Biodiversity and Environmental CSR
Biodiversity — plants, animals and micro-organisms — all rely on each other, as well as the air, water and soil ecosystems. Both businesses and humans are negatively affected by biodiversity loss, and the risks of jeopardizing the health of our critical ecosystems are great.
At Ricoh, we support a sustainable society. This includes not only reducing our environmental impact, but working to conserve biodiversity and enhance ecosystems. We believe these activities will not only heal the present environment, but set the stage for future repair and recovery.
Since 2010 employees from Ricoh Canada’s Headquarters volunteer to participate in the United Way Day of Caring held at Peace Ranch in Caledon, Ontario.
Peace Ranch’s mission is to help house and support adults suffering from serious mental illness and addictions, by providing a peaceful environment for individuals to work through their illnesses. The psychosocial rehabilitation and therapeutic programs are fundamental to the experience provided by Peace Ranch within a twenty-five-acre farm.
Our support for Peace Ranch over the years has grown with many employees returning year after year to contribute their time and efforts in making Peace Ranch an even better place for its residents. Ricoh Canada volunteers work in groups in a variety of activities that included weeding the garden, organizing seeds, fertilizer, and salt, clearing the land of wood, and planting new seeds in the greenhouse.
Think and act globally and locally
To coincide with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Environment Day, we initiated Ricoh Global Eco Action Day in 2005. On June 5 every year, all members of the Ricoh Group worldwide are encouraged to think about and take environmental actions, wear green to show their commitment, and share eco-mindfulness with a larger audience. Additionally, we turn off our billboards and signage — except for our solar- and wind-powered ones — for the day.
Some of the local actions taken by Ricoh employees include:
Cleaning up parks and shorelines.
Planting trees and native plants.
Hosting learning programs on environmental sustainability.
To further underscore the importance of sustainability, we work with partners from government and non-government organizations, as well as our stakeholders, to achieve shared goals.
We hope we inspire you to do more, too.
National Sweater Day for Climate Change
National Sweater Day is a fun way to learn about the importance of saving energy and to inspire you to use less heat all winter. In February Ricoh Canada celebrates National Sweater Day with a twist – we call it ‘Bad Sweater Day’ and encourage staff to put on their best "bad" sweaters and turn down the heat in recognition of climate change.