Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging hardware, software, and services, today announced the winners of its BLI PaceSetter awards in Sustainability. These awards recognize the document imaging OEMs that are the best at supporting and advancing environmental improvements and initiatives.
The winners for 2019–2020, based on research conducted for the North American market, are:
RICOH USA, INC.
“Increasingly, companies understand the importance of choosing suppliers and business partners that prioritize sustainability efforts,” said George Mikolay, Associate Director of Copiers/Production at Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab. “Not only are these partners making real efforts to reduce their own environmental footprint, but they’re also inspiring and enabling clients to operate in more eco-friendly ways. Our PaceSetter award winners have demonstrated their commitment to preserving the planet through thoughtful operational and technological improvements.”
For this study, Keypoint Intelligence invited all leading document imaging OEMs to complete an exhaustive questionnaire detailing their environmental efforts and programs in a range of sustainability areas, including business operations, products, recycling, and goal tracking. Participating OEMs were also asked to make key personnel available for in-depth interviews with the Keypoint Intelligence analyst team to give a more complete picture of their sustainability strategies. After gathering this data, analysts used a proprietary rating scale to determine the PaceSetter award winners.
HP Leads the Industry in Programs That Foster Sustainability
“HP applies the concept of sustainability to the areas of the planet, people’s lives, and communities,” Mikolay said. “For example, within its planet pillar, HP has implemented programs for using renewable electricity, reusing likely ocean-bound plastic in its products, and minimizing or eliminating deforestation associated with product packaging.” Its product takeback and recycling programs through retail partners are another differentiator; with people and communities, HP recognizes that plastic and other forms of pollution are environmental justice issues disproportionately impacting poor and marginalized communities. This has led to educational programs reaching millions of students and adult learners.
Ricoh Drives Innovation in Sustainable Office Technology
By evaluating each of its products for energy efficiency, resource efficiency, pollution prevention, comfort, and usability for eco functions, Ricoh is able to rank its products as either “sustainable” or “sustainable premium,” helping customers make better purchasing decisions. This focus on “green” innovation has resulted in 94 percent of its office print devices having EPEAT certification. “Ricoh walks the walk when it comes to green performance,” Mikolay said. “In fact, annual energy consumption on Ricoh machines is always the lowest or among the lowest of competitive models tested. Capabilities like eco reporting through the Smart Operation Panel and an online carbon calculator tool also help clients meet environmental mandates and conserve energy.”
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About Buyers Lab PaceSetter Awards
Based on exhaustive questionnaires, in-depth interviews, and a proprietary rating scale, Buyers Lab PaceSetter awards recognize those document imaging OEMs that have shown market leadership in a variety of categories, including with technologies, services, and key vertical markets.