Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, announced that parent company – Konica Minolta Holdings Inc. – has been listed among "2011 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World" ("Global 100"), a global list of corporations that excel in sustainability.
Corporate Knights, the magazine for clean capitalism, in cooperation with its partners has announced the annual Global 100 list since 2005. Focusing on sustainability of corporations, the Global 100 analyzes a number of companies and their activities on a global scale based on environmental, social, governance, and financial data. After multiple layers of a strict review process, the Global 100 were selected from among approximately 3,500 companies around the globe.
Toby Heaps, editor-in-chief of Corporate Knights Magazine, says, "The Global 100 are charting out a new prosperity agenda reconciling the megatrend of sustainability with the mega-institution of the corporation. The kicker: sustainability can be a market-beating strategy, as the Global 100’s substantial outperformance demonstrates."
Konica Minolta regards corporate social responsibility (CSR) as corporate management itself and globally promotes social sustainability activities in every way. For a recent example, Konica Minolta initiated its own "Green Factory Certification System" to assess comprehensive environmental consideration at production sites in January 2010. As many as five business units have already achieved their targets in CO2 emissions reduction in January 2011, when those targets were originally meant to be achieved by the end of March 2012.
"Konica Minolta believes that the listing on the Global 100 reflects its group-wide commitment toward social and environmental consideration," says Kevin Kern, senior vice president, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc. "Konica Minolta will continue to impress upon its global customers, stakeholders, business partners, and employees that they can count on Konica Minolta to create new businesses that support global environment initiatives, and contribute to the sustainable development of human society."
Besides the Global 100, Konica Minolta has been ranked in the SAM Silver Class of the sustainability rating by the Switzerland-based SAM Group, and included in Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index by Dow Jones and SAM Group, FTSE4Good Global Index of the UK-based FTSE Group and the Japan-based Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index.