Certain minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries in Africa, provided through the global supply chain, are used in many industrial products. The trade of these minerals is alleged to be funding armed groups in the region and represents a source of growing concern worldwide. To address the so-called conflict minerals problem, the United States enacted legislation that went into effect in January 2013 which requires listed companies to publicly disclose their use of conflict minerals.
Seeking to ensure that customers can use its products with peace of mind, the Canon Group has clarified its basic stance on the issue, working together with business partners and industry entities with the aim of avoiding the use of such conflict minerals that fund armed groups. Canon has held briefing sessions for relevant domestic and overseas partners since 2012, and launched conflict minerals inspections of its products since 2013. In terms of both legal compliance and CSR, Canon is making steady progress on the issue of conflict minerals.
Canon is working together with business partners to address the conflict minerals issue.