Since the 1990s, Ricoh has been a world leader in the development of energy efficient and environmentally conscious products. Ricoh's pioneering efforts in the Office Automation and Imaging Industry have been officially recognised across Japan, USA and Europe.
Ricoh has been awarded the 19th annual WEC Gold Medal for International Achievement in Sustainable Development. The prestigious WEC Gold Medal was awarded by an independent jury of distinguished international environmentalists to a corporation that demonstrates pre-eminent leadership and contributes to worldwide environmental quality.
Ricoh won the 12th Grand Prize for the Global Environment Award, hosted by the Japan Industrial Journal. Ricoh was honoured for its resolute attitude towards environmental management to sustain high-level environmental conservation activities.
Ricoh was selected as the winner of the Outstanding Corporate Public Relation Award by Keizai Koho Center. Ricoh was awarded for its initiatives for environmental protection, and seeing itself as a global citizen, the company represented the best candidate to achieve a high level of business performance.
Council on Economic Priorities (CEP) "Environmental Stewardship Award", presented at CEP's 14th Corporate Conscience Awards.
The Office Equipment Partner of the Year award is EPA's highest industry award. Ricoh has also been recognised as an industry leader for its role in the manufacture and promotion of ENERGY STAR copiers, facsimiles and printers.
In 1999, Ricoh earned the 'Highly Recommended' appraisal from kom, the German environment agency. Ricoh was rated first among the eleven electronics companies which included companies such as Sony, Ericsson and Nokia.