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Toward the nature- and human-friendly society

Valuable forest resources, biodiversity, and various habitants are disappearing as a result of climate change and overdevelopment globally. Canon recognize that it is important to protect natural environment and biodiversity for the future sustainable society, and we promote conservation activities accordingly.

Policy of biodiversity conservation

Canon recognizes biodiversity as essential for a sustainable society. We carry out various activities to conserve and protect biodiversity under our Biodiversity Policy, which applies to the entire Canon Group.

Initiatives to Support Continuous Use of Sustainable Forestry Resources

To help support biodiversity, Canon promotes the use of sustainable forestry resources as the raw materials for paper production within the value chain. We have set procurement policies favoring the purchase of paper products derived from sustainably sourced wood pulp. Moreover, the office paper we sell is made under forest certification schemes or using environmentally conscious raw materials.

Initiatives under the Nature Positive Slogan

Based on its Biodiversity Policy, Canon has adopted a new slogan of “Nature Positive,” and is promoting environmental initiatives that are closely intertwined with local communities around the world.

In recent years as an issue facing global society as a whole, and the notion of ‘nature positive’ initiatives that seek not only to conserve but also restore biodiversity has gained attention. ‘Nature positive’ actions hold the potential to prevent the loss of economic activity as well as create new jobs and businesses. Canon adopted the Group-wide slogan ‘Nature Positive’ to guide our collaboration with stakeholders at marketing and production sites worldwide in rolling out activities in line with local needs.

Nature Positive Initiatives Around the World

Below, we introduce various initiatives aimed at restoring ecosystems and protecting biodiversity, including the Canon Bird Branch Project implemented globally.

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At the 2022 United Nations Biodiversity Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which took place in December 2022, the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework was adopted as a new global goal to replace the Aichi Targets. From now, based on this framework, the Ministry of the Environment is expected to spearhead Japanese efforts to formulate the next National Biodiversity Strategy.

Contribution to the Global 30by30 Target

The Shimomaruko Woodland at Canon’s headquarters complex provides a thriving environment for approximately 1,000 trees and shrubs and has become an important wild bird habitat in central Tokyo. As a Japan-based initiative in response to the adoption of the global ‘30by30’*1 target by COP15 (15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity) in Montreal, Canada, in 2022, the Ministry of the Environment is implementing a trial program to certify sites where action is taken to conserve biodiversity as ‘natural coexistence sites.’*2 Shimomaruko Woodland has now been certified as a “Nature Symbiosis Site.” Canon is also engaged in biodiversity conservation as a participant in the 30by30 Alliance for Biodiversity*3 launched by the Ministry of the Environment in partnership with interested business enterprises and local governments.

  • *1 A global target for countries to place 30% or more of both their land area and territorial waters under protection by 2030 in order to promote biodiversity.
  • *2 A Ministry of the Environment program to certify sites where business enterprises, citizens’ groups, local governments, or other bodies take action to promote biodiversity conservation.
  • *3 A voluntary alliance to promote effective measures toward achieving the 30by30 target.
Contribution to the Global 30by30 Target
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