Canon Group companies around the world are working as one in carrying out environmental assurance activities to achieve our environmental goals and make the above-mentioned environmental vision a reality. Led by Canon’s Global Environment Center under the supervision of the Executive Vice President of Canon Inc., who serves as the director in charge of the environment, we carry out environmental activities in a global system that unites products operations with our manufacturing bases and marketing companies in Japan and overseas.
The Canon Group has established an environmental management system (EMS) covering its operational sites in Japan and outside Japan as a mechanism for continually improving the quality and efficiency of environmental assurance activities according to ISO 14001 standards.
This system promotes environmental assurance activities (Do), which are linked with activities of each division (products operations, operational sites, and Group companies). In turn, we set annual and medium-term environmental goals (Plan) and establish action plans and important measures to achieve those goals, which are reflected in our business activities. Moreover, we carry out environmental audits to check the progress of initiatives as well as any issues to be addressed in each division in addition to conducting environmental performance evaluations to assess our environmental performance (Check). We then work to continually improve and enhance our environmental assurance activities (Act). At the same time, by implementing the PDCA cycle for environmental assurance activities of each division, we achieve continual improvement and reinforcement and advance the environmental assurance activities of the entire Canon Group.
The Global Environment Center ensures the smooth implementation of this system by gathering information on environment-related laws and regulations, establishing policies and rules for the entire Group, and planning and managing evaluation methods for environmental assurance activities.
Manufacturing and sales companies in Japan and outside Japan are obtaining ISO 14001 consolidated certification in order to objectively evaluate the effectiveness of their environmental management system (EMS) using a third party. As of 2016, ISO 14001 consolidated certification covers Canon Inc. as well as 129 Group companies in 40 countries and regions around the world.
In accordance with the ISO 14001 revision in September 2015, by the end of 2015 Canon had completed all necessary changes to its environmental management system, and from 2016 began operations under the newly revised system.
Within this system, the Global Environment Center oversees the environmental assurance activities of the entire Group, and reports on progress to the Chairman, President, and Executive Vice President of Canon Inc. in management reviews.
Under this management system, in 2016 Canon did not have a single legal violation or accident that seriously impacted the environment.The Canon Group also did not incur any fines. Operational sites received complaints about such issues as construction noise, vegetation management and foul odors, which were resolved through appropriate measures.
Canon’s environmental initiatives are not limited to its manufacturing processes, but undertaken over the entire product lifecycle.
Lifecycle assessment (LCA) methodology has been introduced in the product development stage to help reduce environmental impacts throughout the product lifecycle. Canon has established an LCA development management system that can centrally manage all processes from product development to information disclosure. This system ensures that CO2 emissions can be calculated from the development and design stages, which we use when manufacturing products as we move toward our environmental goals.
At the commercialization stage, Canon conducts an environmental assessment to check whether a product meets product environmental legal requirements and other necessary requirements and has achieved the necessary environmental performance.
First, at the product planning stage, the product is assigned an environmental performance target to meet.
Before decisions are made to commercialize or initiate mass production, Canon evaluates the achievement of product environmental performance targets, and ascertains whether the product meets legal and other necessary requirements.
In addition to its own environmental initiatives, Canon gives attention to the operations of partners that supply parts and raw materials.
Canon has established Canon Green Procurement Standards, which outline its environment-related requests to suppliers. Suppliers must comply with these standards to do business with Canon.
Specifically, we assess a supplier’s management from two perspectives: business activity management and product management. We require that they have effective management in the following frameworks labeled A – D.
If a supplier is found to have a negative impact on the environment, we immediately demand remedial action be taken and check the status of improvements made.
Canon has manufacturing bases around the globe. Through steady efforts such as these initiatives, we are striving to prevent pollution and lessen the environmental impact throughout the supply chain.
In order to check the current status of environmental initiatives, Canon primarily uses two systems: internal environmental audits that ascertain the effectiveness of environmental management systems, and an environmental performance evaluation system that measures progress toward targets and achievement.
Internal environmental audits include headquarters environmental audits performed by the Global Environment Center and operational site environmental audits and product environmental audits conducted by the audit divisions of operational sites and products operations. Mutual cross-site audits are also carried out in certain locations.
Results of internal environmental audits conducted throughout the year are compiled by the Group audit management section of the Global Environment Center, and reported to the Chairman, President and Executive Vice President in management reviews.
In 2016, the audits found no serious instances of non-compliance or violations. However, from the perspective of ongoing improvement and prevention, we are taking steps to rectify even observations in operations management.
Under environmental performance evaluation, the outcomes of the environmental activities at individual products operations, operational sites and sales companies are evaluated and scored twice yearly. These are incorporated in consolidated performance evaluations along with business performance.
