Ricoh and Intel have been named top performers in the global IT industry for sustainability by influential German rating agency Oekom Research.
They're the best of a dismal lot – while Ricoh and Intel both scored B+ grades, the average score was a D+.
Oekom reached its judgement after studying more than 200 IT companies worldwide.
The survey probed key aspects of the IT industry including working conditions in the supply chain; return, recycling, and re-use of products; and information provided to customers on potential energy savings and hazardous substances.
Ricoh New Zealand managing director Mike Pollok said Oekom noted its leadership in terms of the sustainable design of its products and the reduced energy consumption of its printers and multi-function devices in recent years.
It accepts used appliance and recycles materials as components in certain products.
It was the first company worldwide to launch three 100 percent eco-powered electronic billboards, in New York’s Times Square, London, and North Sydney.
Ricoh New Zealand Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd, Japan. It was the first in the local industry to be certified under environmental management standard ISO 14001, the first in its sector to be licensed with the Environmental Choice tick for its products and achieved carboNZeroCertTM certification in November 2008.