Sustainability by default Sustainability initiatives have long been a checkbox on the corporate agenda. Business sites, supply chain and production are organised towards achieving resource efficiency and cost savings, but ‘sustainability’ remains either a convenient byproduct or the accompanying simple rationale required to bring change. Nowadays, doing the right thing by embracing sustainable practices from the inception is the only way for
businesses to expand and achieve even greater loyalty among their customer base to build responsible, purpose-driven brands.
Companies that truly reap the benefits and receive perpetual returns are those that regard sustainability as a source of innovation, reinvent their business models to ingrain and extend these principles and redesign their products to bring factual change. Improving the organisation’s bottom line while upholding best practices becomes part of the result.
Global CEOs whose opinions resonate throughout the world are those that recognise the need to cement sustainability objectives and outcomes as something fundamental, strategic and as the catalyst for positive change.
In today’s new world of work, Ricoh delivers solutions and services that help our customers rethink their print infrastructure, reinvent essential flows of information to achieve efficiency and high-performance, but more importantly, to consolidate a genuinely sustainable workplace environment. At Ricoh we have resources and expertise to help you integrate your sustainability initiatives into every aspect of your business.
Our portfolio of products, services and product features give our customers the choice to proactively embed sustainability and best practice in their everyday work. The programmes we’ve designed have been tried, tested and help customers discover, transform and manage their sustainability targets to deliver concrete results. Trust our teams with the right expertise and necessary tools to revolutionise your workplace and set your organisation up for sustainable business growth.
Transparency of the environmental impact
We’ve set our targets, but sustainability is truly all encompassing and unlike what is often perceived, negative environmental impact is not always something that largely occurs in the production phase.
A Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) shows us that the within the lifespan of a typical Ricoh product*, the largest impact – more than 60% - occurs in the In-Use phase with paper accounting for 78%. Traditionally, the In-Use phase is solely controlled by customers, however it’s easy to literally leave anyone to their own devices.
This is why we take the responsibility and commitment to help our customers not only optimise and get the most out of their infrastructure and investment but also to operate a sustainable business model that is innovative, within a sustainable society.
Discovering Ricoh’s portfolio of sustainability services, products and product features
Ricoh Sustainability Management Services has a focused portfolio of sustainability services, products and product features that will help you achieve energy efficiency, resource conservation and enhanced human wellbeing at your workspace, no matter the size of your document management fleet in your home office, corporation or a print shop. Our offerings range from optimising your current infrastructure for energy and resource efficiency, to fulfilling carbon-balanced print services, remote diagnostics & monitoring, waste minimisation and elimination, ensuring user safety and security, an end-of-life recycling programme – and much more.
|How Ricoh can help customers
to become more energy efficient and achieve net-zero carbon footprint
|Ricoh’s energy efficient products can help you reduce the energy consumption and running costs of your operations. Carbon Balance services will help you offset your remaining unavoidable carbon footprint leaving the smallest
environmental footprint possible.
|How Ricoh can help customers
to become more resource smart
|Ricoh’s “Reduce, Re-use, Recycle” offerings can help you contribute to efficient resource management in your workspace, by helping with your organizational resource conservation targets or practical waste minimization initiatives.|
|How Ricoh can help customers
to enhance well-being
|Next to environmental credentials, we can also help you to better cater for the social needs within your organization, by having offerings addressing inclusivity, end-user well-being and workstyle transformation
to enhance the new way of working.
Products and services to optimise your energy use and achieve net-zero carbon emissions
To optimise energy use, reduce carbon emissions and running costs, Ricoh offers a variety of energy saving products and services:
Energy efficient products – Through innovations like Quick Start-Up technology, low energy sleep mode, a short recovery time from sleep to operating mode and a reduced toner fusion point, many of our products are top class in energy efficiency, both in terms of TEC1 values as defined by ENERGY STAR programme and the actual power consumption values.
Energy management tools and software – The majority of our MFPs and printers are compatible with the remote diagnostics tool @Remote. Environmental Sustainability metrics in @Remote diagnostic give you an excellent overview of the sustainability performance of Ricoh fleet. Our consultants are at your disposal to share insights on the sustainability performance of each device, even compare the actual device performance per month against the set baseline targets. Based on this regular interventions can be made, such as correcting, replicating and
Many of our products come with built-in and add-on features designed to boost energy efficiency. The most energy efficient settings on your MFP or printer called EcoMode are activated by the very short Auto Off timer setting lowering your power consumption, running costs and carbon footprint while super-fast Recovery time makes sure there is no impact on your productivity.