The Global Environment Center sets the evaluation criteria and carries out the evaluations, which account for approximately 10% of the overall consolidated performance evaluation.
Evaluation indicators include compliance with laws and company rules, achievement of environmental goals, improvements in the environmental performance of products, and communication, among others. Results are announced to the Group every six months.
We will raise the criteria appropriately in response to achieving targets and improvement in our activities. Through continuous improvement we aim to raise environmental performance across the company.
Canon’s environmental education programs provide awareness training to all employees and specialized training for employees engaged in certain tasks.
Awareness training is aimed at teaching employees the importance of environmental assurance activities as well as the policies, targets and rules of their own divisions, while specialized training is aimed at enhancing the capabilities of employees involved in environmental assurance activities.
Specialized training is classified into product environment, operational site environment and environmental audit sections. Moreover, product environment training has detailed programs to enhance the abilities of those responsible for product assessments, product surveys and integrated management of chemical substances.
These educational programs are designed to enable employees to receive needed training at any time and by a method that best suits the purpose, such as e-learning, group discussion or group work,.
In particular, among the specialized environmental training classes, Canon is reinforcing global education for risk management. We prepared English- and Chinese-language training materials in 2016, and as of the end of the year, employees involved in related operations had all completed training (total of 2,265 participants in 2016).
|Awareness Training||Global Environmental Education Self-Awareness Program||WBT training||All Group employees develop a basic understanding of environmental issues.|
|Environmental Management Education for Managers||WBT training||Managers study the relationship between individual workplace tasks and environmental assurance activities, learning how to best influence the organization’s environmental activities.|
|Environmental Training for Employees Working Outside Japan||WBT training||Employees stationed outside Japan learn about societal trends related to the environment, Canon’s endeavors, and various laws and regulations.|
|Specialized Training||Environmental Auditor Training||Basic Course (Operational Sites)||Group training||Basic knowledge and technical skills related to environmental audits of operational sites.|
|Basic Course (Product Environment)||Basic knowledge and technical skills related to environmental audits of product environments.|
|Product Environmental Assurance Product Inspector Training||Group training||Staff and experienced employees study the inspection process involved in product chemical substance assurance, learning about data inspection and verification methods.|
|CAPRI Staff Training||For Product Inspectors||Group training||Staff learn about the CAPRI system, basic operations and how to carry out fieldwork following the workflow of product inspections.|
|For Product Evaluators||Staff learn about the CAPRI system, basic operations and how to carry out fieldwork following the workflow of product evaluations.|
|Supplier Environmental Evaluation Training||Group training||Evaluators acquire knowledge and methods needed for environmental evaluation of suppliers.|
|Product and Environmental Assurance for Developers and Designers||WBT training||Product developers and designers study technical standards, related regulatory developments and product assessment methods required for environmentally conscious design.|
|Chemical Substance Management Staff Training||Group training||Employees in charge of product chemical management systems learn about the appropriate use and management of chemical substances, focusing on both environmental and safety and health issues.|
|Chemical Substance Management Basic Training||WBT training||Employees learn the basics of managing chemical products.|
|Basic Training for Handlers of Chemical Substances||WBT training||Employees acquire minimum knowledge required to prevent occupational accidents and environmental pollution caused by chemical substances.|
|Compliance Training||Product Assessment Training||WBT training||Employees who determine assessment items or who determine conformance and achievement of targets learn about related knowledge and mechanisms.|
|Course for Parts and Materials Survey Officials Fundamentals Section||Employees who carry out assurance work on chemical substances contained in products learn about the assurance system, including mechanisms for product inspections and requirements of regulations and rules.|
|Course for Parts and Materials Survey Officials Validity Evaluation Section||Employees learn the key points and necessary knowledge for evaluating the validity of responses from suppliers for product inspections.|
|Course for Parts and Materials Survey Officials Conformance Verification Section||Employees learn about methods for checking product compliance and criteria for applicability judgment, etc., based on the results of product inspections.|
Canon takes every opportunity and uses a variety of media to present environmental information and other non-financial information to stakeholders.
In addition to publishing this report, which covers environmental and CSR activities, Canon works to raise awareness of its initiatives via an environment website, a variety of exhibitions, and so on. In Japan in 2016, Canon was successfully ranked first in the “Eco Site Survey 2016” of corporate environmental websites carried out by Tribeck Brand Strategies,Inc.
Canon is also carrying out environmental education and awareness activities for people in regional communities by holding environmental outreach classes in local elementary schools, providing environmental programs in cooperation with regional organizations and so on.