Konica Minolta Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Four Consecutive Years
RAMSEY, NJ –– Konica Minolta has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for four years in a row in recognition of its economic, environmental and social performance. Konica Minolta has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific) for the seventh 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 compliance and environmental dimension including climate strategy, environmental policy and management system, and information disclosure.
The DJSI World is the first global index to track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide and is provided by RobecoSAM, the Switzerland-based sustainability investment company, and S&P Dow Jones Indices in the U.S. It assesses corporate sustainability from economic, environmental and social developments. The index is highly recognized among global institutional investors who take a close look at CSR management and sustainability. In the annual review of the world’s 2,500 companies, 317 companies have been listed on the DJSI World and, within the list, 20 are Japanese companies including Konica Minolta.
Konica Minolta has established its “Medium-Term Environmental Plan 2016,” pursuing both the resolution of environmental issues and growth as a company. The plan is coupled with the business mid-term plan. For fiscal 2016, the company has established the goals for both reduction of environmental impact and corporate growth, and has been achieving consistent progress worldwide. Especially regarding the emissions of CO2, Konica Minolta sets the goal for reducing CO2 emissions not only at its production sites but also in procurement. With initiatives such as process improvement for reducing emissions in cooperation with local suppliers, Konica Minolta supports community and society to reduce environmental impact beyond the boundaries of its group companies. Under the brand proposition “Giving Shape to Ideas,” Konica Minolta is committed to remaining vital to society by driving CSR initiatives in its businesses and contributing to improving social quality through creation of new values.
Besides the DJSI World and DJSI Asia Pacific, Konica Minolta has been included in the FTSE4Good Global Index of the U.K.-based FTSE Group and the Japan-based Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index. The company has also been awarded RobecoSAM Gold Class, as well as Prime Status by the Germany-based oekom research AG and is among the best companies for corporate social responsibility (CSR) in its international industry segment. Konica Minolta has been listed by CDP on both the Climate Performance Leadership Index and CDP Japan 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index.
"Corporate citizenship is an integral part of Konica Minolta’s culture," says Kevin Kern, senior vice president, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A. "Our corporate philosophy - 'creation of new value' - goes beyond providing innovative solutions to meet our customers' business needs. By integrating sustainability into the core of our business, we can extend improved service offerings which demonstrate our commitment to addressing societal issues in our daily lives."