Eco Night sensor on certain low-end printer models shifts the device to the Sleep mode thanks to a sensor which
detects darkness. The Weekly Timer on our multifunctional products switches off the device during the night and
weekends. If required devices can be easily re-started to be ready for use within a few seconds. Some newer devices are also equipped with an innovative motion sensor, which senses an approaching user by detecting the differences in body temperature versus the surrounding environment.
The system will awake from Sleep Mode and turn on the operation panel within a second so it is ready to begin job programming by the time the user arrives at the machine.
Within our sustainability portfolio of products and services that address the challenge of energy efficiency, we offer the Sustainability Optimisation Programme. This programme is a service adopting a consultancy-based approach to help you achieve a measurable reduction in your CO2 emissions by optimising your document production and reducing your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) within the In-Use phase.
While demonstrating the environmental impact of the In-Use phase, the Sustainability Optimisation Programme offers transparency from the start. It gives insights into the carbon footprint of your Ricoh office equipment at the stages of raw materials extraction, manufacturing and assembly and distribution to the delivery destination, the so-called Pre-Use2.
Our approach consists of five steps that will help you to achieve an average reduction of 34% in carbon emissions and 29% in your TCO. To complete the path towards a zero carbon footprint, we analyse, design, implement, govern and neutralise.
This programme is founded on a vast pool of experience in analysis and implementation, having completed more than 10,000 green audits since its launch covering both SMBs and large corporations across Europe. Through these insights, we have continuously innovated and evolved to accommodate for the needs of our customers by improving our sustainable hardware product lines, tailoring software designed to optimise workflows, reduce waste and overflow and by bringing about change management by facilitating environmental awareness with the use of our solutions.
In addition, the Sustainability Optimisation programme has been accredited by SGS, complying with ISO standards and recognised as a factual way to calculate greenhouse gas emissions from document printing in a transparent and reproducible way.
Carbon Balanced Production Printing - A three-step consultancy approach that helps production print service providers whether a specialist reprographic company or a print room in a larger organisation to analyse, optimise and neutralise carbon emissions.
Products and services to help you get more Resource Smart
Ricoh’s sustainability offerings include a rich portfolio of Reduce, Re-use, Recycle products and services to optimise your waste management and (re-)use of valuable resources, cut costs and environmental harm:
Pre-owned devices, parts & supplies are designed for circularity, to keep the flow of materials and their value add as long as possible ideally achieving the residual waste close to zero.
|Print&Share Eco print driver - an outstanding innovation that sets a new benchmark for the responsible use of resources in parallel saving costs and time. It helps a customer reduce paper and avoid paper waste in just one click, by:
• Eliminates unwanted prints, such as pages with only a URL or blank pages
It can be installed alongside any Ricoh printer driver on every Ricoh MFP and printer.
|Software solutions to avoid paper waste and ensure confidentiality – Moving from paper to digital is a great way
to optimise your paper output and reduce your environmentalimpact. Ricoh’s comprehensive software portfolio can help you get more Resource Smart without the hassle. To name a few:• We can help you take your information from hardcopy or legacy digital files right to the Cloud.
With Ricoh document conversion solutions utilising Optical Characters Recognition you can access
your data faster with paperless processes reducingcosts of consumables and energy wastage;
• eSignature technology helps you with smooth transitionfrom paper-heavy documentation to environmentally
friendly digital signature collection and verification.
|Ricoh papers for office and production printing have some clear environmental benefits:
• Paper mills producing paper for Ricoh use resources from sustainable managed forests.
• Paper mills hold the ISO 14001 and EU Eco label.
• Ricoh paper has FSC and PEFC certifications.
Also Ricoh devices are designed to work optimally with recycled paper, which fulfils the criteria of the EN12281 standard.
Our latest devices are designed smaller and lighter. Latest MFPs designed smaller and lighter. Our full-colour RICOH MP C6004 is over 65% lighter and 37% smaller in the dimensions than previous models in their class3.
Use of alternative materials - Some newer multifunctional products are even more resource efficient in their design as increasing use is made of alternative raw materials as steel scrap for MFP’s mainframes, post-consumer PET plastic recovered from household waste soft drinks bottles in Ricoh’s toner bottles, or plant-based bioplastics used in some outer parts of our office and production printing devices.
