Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has been listed among the “2021 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” (2021 Global 100). Konica Minolta’s inclusion on this prestigious list will mark the fourth time and the third year in a row, following 2011, 2019 and 2020.
The Global 100 is announced annually by the Canada-based Corporate Knights at the meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), known as Davos Meeting. This year, the meeting will take place as a virtual “Davos Agenda” during the “Davos Week,” from January 25 through 29.
The 2021 Global 100 corporations that excel in sustainability were selected from among 8,080 major companies around the globe based on an evaluation of environmental, social and governance indicators as well as the ability to promote diversity and innovation and the percentage of sales of eco-friendly products. Five Japanese companies are on this global list of corporations that excel in sustainability.
Konica Minolta believes that pursuing a sustainable society also leads to enhanced sustainability for companies. Based on the belief, the company keeps enhancing its commitment to innovation that fosters new value creation. The aim is to realize both people-centered engagement with worksite professionals and the creation of a sustainable society, simultaneously building on the growth of the businesses.
Konica Minolta's Workplace Hub, for example, supports diverse work styles at our corporate clients while boosting productivity and creativity. Meanwhile, the Group’s bio-healthcare business is helping to deliver precision medicine. Improving quality of life for both caregivers and care recipients, the company’s HitomeQ Care Support service is streamlining workflows for caregivers. In yet another field, Konica Minolta’s gas monitoring solution makes gas leaks visible at plants using non-contact, remote-monitoring technology, thereby preventing accidents and helping to ensure the safety and security of urban areas.
Konica Minolta also addresses the global climate change which is also one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations: "Climate Action". As part of this, Konica Minolta Europe is taking strong efforts to mitigate the negative effect of climate change. For years, the company has been sourcing green power only, thus saving annually about 1,200 t of CO2. It further substitutes travels by using increasingly more virtual meetings. In the service and support area, Konica Minolta uses its remote visual support tool AIRe Link which has saved more than 3,000 on-site customers visits in 2020. Moreover, it offsets unavoidable CO2 emissions and supports renewable energy and reforestation as part of various climate compensation projects. The company also offers different sustainability services to its customers, to help them achieving their environmental goals such as bizhub ECO or the Enabling Carbon Neutrality programme.
Konica Minolta is integrating the strengths developed in its business over the decades with the latest digital technologies to provide high value-added products and services, thereby helping to achieve the SDGs.
 Due to Covid-19 concerns, WEF will hold the in-person special annual meeting 2021 in Singapore from May 13 through 16.
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment" stated that Konica Minolta is "recognised globally as a leader in print transformation". As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource). Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘"Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021" by Keypoint Intelligence. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With approximately 10,000 employees (as of April 2020), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over 2.34 billion in financial year 2019/2020.
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