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    Week 10
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    Economic priorities vs pressing global concerns

    Each year, the world’s leaders in government, civil society and business gather in Davos, not to hone their skiing skills as one might expect from their location in the Swiss Alps, but rather to mull, debate, disagree and eventually reach consensus on the most pressing challenges facing the globe in the year ahead.

    This year, unsurprisingly, the environment was foregrounded with a failure to act on climate change and extreme weather and natural disasters topping the list, together with loss of biodiversity and weapons of mass destruction.

    In contrast, corporate leaders surveyed in PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey perceived the greatest risk to business growth as being overregulation, trade conflict and uncertain economic growth.

    While regulation to protect the environment and the drive to make money might seem to make poor bedfellows, there is a move by progressive companies to work towards the common good, now and in the future.

    At Kyocera, we believe that environmental protection is most sustainable when it is also economically feasible. One of our goals is to contribute to society by developing environmentally friendly products and technologies with economic benefits – such as solar modules and pollution-reducing fine ceramic components.

    From a purely business perspective, we realise that as public consciousness increases, the private sector is being called to task on its efforts to protect the planet. Any industry that survives or thrives on its reputation can enhance its image by boasting environmentally friendly credentials.

    We hold up our end of the deal by manufacturing products that are built to last and are as friendly to the office environment as they are to the global one.
     
    The renowned ECOSYS concept makes these devices cost-efficient. This is  because the toner is the only consumable. Also, all the components in these devices are robust, long lasting and dependable and therefore hardly ever need to be replaced.

    It’s not only our planet, but our reputation that depends on it.

    If you haven’t already seen it online, there’s a great downloadable whitepaper on ‘A Sustainable Future for Office Printing” on our website:- Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

    Werner Engelbrecht - General Manager - KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa

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