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Konica Minolta Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Press release from the issuing company

Company Recognized for Economic, Environmental and Social Best Practices 

Ramsey, N.J. – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. today announces that parent company Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the second year in a row. Konica Minolta has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific) for the fifth consecutive year.

This year Konica Minolta has earned the highest evaluation in the Computers & Peripherals and Office Electronics sector for its economic initiatives including innovation management and risk management. The company has also been praised for its environmental policy and management systems and other environmental initiatives.

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 S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM, 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, 333 companies have been listed in the DJSI World and within the list, 21 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 the challenges its customers and society face and, by giving shape to the ideas that respond to social needs with breakthrough innovations, continues offering effective solutions to difficult situations from a global-minded point of view. These activities and recognitions are the results of, and closely coordinated in, the company’s Three Green Activities: Green Products Certification System; Green Factory Certification System; and Green Marketing Activities. These activities will help Konica Minolta drive its sustainability, enhance the sustainability of its customers and society, and reach the goals in the Medium-Term Environmental Plan 2015.

"Konica Minolta continues to prioritize and promote sustainability practices as an integral part of our global management strategy," says Kevin Kern, senior vice president, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "Our inclusion in both the DJSI World and Asia Pacific indices reflects our group-wide commitment to social and environmental considerations across our business."

In addition to the DJSI World and DJSI Asia Pacific Indexes, 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, as being among the best companies for CSR in its international industry segment. In addition, 16 models of bizhub MFPs (multi-functional peripheral) have been awarded the US-based EPEAT* “Gold” status. The Konica Minolta bizhub C554e series is also the first laser-based MFP series that meets the newly revised, German-based Blue Angel Mark criteria (RAL-UZ 171).

Click here to view awards received by Konica Minolta to date.


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