By Keri Algar

SYDNEY, NSW: Electronic suppliers scramble to achieve ticks, awards, medals and dots all in recognition of superior design, innovation and efficiency. Ricoh, Electrolux and Canon today announced their recent achievements in the saturated approval-sphere.

Ricoh has been named as the ‘world’s most ethical company’ for the third year in a row by the Ethisphere Institute. The ethical think tank also named Electrolux and Xerox as the most ethical in the consumer electronics division. Ebay also got the tick of approval in the auctions category.

Les Richardson, managing director Ricoh Australia said being named 2011’s world’s most ethical company is testament to a solid foundation already in place.

“Ricoh is committed to a business structure that promotes strong community involvement as well as environmental and sustainable practices. This includes evaluating Ricoh’s role and the role of each and every employee in order to provide products and services that allow our customers’ to save waste and reduce energy consumption in a multitude of ways,” said Richardson.

Canon has also been awarded 10 ‘Outstanding Achievement’ awards by testing and research organisation Buyers Laboratory. The camera company’s imaging solutions were valued for quality, ease of use, productivity and flexibility across light and heavy productions.

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“Canon’s performance in the winter 2011 ‘Pick of the Year’ awards is testament to the strength and breadth of its product portfolio,” said David Sweetnam, BLI’s European lab and research manager.

“It has won awards across a wide variety of categories, from affordable home office printers and multifunction printers (MFP), to scanners, wide-format printers and copier-based MFPs.”