Konica Minolta Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Three Consecutive Years
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Press release from the issuing company
Highest Score in Economic and Environmental Dimensions in the Sector
SINGAPORE - Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for three years in a row in recognition of its economic, environmental and social performance.
The DJSI World is the first global index to track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide, provided by RobecoSAM, the Switzerland-based sustainability investment company, and S&P Dow Jones Indices in the US, and assess corporate sustainability from economic, environmental and social developments. In the annual review of the world's 2,500 companies, 319 companies have been listed in the DJSI World and, within the list, 21 are Japanese companies including Konica Minolta.
Konica Minolta has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific) for the sixth consecutive year.
This year Konica Minolta has earned the highest evaluation in the Computers & Peripherals and Office Electronics sector for economic dimension including innovation management and risk management and environmental dimension including climate strategy and environmental policy and management system.
At the start of fiscal 2014, Konica Minolta launched its new medium-term business plan "TRANSFORM 2016," transforming its business in each and every sector it operates by thoroughly responding to evolving needs of the customers. The company is driving its quest to create values through enhanced offering of products and solution services contributing to overcoming problems faced by customers and society.
Reaffirming its commitment to environmental protection, the Konica Minolta Group's medium-term environmental plan has also been renewed, based on "TRANSFORM 2016." With the concept of pursuing both the resolution of environmental challenges and enhancement in corporate competitiveness, the new Medium-Term Environmental Plan 2016 has established goals in fiscal 2016 in terms of reduction in environmental impact and growth in corporate value. Among others, the medium-term environmental plan sets CO2 reduction targets related to procurement in addition to CO2 reduction targets for the Group's production sites. Global cooperation with suppliers on various process improvement has been translated into lower carbon emissions. These initiatives are not only helping partners achieve energy saving and cost-cutting but also utilizing Konica Minolta's expertise in assisting lower carbon emissions in regions and society beyond the Group.
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 RobecoSAM Silver Class, as well as with Prime Status by the Germany-based oekom research AG, among the best companies for CSR in its international industry segment. In November 2013, Konica Minolta was named to both Climate Performance Leadership Index and Climate Disclosure Leadership Index in CDP* Japan 500.
Under the brand proposition "Giving Shape to Ideas," Konica Minolta is committed to remain vital to society by driving CSR initiatives in its businesses and contributing to improving social quality.
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