Recognized for Economic, Environmental and Social Performance on Renowned Global Social Responsibility Index
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announces that its parent company – Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. – has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the first time in recognition of its economic, environmental and social performance. In addition, this is the fourth consecutive year that Konica Minolta has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific).
Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are the first global sustainability indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. Provided by Dow Jones and SAM Group, the Switzerland-based sustainability investment company, the indexes assess corporate sustainability from economic, environmental and social developments. In the annual DJSI review of the world's 2,500 companies, 340 companies have been listed in the DJSI World and within the list, 20 are Japanese companies including Konica Minolta.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is positioned at the center of corporate management at Konica Minolta. Across the Group, Konica Minolta promotes social sustainability activities that are closely aligned to the core of its businesses for contribution to society, in sync with driving growth of the company on a worldwide basis. Under the communication message "Giving Shape to Ideas," Konica Minolta strives to take on challenges its customers and society face and, by giving shape to the ideas that respond to social needs with breakthrough innovations, continue offering effective solutions to difficult situations from a global-minded point of view.
Environmental initiatives such as prevention of global warming play an important part of Konica Minolta's CSR efforts. The worldwide Group companies have been working on three Green Activities: the Green Products Certification System; the Green Factory Certification System; and the Green Marketing activities. In addition, Konica Minolta keeps enhancing risk management to continue its operation and to fulfill corporate responsibility through natural disasters or fast-paced changes in the economic environment.
"Konica Minolta remains committed to being a responsible partner in all sectors of our business and on a global scale. Our inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index reflects our progress in this crucial area of corporate management," said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "Konica Minolta will continue efforts to help the global environment and contribute to sustainable development so that customers can count on Konica Minolta for all their document management needs, as well as support for environmental initiatives worldwide."
Besides the DJSI World and DJSI Asia Pacific, Konica Minolta has been included in the FTSE4Good Global Index of the UK-based FTSE Group and the Japan-based Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index. The company has also been awarded with Prime Status by Germany-based oekom research AG, among the best companies for CSR in its international industry segment.