Other resource efficient features include standard high speed duplex, staple-less finisher allowing to staple up to five pages without using a metal staple. Our latest devices are equipped with an eco friendly widget on the smart operation panel which sends users hints for conserving paper and indicates how much paper you are saving by printing “green”.
End of life management – our office and production printing customers get an access to an easy return of used consumables and parts that are recovered for post-consumer life at our remanufacturing centers.
Products and services for safe, productive and sustainable workplace
Ricoh’s human well-being solutions include products and services addressing inclusivity, enduser well-being, comfort and security:
Our portfolio of hardware to foster the workstyle innovation at your office improve efficiency, collaboration, work-life balance while decreasing travel costs and carbon footprint. Use Ricoh Unified Communication Systems to allow users to participate from afar via video conferencing driving your business goals forward with no harm to the environment. Ricoh Interactive Whiteboards help you modernize the way you conduct meetings, workshops, and lectures. Advanced tools – such as the ability to convert handwriting to text – give you an engaging presentation platform that’s easy to edit and mark-up, without the resource abuse. Ricoh Mobile Printing solutions support
User/operator well-being – Users of Ricoh’s office MFP’s and printers as well as production printing devices can rest assured that no risks to their health can be expected as a result of toners and emissions if these products are used as intended and subjected to proper maintenance and cleaning. Ricoh printing products and toner formulations currently on the market are subjected to in-depth internal and external product and quality inspections and meet all required occupational health and safety legislation.
Among Ricoh supplies we also have the latex ink for large format series that are not only environment-friendly but also have the reduced operator’s health impact due to no odour and a low level of emissions as volatile organic compounds.
Inclusive design and accessibility solutions to meet the requirements of any end-user - Ricoh MFP’s are equipped with various accessibility to ensure an inclusive workplace. These features are tiltable operation panel, normal & reverse grip on easy sliding trays, accessibility handle and many more. New MFP’s can be also enhanced with the Accessibility app helping people with visual impairment operate Ricoh’s MFP’s through specifically designed screens and talk-back technology.
Through a combination of Ricoh secure hardware, software and technical expertise, we help our customers improve print security and confidentiality. Ricoh’s print security assessments create an optimal state of security around a hardcopy device by understanding threats and vulnerabilities to customers’ information assets. This standardised approach encompasses the analysis, optimisation and governance of the state of print security for customers’ most valuable information assets. And as the last step we offer the Full Data Cleansing service at end of contract
Sustainability at Ricoh
Ricoh has been always on the upfront of the sustainable product design announcing its material- recirculating Comet Circle philosophy back in 1994. The Comet Circle prescribes how Ricoh products are designed, manufactured, used, and recovered as we move towards the circular economy business model. With increased functionality and performance, your Ricoh products do more, require less energy and resources to manufacture and use, and are easily reused and recycled.
All Ricoh products are compliant to local, national and international Health & Safety legislation. We provide Safety Data Sheets and Product Environmental info for products we put on the market. Next to low Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC) rates with ENERGY STAR® programme, Ricoh devices enjoy the highest number of EPEAT® Gold rankings. It is Ricoh intention to keep on meeting the European standards for energy and resource
efficiency as the Blue Angel Mark.
Ricoh has been consequently recognised by CDP high climate disclosure and performance scores. Ricoh’s practical approach to sustainability in their supply chain has been rated highly by EcoVadis sustainability survey.
With Ricoh’s sustainability technology you can enable workstyle innovation while demonstrating responsible environmental stewardship in so many way. Take advantage of our unique sustainability offerings to uncover savings and distinguish your business as a leader in a sustainable way.
Vodafone’s Mobile green IT printing initiative
To reduce the environmental impact of its office print environment, Vodafone launched a Green IT ‘Less Paper Office’ initiative which aimed to achieve:
• Smaller carbon footprint.
• Lower Total Cost of Ownership.
• Improved service delivery.
• Increased security.
• Managed global print service.
The Ricoh Solution
Ricoh has developed an eco-efficient print infrastructure for the
group supporting Vodafone’s flexible work and mobility strategy
• Green office environmental survey.
• Global/local project management.
• Standardised best-fit technology.
• Dedicated on-site service support.
• Detailed global/local reporting.
Global rationalisation and standardisation has increased the employee to device ratio by 300% (from an average 20:1 to 60:1), has reduced paper consumption by up to 75% in some regions and has led to an average 50% reduction of annual office print cost per user. Additionally, it has helped the company achieve significant and sustainable reductions in its carbon footprint by almost 3 million kilograms per annum.