Last night the Prime Minister John Key officially opened Ricoh New Zealand’s new Auckland headquarters at 200 Victoria Street West.
In front of an exclusive invite-only crowd, including Computerworld / Reseller News New Zealand, the building has a 5 Star Green rating, creating a healthy work environment for the 200 staff that were formerly spread across three locations.
The visitor car park was turned into a native New Zealand forest and guests were guided through a DoC hut on a tour that showcased the company’s leading sustainability practices as well as the document management innovation and IT smarts Ricoh is increasingly becoming known for.
“Ricoh was proud of its investment in a more sustainable work environment for its staff," says Mike Pollok, Managing Director, Ricoh New Zealand.
Pollok hosted the Prime Minister and a number of senior Auckland business leaders, along with Yoshinori Yamashita, the Corporate Executive Vice President of Ricoh Global.
“It was an honour to have the Prime Minister officially open our new building," Pollok says.
"I was pleased to hear Mr Key liken the Ricoh way to how Kiwi businesses use technology to drive efficiencies so they can compete on the world stage.
"That’s Ricoh’s purpose: to help businesses get match fit and ready to compete.
"We’re no longer just the photocopier guys; we’re part of the eighth-largest IT company in the world. We’ve future proofed our business and we’re already doing the same for our clients.
“This move has been on the cards for a while and we wanted to ensure we did it properly. The new building has more space, more sunlight and is less expensive to run.”
However, Pollok reiterated that environmental aspects are only one area of Ricoh’s sustainability and that being a financially successful business is a key part of the company’s triple bottom line performance.
“We’ve just released our sixth, annual sustainability report under the new GRI G4 reporting guidelines and I’m pleased to announce that Ricoh has another great report card to share," he adds.
"In the previous financial year, sales have increased from $111m to $130m as we continue towards our growth target of $150m gross revenue.
"Being profitable is important so we can sustainably invest in new ideas and technology, continue to provide jobs for our 369 staff and engage with the communities we operate in.”