Ricoh Asia Pacific wins The President’s Award for the Environment 2016

Ricoh Asia Pacific has been awarded by the Ministry of the Environment & Water Resources for Singapore’s highest accolade, The President’s Award for the Environment 2016. This award recognises an organisation that has made significant contributions towards the environment and water resources sustainability in Singapore.

The award ceremony took place on 27th September at The Istana, the official residence and the office of the President of Singapore. Ricoh Asia Pacific is honoured and proud to be the first Japanese Multinational Corporation in the Office Imaging Equipment & Solution industry to receive the award from Singapore President Tony Tan on this day.

Mr. Kazuhisa Goto, Managing Director of Ricoh Asia Pacific and China expressed his excitement said: “We are very happy and honoured to be the first Japanese Company in our business industry to receive this highest recognition in Singapore.

We began our environmental journey in 2004 and work closely with many government bodies to come out with programmes that aim to conserve the environment and enhance the environmental awareness to wider public. As a Group effort, Ricoh’s sustainable environmental management began as early as 1970s to engage and balance the environmental conservation activities with business sustainability. We are very positive of what we have achieved so far and we look forward for even more sustainability plans ahead that will continue to bring value to people and the society.”

Ricoh Asia Pacific has demonstrated an active role in supporting the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint’s theme: A Leading Green Economy, steadily and steadfastly. The company inculcated the Eco Office concept into their office environment in 2005 and since then, Ricoh actively engaged in environmental conservation activities with governmental organisations such as National Parks Board, National Environment Agency, Public Utility Board and the Nature Society (Singapore).

Some of the significant activities includes adopting of the Tanjong Pagar RICOH Park in 2005, and the Marina Reservoir in 2014, the Butterfly Trail @ Orchard project in 2010, and participated in annual tree-planting activities in conjunction with the Clean and Green Singapore movement. To date, over 3,000 tree samplings have been planted since 2005.

Ricoh Asia Pacific is also the pioneer and organiser who initiated an annual Eco Action Day campaign in Singapore in 2007 to commemorate the World Environment Day. In its 10th year this year, Ricoh have rallied over 800 organisations to take positive actions to reduce environmental impact.

While there is a cross culture barrier to reach out to the Japanese community in Singapore, Ricoh Asia Pacific took the lead to engage the local Japanese community by producing Japanese Marina Barrage brochure, PUB World Water Day posters and Sustainable Singapore Blueprint storybooks.

All these commendable environmental sustainability efforts in Singapore has indeed strengthen Ricoh Asia Pacific’s position as an environmentally friendly organisation who constantly strived to and has contributed significantly in the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint’s theme: A Leading Green Economy.

For more information about the President’s Award for the Environment 2016: http://www.mewr.gov.sg/pae/award-recipients/2016

About Ricoh

Ricoh is a global technology company that has been transforming the way people work for more than 80 years. Under its corporate tagline – imagine. change. – Ricoh continues to empower companiesand individuals with services and technologies that inspire innovation, enhance sustainability and boost business growth. These include document management systems, IT services, production print solutions, visual communications systems, digital cameras, and industrial systems.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in approximately 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2016, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,209 billion yen (approx. 19.6 billion USD).

For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com

For media enquiries, please contact

Ms Masayo Hada

Deputy Senior Manager

Regional Environmental Management Group

Ricoh Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Email: masayo_hada@rapp.ricoh.com

Ms Wong Yee Thing

Manager

Regional Environmental Management Group

Ricoh Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Email: yeething_wong@rapp.ricoh.com

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