July 12, 2024

Ricoh launches ocean and river cleanups as part of global SDGs month

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Ricoh Southern Africa has launched a series of nationwide ocean and river cleanup activities as part of the company’s Earth Month and Ocean Month campaigns, and in solidarity with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative.

“Every June is Global SDGs Action Month for Ricoh, a significant occasion that contributes toward achieving SDGs by addressing environmental concerns and promoting sustainability,” says Jacques van Wyk, CEO of Ricoh Southern Africa.

“This year we’ve embarked on a series of cleanup events, joining forces with non-profit organisations The Ocean CleanUp and Alexandra Water Warriors in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg to create awareness, and reiterate the importance of recycling and reducing pollution on both land and ocean to ensure we protect and preserve our environment. This aligns directly with our sustainability goals and values.”

The projects kicked off in Cape Town in May with a beach cleanup at Blouberg. In June, Ricoh staff have been invited to a cleanup on Durban beachfront, while later this month Ricoh’s head office staff has been tasked with joining Alexandra Water Warriors for a community cleanup at Jukskei Park.

SDGs Action Month coincides with Ricoh’s global commitment to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) goals that will see it cut carbon emissions by 63% by 2030 and become carbon-neutral by 2050.

Ricoh was recently selected as a member of the S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2023, with a score within the top 5% in its industry.

“We prioritise sustainability by implementing recycling initiatives and promoting the segregation of plastic, paper, cans and glass as an integral part of our daily operations in the office,” explains Van Wyk. “To further contribute to environmental conservation, our printers are constructed using recycled materials, and we ensure empty toner cartridges are appropriately recycled and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.”

Ricoh is committed to focusing its volunteering activities in support of local communities, which feeds into the company’s overarching ESG theme of “Inclusion in the Workplace”: an intentionally broad concept to supporting a range of local activities such as placement programmes for disadvantaged groups, STEM and STEAM education programmes, fundraising, volunteering partnerships with non-governmental organisations, as well as support for digital reskilling, CV writing and interview skills.

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