16 ESG targets in linkage with the material to work toward solving these issues. In 2020, ESG initiatives were positioned as future financial targets, one of the dual companywide management targets along with regular financial goals, and since then ESG indicators have been incorporated into Ricoh’s executive compensation.

Mikako Suzuki

UK & Irish employees dissatisfied by outdated workplace technology

Implementing the latest technology, such as workplace experience platforms, AV solutions and enterprise content management enables employees to focus less on admin and more on value added activities. “What we’re noticing in the market is that more and more organisations are looking to re-imagine their workplaces to bridge the gap between employee expectations and the available technology,” said Dennis Scannell, director of Digital Service Consultancy at Ricoh UK. Without addressing these discrepancies, employers risk losing workers, who may seek alternate employment where their needs are better met. Indeed, 30% of workers cited working conditions and their employee experience as a reason they would look for another job, while just 18% of employees noted the quality of technology software and technological devices as a leading contributor to them seeking alternate employment. “We work with many UK businesses to transform their physical and digital workspace to be more collaborative and productive,” added Dennis.

New research from Ricoh Europe has revealed that there is a significant gap between employee expectations of technology in the workplace and what is currently provided by employers. The poll of 1,000 workers across the UK and Ireland, conducted by Opinium, found that 46% of UK and Irish employees believe that their employer lags behind when it comes to adopting technology that would benefit them in the workplace. More than a quarter (28%) report that their remote work set up hinders their productivity, and 58% said they are bogged down by high administrative burdens. What’s more, only 68% of employees believe their employers provide the necessary technology to do their jobs well – highlighting a significant missed opportunity. Businesses should look to process automation and workplace experience tools to improve collaboration and streamline repetitive workflows and tasks, ensuring workers are equipped to do their best work.



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