The Canon Group promotes global environment preservation activities based on our kyosei philosophy. As part of this, the Canon Group released the Canon Green Procurement Standards in 1997 globally, well before any competitors. The standards put priority on purchasing and procuring materials, parts, and products with reducing environmental impacts. In China as well, the Group has made compliance with the Green Procurement Standards a mandatory requirement of transactions with suppliers, as a means of lowering environmental impacts throughout the supply chain.
The China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC∗), China's ecolabel certifying organization, certified the Canon Group in September 2016 as the first five-star company among all industry under its new Green Supply Chain Rating Certification Scheme, which was established in accordance with Chinese government policy. In addition, this was the first certification given to an electrical and electronic equipment manufacturer which was introduced since 2016. Canon has constructed environmental management mechanisms for green procurement while fostering mutual understanding with suppliers through briefing meetings and plant visits. Canon regularly checks the status of environmental management and continues to take steps to maintain and improve management mechanisms. In certifying Canon, the CEC recognized our extensive green procurement activities that have involved suppliers for many years.
Note: ∗ The CEC is the only body approved by China's Ministry of Environmental Protection to certify product ecolabels on behalf of the country. The Center is also China's first third-party organization to perform green supply chain rating certifications.
The Chinese government has been setting out a series of strict environmental measures, in view of the necessity to take action to curb the increasingly serious environmental issues in China and to mitigate global warming. Environmental awareness is quickly rising among citizens, and we, as a corporation, must respond to government measures in cooperation with all our suppliers. This certification presents a wonderful opportunity to communicate that the products Canon provides to customers take the environment into account together with all our suppliers. Looking forward, we will carry on confirming and addressing the growing environmental needs of our customers.