Konica Minolta: Driving Sustainability Through Innovation
Konica Minolta has recycled over one and a half million printer cartridges through the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ program. We talk to Anastasia Konstantelos, Konica Minolta’s Corporate Responsibility Leader about her passion for how innovation can contribute to creating a sustainable earth.
Why does Konica Minolta remain a strong supporter of ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’?
Konica Minolta was one of the first companies to become a member of the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program’. Thanks to the program all Konica Minolta toner cartridges placed in ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ boxes or dropped off at participating retail outlets and workplaces are diverted from landfill and recycled.
Konica Minolta is strongly committed to environmental sustainability and have formulated Eco Vision 2050 with the aspirational goal of helping to shape a future in which all people on earth equally enjoy nature’s gifts in a sustainable way. We also have Medium-Term Environmental Plan 2016, an action plan pushing us toward Eco Vision 2050 by matching environmental solutions with business growth.
The ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ program promotes recycling and the effective use of the earth’s limited resources, which contributes to our goals.
What interests you personally about working in sustainability?
The scope for innovation engendered in the search for more sustainable products and processes is really exciting. It results in some really creative thinking and the genuine creation of shared value. That’s value for the business in terms of growth and society by way of reduced environmental impact.
Each day I consider how my actions affect the environment. From printing double-sided, reporting and sharing information about our environmental performance with leadership and employees, to assessing our Greenhouse Gas Emissions, I know I play a role in what the company is trying to achieve.
Which environmental achievements for Konica Minolta are you most proud of?
The company has embedded innovation in sustainability throughout the entire organisation and linked it to sustainable business growth. All of our research and development into new products and services is geared towards sustainability. I find this level of focus really exciting.
I’m also proud of our product innovations that impact the entire supply chain. These innovations are not only about what the company is doing to manage its own impact but they help our suppliers and customers contribute to a more sustainable environment. For example, our BizHub MFDs (multifunctional printing devices) use recycled materials in the plastic casing of the machines and in toner bottles.
Tell us your top 3 recycling tips for businesses.
- Support employees who want to initiate recycling programs particularly where their initiative might match any local services that can be provided.
- Create a feeling of agency or self-determination for customers and staff that will inspire them and let them live their values. For example, Landcare Australia is one of our major charity partners and we encourage employees to use their Volunteer Leave to support Landcare. They can even take a customer or supplier along.
- Make it visible around the office. Our MFDs have a screen on which we promote our involvement with ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’. We also use social media and internal communications platforms to share pictures and updates.
What new eco-innovations can we expect from the world of Konica Minolta printers or cartridges?
The company is constantly evolving its eco-offerings. Look out for MFDs that use more recycled materials in their manufacturing and better quality toners, which help create cleaner pulp and produce better quality recycled paper.
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