Konica Minolta Included in FTSE4Good Global Index, Key International Standard for CSR Evaluation
Konica Minolta has been selected again for inclusion in the FTSE4Good Global Index, One of the Most Recognized Indices in the World for Socially Responsible Investment
Ramsey, N.J. - September 8, 2008 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, today announced its parent company, Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc., has been selected again this year for inclusion in the FTSE4Good Global Index, one of the most recognized indices in the world for socially responsible investment (SRI*).
This index is an evaluation in terms of the environment, society, and human rights of approximately 2,400 companies in 23 countries made by FTSE International Limited, which is jointly owned by the British business newspaper The Financial Times and the London Stock Exchange. Companies that meet the criteria based on this evaluation are included in the index, which is provided to SRI funds and other investors who are concerned about corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability as a selection reference. Using this index, investors can invest in companies that meet a series of internationally recognized, socially responsible standards on protecting the environment, building good relationships with stakeholders, and working to protect universal human rights.
"Konica Minolta has taken a proactive approach to CSR through an enhanced corporate management system that addresses environmental issues, a compliance system that covers broad ethical standards, and ongoing communication with stakeholders," said Kevin Kern, Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "Our organization's continued inclusion in the FTSE4Good Global Index reflects the very positive evaluation of these efforts."
Currently, approximately 900 companies have been included in the FTSE4Good Global Index. Qualifying companies are selected semi-annually, and the selection criteria for the index are consistently revised according to the current state of SRI and CSR, making this designation more and more difficult. Konica Minolta has been included since March 2003.
About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop. In 2008, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys. For more information, please visit www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us.
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NOTE TO EDITORS: * SRI (Socially Responsible Investment) - The selection of investments by investors and shareholders based on criteria that include whether corporate responsibility is being fulfilled in terms of aspects such as the environment, society, and ethics in addition to financial considerations. Konica Minolta is a trademark of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.