Canon is working together with business partners to address the conflict minerals issue.
The term "conflict minerals" refers to certain minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries in Africa, the profit from the trade of which, provided through the global supply chain, is alleged to be funding armed groups in that region.
U.S. legislation or OECD guidance regarding conflict minerals require companies to conduct a "reasonable country of origin inquiry" or due diligence on the entire supply chain to confirm that their products do not contain conflict minerals.
Seeking to ensure that customers can use Canon products with peace of mind, the Canon Group is working together with business partners and industry entities to identify the history of minerals used in its products with the aim of avoiding the use of conflict minerals.
The Canon Group would like our business partners to understand the international circumstances surrounding the conflict minerals issue and support us in not using conflict minerals. By cooperating with surveys and audits conducted by Canon Group companies, we expect our business partners, as members of the global supply chain, to join the Canon Group in carrying out the responsible procurement of necessary minerals.