Four Areas of Canon’s Environmental Material Concern

Canon is tackling environmental issues such as climate change, resource depletion, pollution, and biodiversity conservation on a global scale. To help leave a prosperous planet for future generations, we are implementing a multifaceted environmental strategy using a consistent PDCA cycle-based approach. As a global corporation working in harmony with the environment, Canon will continue to deepen its connection to the earth based on the principle of Kyosei.

Canon continues to take measures to advance our environmental activities in the below four areas that we have identified of material concern.

The management approach when we have identified four areas of our environmental material concern.

Contributing to a Low-Carbon Society

Recent years have seen a global increase in natural disasters caused by extreme weather events thought to be the result of climate change. Cyclones, hurricanes, torrential rain, droughts, and heat waves are having a major impact on human life.

Countries are taking action to tackle this issue, based on the Paris Agreement that came into force in 2016. Within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015, Goal 13 specifies the need to “Take urgent action to combat climates change and its impacts.” One of the targets listed under Goal 7 is that of improving global energy efficiency.

Recognizing the link between its business activities, energy consumption, and CO2 emissions, Canon has been working to lower CO2 emissions at every stage of the product lifecycle since before the creation of this international framework.

Contributing to a Circular Economy

The effective use of finite resources is essential for sustainable consumption and production. Many initiatives worldwide are promoting greater resource efficiency and the circular economy. The aim is to enable future generations to be able to enjoy sustainable lifestyles by restricting the use of new resources through the repeated reuse or recycling of existing resources.

Canon has undertaken resource-recycling initiatives on an ongoing basis with the aim of maximizing resource efficiency. As part of this, Canon is pursuing ways of adding value to resources through “product-to-product recycling.” To undertake such initiatives, Canon has established five recycling sites in four regions around the world to hone related recycling technologies.

Eliminating Hazardous Substances and Preventing Pollution

To minimize negative effects to human health and environment by chemical substances, each country and region has established various regulations and is making effort to comply with its regulations.

Canon built and operates its own framework to appropriately mange both the chemical substances contained in its products and the chemical substances used in its production processes. Under our green procurement system, we work in cooperation with suppliers to strictly manage the chemical substances contained in our products, thereby preventing contamination from hazardous chemical substances. Additionally, we make proactive contributions to the establishment of international frameworks for appropriate management of chemical substances in the supply chain.

Contributing to a Society in Harmony with Nature

Valuable forest resources, biodiversity, and various natural habitats are disappearing due to climate change and overdevelopment. In response to this, global initiatives aimed at achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted at COP10 are being pushed forward. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 15, call for the conservation of terrestrial ecosystems, and once again highlight the importance of protecting forests and the ecosystems of living creatures.

We also recognize the importance of conserving and protecting biodiversity and ecosystems. Based on our Biodiversity Policy, we are promoting conservation and protection activities around the world. One such activity is the Canon Bird Branch Project, which examines the cycle of life by focusing on birds as a symbol of the top of the ecosystem pyramid.


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