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Contributing to a Society in Harmony with NatureBasic Policy for Biodiversity Conservation
and Canon Bird Branch Project

Bird Branch Project; a Canon’s biodiversity conservation initiative, which we consider that a bird is a symbol of the “Circle of Life.”

Canon’s Biodiversity Policy

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

Basic Policy

Canon fully recognizes biodiversity as an important basis for a sustainable society, and promotes activities that contribute to biodiversity conservation.

Action Guidelines

  • Canon strives to conserve biodiversity with consideration for various regional characteristics from a global perspective.
  • Canon actively works to reduce the impact on biodiversity associated with various business activities, and to conduct social-contribution activities that lead to biodiversity conservation.

Specific Actions

  • “Utilization of Canon technologies and products for biodiversity conservation”
    Support for biodiversity conservation activities and projects
  • “Consideration for biodiversity centered on operational sites”
    Ascertaining the impact of our business activities on biodiversity, and conservation of animal and plant habitats around operational sites
  • “Contribution to the realization of a community rich in biodiversity”
    Promotion of biodiversity conservation activities and educational activities in collaboration with local communities

Canon Bird Branch Project

Biodiversity refers to the way living things interact as they coexist on earth. Within this sphere, birds occupy the top position in a local ecosystem pyramid of plants, insects, and small animals, symbolizing the cycle of life. In line with this concept, Canon promotes the Bird Branch Project as a symbol of the activities it conducts based on its Biodiversity Policy.

A part of Bird Branch Project, a wild habitant has been created at Canon Global Headquarters in Tokyo, including the installation of nest boxes and bird baths within the campus grounds. Moreover, we have regularly conducted bird surveys, such as a bird monitoring with network cameras and a spot census recording the number and species of birds at fixed locations.

In 2016, Canon Group plants at Toride, Susono and Oita joined the Bird Branch Project, along with the Kawasaki Offices. Wild bird surveys are conducted at each of these sites in collaboration with the Wild Bird Society of Japan.

The Rustic Bunting, a bird species classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, has been spotted within the grounds of the Toride site.

We plan to increase the number of operational sites participating in this project as part of our effort to conserve and protect biodiversity.

Initiatives to Support Continuous Use of Sustainable Forestry Resources within Value Chain

To help support biodiversity, Canon promotes the use of sustainable forestry resources at 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.

Basic Policy on the Procurement of Timber Products

  1. Use sustainable forest materials
    In its procurement of timber products, the Canon Group uses materials supplied from forest resources managed exclusively for use as timber products.
  2. Trace the origin of forest resources used
    We seek the cooperation of business partners to ensure the traceability of products throughout the manufacturing process, from the harvest of raw materials onward.
  3. Confirm evidence of traceability
    Canon works with its business partners to ensure the traceability of materials used in Canon products (or OEM products) and their packaging that are subject to timber product regulations in each country.

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Canon Bird Branch Project

We introduce “Activities at Canon sites,” which aimed at our efforts to conserve and protect biodiversity, “Bird photo guide,” and “How to photograph wild birds” and other contents related to birds

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