Konica Minolta issues Diversity Management Commitment

Langenhagen, Germany | 24 April 2023

The company aims to support individuals to thrive and facilitate collective intelligence

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) announced that the company has issued the Konica Minolta Group Diversity Management Commitment with a view to supporting all its group members around the world to thrive at work.


Konica Minolta Group Diversity Management Commitment (preamble)
We welcome, appreciate, and value what makes each employee unique and seek to nurture individual capabilities and aspirations to solve new challenges together.

Konica Minolta fosters a culture that enables individuals to thrive, stimulates creativity, problem-solving, and innovation, which in turn facilitates our collective intelligence.

For the whole text, please visit: Konica Minolta Group Diversity Management Commitment


Konica Minolta has been working for years to improve equity and inclusiveness for social minorities and to foster an organisational culture that enables each and every member to maximise their different strengths and to live up to their potential. Since the management integration of Konica and Minolta in 2003, we have accelerated these efforts.

In order to realise our vision and achieve sustainable growth recognised by society, Konica Minolta needs to strengthen Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion(DEI)promotion as One Global Konica Minolta Group.
 
Against this backdrop, Konica Minolta issued the Konica Minolta Diversity Management Commitment, in which the company declares its vision of and commitment to diversity management, thereby defining and promoting Diversity (empowering individuals to thrive), Equity (ensuring equal opportunities) and Inclusion (facilitating collective intelligence).
 
The Konica Minolta Diversity Management Commitment represents the company’s firm determination to recognise and understand the diversity of all its stakeholders, including suppliers and partner companies as well as Konica Group members around the world, and take on new challenges together.

Group-wide efforts to promote DEI globally

 

1. Global programs organised by Konica Minolta members in Europe, US and Japan

To facilitate DEI efforts on a group-wide basis around the world, DEI personnel in Europe, the US and Japan meet together to organise and implement global programs. To coincide with the timing of each global program, there is also a program for Japanese members under the theme of the relevant program to ensure as many members as possible can join the company’s efforts to promote DEI.
 
The global programs invite activists and experts specialised in the relevant theme as guest speakers and panellists from Europe and the US, which lead the world in diversity promotion, thus offering valuable opportunities for Konica Minolta members to learn from the inspiring insights and new ideas of globally active leaders.

 
Global programme
Date Theme Number of participating countries Number of participants
March 2021 International Women’s Day: RETHINK EMPOWERMENT 26 683
June 2021 Pride Month: Unlock the power of diversity with Authenticity and Allyship 22 529
November 2021 RETHINK Our Workplace with Your Voice 35 799
March 2022 International Women’s Day: Break The Bias More than 10* Approx. 45
June 2022 Pride Month: Building and Sustaining Engagement with Employee Networks 24 336
November 2022 Talking about Race: Why it Still Matters in the Workplace 27 250
March 2023 International Women’s Day: Embrace Equity
The influence women can have on the changing global economy
22 482
 * The program was held separately in Europe, the US and Asia.

 

2. Launching the DEI Training Path in group companies around the world

The Konica Minolta Group Diversity Management Commitment defines principles to be practiced by Konica Minolta and its members, and declares the company’s commitment to the principles as “Our Commitment.” To live up to this commitment and put the principles into action, Konica Minolta launched an e-learning-based DEI Training Path, thereby helping each member feel closer to DEI issues and continue learning about them.
 
This training program was created with the help of Konica Minolta’s European and American DEI personnel, who pooled their knowledge and experience, at the request of Japanese DEI personnel, and arranged the key topics necessary for the training to guide Konica Minolta members to take action. The training program is designed to help individuals efficiently acquire the essential DEI skills for working at the Konica Minolta Group and achieve personal growth.
 
While the Foundation Module of DEI Training Path is currently being run in Europe, the US, China, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, the UAE, Australia and Japan, the program will be launched worldwide in the future to ensure that key DEI topics are understood by all individuals working at the Konica Minolta Group. The contents of the training program will be expanded by combining both common topics worldwide with original topics tailored to local needs and conditions.
 

3. Global employee survey


In Japan, Konica Minolta has been conducting a survey to measure employees’ awareness of Diversity and Equity issues, regularly since fiscal 2016 as part of its diversity promotion efforts, and has incorporated the results in its diversity activities. Starting from fiscal 2017, issues relating to Inclusion have been added to the survey items to enhance psychological safety in the organisation and eliminate unconscious bias.
 
Since fiscal 2021, Konica Minolta has been using the global employee survey to identify problems and measure progress, with a view to promoting DEI on a group-wide basis. The 2021 and 2022 surveys showed an increase from 7.1 to 7.4 in “fairness” and from 6.9 to 7.2 in “freedom to express opinions” on a scale of one to ten.

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About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe


Konica Minolta’s journey started 150 years ago, with a vision to see and do things differently. We innovate for the good of society and the world. The same purpose that kept us moving then, keeps us moving now.


Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. With its unique expertise in imaging, data processing and data-based decision making, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers - small and medium-sized businesses, large enterprises and public sector - and solves issues faced by society.


As a digital workplace solution provider, Konica Minolta helps its clients to identify and unlock the potential digitalisation holds and reach the next level in the digital maturity of their organisation by rethinking the workplace. In support of an ‘Intelligent connected workplace’, Konica Minolta offers cloud, IT, managed print and video solution services for remote working, collaboration, workflow management and automation and security. The company’s success in driving transformation is also confirmed by IDC, since the ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2023 Vendor Assessment’ has named Konica Minolta a “Leader” in print transformation. Konica Minolta has been a Microsoft Global Managed Partner since 2021.


Konica Minolta's Igniting Print Possibilities offering helps printers, converters and brand owners maximise workflow automation to increase efficiency. The company delivers consultancy in all communication matters as well as top-of-the-line production, packaging as well as label printers. Its finishing devices create print products that stand out and create added value. Konica Minolta has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource).


For an increasing number of organisations, success today is more than the narrow definition of financial prosperity – it also includes protecting the environment and having a positive impact on their workforce as well as the societies they are embedded in. With its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Konica Minolta has pledged to consistently pursue its sustainability and social responsibility goals.


The company has been repeatedly recognised for its rich history of social contribution as well as for working towards achieving the SDGs throughout its business and supply chain. Konica Minolta received a GOLD Level Recognition Medal in the EcoVadis sustainability ratings for 2023.


For its remote services, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab (BLI) 2023-2024 Pacesetter Award in Remote Service for the Western European market’ 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 more than 8,700 employees (as of April 2023), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.26 billion in financial year 2022/2023.


Worldwide, the company has over 39,000 employees and is operating in over 150 countries.


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