Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. announces that its parent company – Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) – has been included in the FTSE4Good Global Index by the FTSE Group in the UK, one of the best known indices in the world for socially responsible investment (SRI) communities. This marks the tenth year in a row that Konica Minolta earned this recognition.
The FTSE4Good Global is provided by FTSE, an independent company owned by the London Stock Exchange Group. The FTSE Group confirms that Konica Minolta has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria, and has satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series. Created by the global index company FTSE Group, FTSE4Good is an equity index series that is designed to facilitate investment in companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards. Companies in the FTSE4Good Index Series have met stringent environmental, social and governance criteria, and are positioned to capitalize on the benefits of responsible business practice.
In January 2009, Konica Minolta emphasized its long-term environmental vision, “Eco Vision 2050,” with the goal of reducing product carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050. Other goals include: promoting recycling and effective use of the Earth’s limited natural resources; and working to promote the restoration and preservation of biodiversity. Konica Minolta aims to meet these goals by maximizing efficiency and minimizing environmental impact not only in Konica Minolta’s offices, but also in the offices of customers.
Besides the FTSE4Good Global Index, Konica Minolta has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index by Dow Jones and RobecoSAM and the Japan-based Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index. The company has also been awarded with Prime Status by Germany-based oekom research AG, one of the best companies for CSR in its worldwide industry segment.
“Konica Minolta’s ongoing approach to CSR includes a strategic corporate management system that addresses environmental issues as a key initiative across all aspects of the organization,” says Kevin Kern, senior vice president, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “Celebrating ten years of inclusion in the FTSE4Good Global Index demonstrates why customers can count on Konica Minolta for commitment to socially responsible business practices.”