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Green procurement handout

  1. 1. NPO/NGO Suppliers Materials and parts for production In May 1998 Ricoh Group published it’s first “Green Procurement Guidelines” and requested suppliers to establish Environmental Management Systems. In 2002 this was updated to the new “Green Procurement Standard”. The purpose of this was to procure raw materials/parts/ products with minimal environmental impact. The standard had three core themes: 1. Pollution Prevention 2. Resource Conservation/ Recycling 3. Energy Conservation/ Ana Thermal Prevention. Promotion of social contribution on environmental conservation Recycling companies Efficient use of resources Ricoh Group Reduction in environmental impact cause by transportation Logistics Companies R Development of environmentally conscious products Promotion of environmental conservation through the purchase of environmentally conscious products Sales of environme ntally conscious products and services Customers UK PRODUCTS LTD Priorslee, Telford, Shropshire TF2 9NS Phone (01952) 290090 Suppliers R UK PRODUCTS LTD GREEN PROCUREMENT HANDBOOK Business equipment and stationary Imagine. Change.
  2. 2. RICOH’S GREEN PROCURE STANDARDS OUR SUPPLIERS OBLIGATIONS Ricoh group not only recognises environmental conservation as a mission for all global citizens to fulfil but as a core underlying activity that is linked to every part of business. Banned Substances A key element of the Green Procurement Standard is to ensure the exclusion of the 18 banned substances in Ricoh Products. These include, asbestos, DBT, Ozone depleting products and 6 substances banned by RoHS EU Directive. Not only do Ricoh comply with the EU legislation and laws surrounding Environmental practices but they set goals far exceeding those expected of them, become almost role-models for other business who aim to achieve such results. Each business activity is analysed in terms of environmental impact and improvement on previous methods is ongoing to ensure these targets are met and even surpassed. Ricoh prides themselves on becoming pillars of the local society; they encourage each employee to become environmentally aware and responsible, as well as supporting local conservation projects and schools. It is vital that as a manufacturing organisation, the efforts to reduce environmental impacts are present throughout the process. For this reason Ricoh work with suppliers and customers as well as their own factories in order to produce fully sustainable and low impact products. As a result of EU legislation as well as Ricoh’s own high standards, our suppliers have a number of obligations REACH The Regulation, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction or CHemicals regulation (REACH) deals with the control of all chemical substances produced or imported into the EU. There are a number of obligations that Ricoh must follow regarding this, the most important being the sharing of substance information down the supply chain. RoHS The Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment is important EU legislation relation to Ricoh Products Ltd. RoHS bans six substances from being used in electrical and electronic equipment. These are: lead, mercury, cadmium, Haxavalent Chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyls and Polybrominated biphenyl ether. CMS Chemical Management Systems (CMS) are sometimes required of our suppliers dependant on the sort of products they handle. The CMS is a number of requirements that establishes control and best practices regarding substances in order to ensure that Ricoh products are free from any banned chemicals. Suppliers are audited every two years to ensure consistency. EMS As with CMS only suppliers that fall into scope are asked to introduce Environmental Management Systems (EMS). Most UK companies have already implemented an EMS and gained ISO14001 accreditation. An EMS is a system implemented for companies to reduce waste, CO2 and their overall environmental impact. Conflict Minerals Conflict minerals are Gold, Tin, Tungsten or Tantalite that are mined in Democratic Republic of the Congo or its 9 neighbouring countries. These are mined inhumanely, usually by children who work more than 18 hours at a time and the profits from these minerals are used to fund the second Congo war. In conjunction with EICC and GeSI, Ricoh have started to address this issue. As you can see, Ricoh’s high Standards are throughout the production system from the raw materials to the overall product and the customer advice provided. Ricoh aims to be a leader in innovative and environmentally friendly products and services and in order to attain this all employees, suppliers and customers are involved.