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Green thinking makes good business sense

According to recent studies (including by Accenture)1, theoverwhelming majority of business leaders see sustainable businesspractices as fundamental to the growth of their companies. And forgood reason: factors such as spiraling energy and resources costs, alongwith increased emphasis on corporate social responsibility and other factors are combining to make sustainability a ‘must have’ for business.
The good news for companies? Embracing sustainability can helpyou cut your operating costs.
Reducing your energy consumption, for example, has a directimpact on the bottom line. Since Information Technology (IT) is oneof the largest consumers of energy within a business, you can make asignificant difference by streamlining your IT processes: especially yourprinting processes, which typically consumes the most energy andresources within IT2.
For example, older printing devices draw far more power thanyou may realise. Recent advances, such as Ricoh technology that goesbeyond Auto-Off/Sleep and Energy Saver mode, with the Green ModeActivated program and exceeding Energy Star compliance requirementscan make quite a difference to your power usage – and your carbon footprint.
In addition, one of the key benefits of moving to a managed model– such as Ricoh Managed Document Services (MDS) – is that it candirectly lower your energy bills.
At the heart of the MDS model, Ricoh sets a baseline for yoursystems – including hardware, supplies and usage pattern – withstrategies for improving environmental sustainability targets – usage,consumables, paper and overall CO2 footprint.
MDS features also include streaming documents to the right printerlocations (to optimise your ink usage), using both sides of the paper aswell as precise Energy Saver Timers that reduce energy consumptionwithout compromising the availability of your devices.
Going one step further, you can develop a roadmap for makingdocument management part of your environmental initiatives. Thedesign can include both hardware and process recommendations,with projections for the ROI you’ll achieve through cost savings and,potentially, through productivity gains.
Whether you want to start with firm targets or a single project, theimportant principal is that environmental initiatives can save you money.Once you start implementing sustainability goals, though, you mightalso discover that your projects help boost your company’s image inthe eyes of employees and stakeholders. Who knows? The environmentcould even give your business a competitive edge.
1 “A New Era of Sustainability: UN Global Compact – Accenture CEO Study- 2010,” http://www.unglobalcompact.org/docs/news_ events/8.1/UNGC_Accenture_CEO_Study_2010.pdf 2 Ricoh Group Sustainability Report (Environment 2011)

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