The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was agreed by 193 Member States at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York in September 2015, and culminated in 17 clear goals to reach by 2030.

These goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

Konica Minolta and the SDGs

In February 2016,  Konica Minolta Australia became the first technology company to join the United Nations Global Compact Network Australia and in September 2016 Dr David Cooke, Konica Minolta Australia’s CEO joined other eminent Australian business leaders who came together to sign a Statement of Support for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. In 2017, Dr Cooke joined the Global Compact Network Australia board.

According to a study by the UN Global Compact and Accenture, 87 per cent of CEOs say the SDGs represent an essential opportunity to rethink approaches to sustainability, and 49 per cent say businesses will be the most important actor in their delivery. 1

Konica Minolta Inc President and CEO, Shoei Yamana, who was interviewed for the study, said, “Our approach is to be open and circular about our activities and impact – we disclose information to our suppliers to help them improve.” 2

The Sustainable Development agenda is an opportunity for Konica Minolta to leverage our experience, networks and business solutions to meet both our clients’ needs and contribute, in part, to addressing some of the world’s most acute problems.

Dr David Cooke said, “As individuals, we have a moral propensity to do what is right; as businesses, we have a clear responsibility to ensure our operations do no harm and positively contribute to social, environmental, and economic development. The SDGs provide a platform for all companies to take targeted action in a way that is both strategic and meaningful.  
 
“We encourage our solutions partners, industry peers, and suppliers to develop their own agenda, no matter how large or small, or join together with Konica Minolta Australia as we undertake this journey.”

Some of our existing actions correlating to specific targets are outlined below: 

Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Target 3.8 achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all
Konica Minolta and Tohoku University have developed High Sensitive Tissue Testing (HSTT), which accurately detects the proteins that manifest in cancer cells using fluorescent nanoparticles.* HSTT determines the location and amount of specific proteins that manifest in cancer cells, offering an early-stage, highly precise diagnosis. It will also allow for better grouping of cancer patients, increase success rates of clinical trials, generate economic benefits for the healthcare industry, and improve cure rates of cancer.
Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Target 5.2 eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation. 

In November 2015, Konica Minolta Australia launched its first Domestic and Family Violence Support Policy. This policy provides paid leave, flexible working arrangements and employee assistance programs to both victims and perpetrators of violence seeking help. 

Konica Minolta supports Project Futures through donations, workplace giving and volunteering. Project Futures work to raise awareness and funding for programs dedicated to combating human trafficking and sexual exploitation globally.

Target 5.5 ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic, and public life.
Equality among staff, including women’s participation in leadership is crucial to our business. Konica Minolta have targets to increase gender diversity, and a commitment to ensure pay parity. To increase equality for all employees we have additional paid parental leave, flexible work arrangements and a diversity and inclusion committee. We received a citation by WGEA as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality in 2016 and 2017. 
Goal 8 Promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Target 8.3 promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage formalisation and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises including through access to financial services
Through the acquisition of and investment in IT services companies, we are support entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. There is an opportunity to build on these tools and platforms to build tech solutions to pressing development needs. 
Target 8.7 take immediate and effective measures to secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, eradicate forced labour, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms including recruitment and use of child soldiers

In keeping with our commitments under the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Code of Conduct, and as a signatory to the UN Global Compact, we are strongly opposed to use of child, forced and bonded labour in business operations and supply chains. Konica Minolta Inc. conducts factory level audits and will continue due diligence in the years to come. 

In April 2016, we released our Ethical Sourcing Roadmap which describes the measures we’re taking locally to ensure that slavery or inequitable employment practices play no part in our business operations.

In April 2017, Konica Minolta provided a Submission to the Australian Government enquiry into Establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia, and presented at a public hearing in Canberra
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Target 12.4 by 2020 achieve environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle in accordance with agreed international frameworks and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.
Konica Minolta is proud to work in partnership with Planet Ark and Close the Loop in the “Cartridges 4 Planet Ark” program, whereby empty toners are returned, sorted, classified and then recycled – all with a zero waste to landfill guarantee. Since the program's inception, over 17 million cartridges, including over 1 million Konica Minolta cartridges, have been diverted from landfill.
Target 12.5 by 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse.
We already collect and recycle equipment at the end of its contract life in all of our branches around the country.
This recycling of equipment is done with SIMs recycling solutions. After recycling, everything is certified as recycled with SIMs, providing us with detailed reports for each batch of electronic waste recycled.
Target 12.6 encourage companies, especially large and trans-national companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle. 
Konica Minolta Group reports annually on sustainability. Our latest CSR report can be found here.
Multi-stakeholder partnerships
Target 17.17 encourage and promote effective public, public-private, and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.
Together with charity partners, Konica Minolta has donated financial and human resources to address social justice issues in Australia and overseas. In a development context we work closely with anti-trafficking organisation, Project Futures, on programs to assists human trafficking victims in Cambodia. In Australia Konica Minolta supports the Smith Family in their mission to help disadvantaged children.

 

1. http://www.unglobalcompact.org.au/2016/06/22/ungc-accenture-ceo-study-2016/

2. http://www.unglobalcompact.org.au/2016/06/22/ungc-accenture-ceo-study-2016/

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