Konica Minolta bizhub ECO: how companies can use their MFPs to meet their sustainability goals
With bizhub ECO, Konica Minolta is launching a service that supports companies in achieving their sustainability targets. It is available with all current and future Konica Minolta colour multi functional peripherals (MFPs). The service package comes with a pre-set eco configuration of the device, carbon emission offsetting as well as cooperation with Treedom. Thanks to the collaboration with this social business, a tree is planted for each installation of bizhub ECO, benefitting not only the environment, but also supporting a social objective by promoting equal opportunities for women in a developing country.
“A growing share of our customers are interested in increasing the eco-friendliness of their businesses. Yet we can see that smaller and medium-sized businesses in particular struggle to find feasible ways of increasing their sustainability. With bizhub ECO, we are providing them with a great tool to help them with this.”
bizhub ECO consists of three elements: in a first step, a Konica Minolta service expert optimises the settings of the purchased device for eco-friendliness, deleting blank pages for copy and scan jobs as well as enabling a toner save mode as standard, for example. Furthermore, bizhub ECO includes a carbon offsetting program for the device. The total emissions over the lifetime of each device is calculated, which are then offset through a certified carbon offset project. The third and most prominent element of bizhub ECO is the collaboration with the online platform Treedom. For every bizhub ECO service sold, a small-scale farmer plants one tree on her own land – the initiative focuses in particular on helping women to generate their own income and support their families by planting fruit trees in agroforestry systems. In addition, the customer acquires sponsorship of the tree. They can thus track the development of the plant online and communicate it to their customers or employees.
“It’s great that Konica Minolta allows its customers to be part of their sustainability efforts and assists them to improve their carbon footprint. Going one step further and supporting social and ecological reforestation projects with a beneficial impact on women in particular is even greater."
To underline their commitment to increasing their businesses’ sustainability towards relevant stakeholders, customers are provided with additional communication tools. These tools grant simple access to measures making their business more sustainable while keeping the organisational efforts for it manageable.
Improving both its own and its customers’ sustainability as well as creating value for society as a whole are key Konica Minolta targets. In January 2019 it joined RE100, committing to sourcing 100 per cent of their electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2050. This is in line with Konica Minolta’s long-term environmental target Eco Vision 2050, which was set up in 2009 aiming to reduce CO2 emissions by 80 percent by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.
Treedom is the only website in the world that allows its users to plant a tree and follow its story online. Every single tree is geo-localized, photographed and has its own online page. All specifically selected fruit and crop trees are planted directly by local farmers and bring environmental, social and financial benefits to their communities. Since its foundation in 2010 in Florence, more than 500,000 trees have been planted in Africa, South America and Italy. Thanks to its business model, in 2014 Treedom became part of the Certified B Corporations, a network of companies that stand out for high environmental and social performance.
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, ‘IDC MarketScape: Western Europe Smart Multifunctional Peripheral 2018 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leading smart MFP provider of note’. As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa (InfoSource). In the healthcare sector, Konica Minolta drives digitalisation of clinical workflows and offers a broad range of next-level diagnostic solutions. Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its solutions that combine ‘smart service with smart technology’, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Outstanding Serviceability 2018/2019’ from Keypoint Intelligence. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With almost 10,300 employees (as of April 2019), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.39 billion in financial year 2018/19.
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