Konica Minolta Rewarded for Sustainable Investment Standards With Globally Renowned Distinctions
Konica Minolta, Inc. has Received Three Globally Relevant Social Responsibility Rewards in February 2015, Which Underscore the Engagement and Leading Role of the Company in Sustainable Investment Standards
RAMSEY, NJ (February 24, 2015) - Konica Minolta, Inc.(Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce they are the recipient of the FTSE4Good Global Index, oekom research "Prime" and RobecoSAM Gold Awards this year. These globally relevant indices and awards are remarkable proof points for Konica Minolta who recognizes sustainability as an essential strategic pillar. "We are pleased to see that our long-term initiatives and efforts are meeting the high industry standards," says Olaf Lorenz, General Manager International Marketing Division Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH. "We use our know-how to create tangible new value in order to resolve the challenges faced by customers and wider society. This is why we are convinced that as a sustainable company it is our duty to create value for both society and ourselves by integrating efforts to resolve social issues and improve corporate competitiveness and profits. The Creation of New Value is one of Konica Minolta's basic principles."
FTSE4Good Global Index for Twelfth Consecutive Year
One of the best known indices in the world for socially responsible investment (SRI) communities, FTSE4Good Global Index by FTSE Group* (FTSE) in the U.K., has again included Konica Minolta in the index. This is the twelfth year in a row that Konica Minolta has earned the recognition. In the most recent evaluation, Konica Minolta has been awarded with a full score in the corporate governance and pollution and resources aspects, as well as high marks in the climate change aspects.
FTSE 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, 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.
RobecoSAM Gold honours sustainability investment of Konica Minolta
RobecoSam, based in Switzerland, is an investment specialist focused exclusively on sustainability investment. Recently RobecoSAM has released its annual "Sustainability Yearbook 2015" in which 69 companies are ranked as Gold Class. Five Japanese companies including Konica Minolta are awarded Gold Class. Among the Computers & Peripherals and Office Electronics sector, Konica Minolta is the only Japanese company that ranks Gold Class. In this year's assessment, Konica Minolta has earned the highest evaluation in the Computers & Peripherals and Office Electronics sector for its economic initiatives including innovation management and risk management, as well as for environmental initiatives on climate change strategies, environmental policy and its management.
For the second time after 2013, Konica Minolta has now been rewarded the Gold Class Award as one of the top companies in its industry. Economic, environmental and social dimensions have been the categories for the assessment of more than 3,000 of the world's largest companies with a focus on long-term value creation.
oekom research receives "Prime Status" for the fifth time for Konica Minolta
Germany-based oekom research AG (oekom) is one of the world's leading rating agencies and is known for its internationally-acclaimed researches in sustainable investment and sustainability ratings. In its 2015 Corporate Rating oekom has awarded Konica Minolta "Prime Status" as one of global leading companies for corporate social responsibility within the industry segment of electronic device and appliance. The company has maintained Prime Status for five years since 2011. A company is given Prime Status if it ranks among the best companies in the same industry segment in the overall rating.
*FTSE Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange and a world leader in the provision of global index and analytical solutions. FTSE indices are used extensively by investors worldwide for investment analysis, performance measurement and asset allocation, among others.
About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is one of the world's leaders in information management focused on enterprise content, technology optimization and cloud services. Our portfolio of offerings deliver solutions to improve our customers' speed to market, manage technology costs, and facilitate the sharing of information to increase productivity. The All Covered IT Services division offers a range of IT strategy, support, project and cloud computing solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has won numerous awards and recognition, including placement in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services (MPS) and Managed Content Services (MCS). Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for eight consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for three years in a row. For more information, please visit: www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
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