Over 150 world leaders attended the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit held in September 2015 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
At the summit, leaders endorsed the adoption of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including 169 targets for achievement by 2030 as part of an action plan to realize sustainable development. The plan seeks to address issues such as poverty, hunger, energy, climate change and the cultivation of a peaceful society.
The figure below shows the relationship between the impacts of Canon’s activities on society and the global environment, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The closer the SDG icon-linked circle is the center (Canon), the greater is the degree of relevance to Canon’s operations.
Canon’s four areas of materiality are related with the SDGs as follows:
Goal 13 of the SDGs calls for each country to take measures to address climate change. In addition, the adoption of the Paris Agreement has led to the establishment of an international framework for climate change countermeasures from 2020 onward. This has encouraged all countries and regions that have ratified the agreement to declare their own targets and plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and establish a “Pledge & Review” framework. Furthermore, Goal 7 of the SDGs, which focuses on improvements in energy efficiency, is closely connected to the realization of a low-carbon society. Not only does the use of fossil fuels lead to greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuels themselves are a limited resource. Recognizing this, it is essential for us to promote the efficient use of energy.
Canon has been promoting improvements in CO2 efficiency at all stages of the product lifecycle in order to contribute to the realization of a low-carbon society. To successfully implement these improvements, we have been enhancing energy efficiency at each lifecycle stage. At the same time, we have been making efforts to utilize renewable energy while taking into account the availability of renewable energy options from region to region.
As activities aimed at realizing the SDGs, Canon will continue efforts to improve energy efficiency as well as initiatives to reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions per product.
Goal 12 of the SDGs aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, calling for the promotion of resource recycling following the 3Rs and the reduction of waste. Also, Goal 6 emphasizes the sustainable use of water resources, which are essential for human life.
To the end, Canon is pursuing more advanced circulation of limited resources based on the reuse and recycling of its products. We are also making continuous efforts to design smaller products, to reduce the consumption of resources at our production sites, and to reduce waste.
We reaffirmed that our initiatives for resource conservation and resource circulation fulfill these SDGs, and we will continue to promote such efforts going forward.
Goal 12 of the SDGs calls for the appropriate management of chemical and waste substances at each lifecycle stage. Based on frameworks agreed upon internationally, each country and region has established various regulations and is making efforts to comply with its regulations. Furthermore, Goal 6 identifies the preservation of clean water as a crucial element in the sustainable use of water resources.
Canon built and operates its own framework to appropriately manage 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 the appropriate management of chemical substances in the supply chain.
We believe our efforts to manage chemical substances and prevent pollution are deeply connected to these SDGs. As such, we will continue to pursue stringent management practices.
Valuable forest resources, biodiversity, and various natural habitants are disappearing as a result of climate change and overdevelopment. In response to this, global initiatives are being undertaken to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted at COP10. The SDGs, particularly Goal 15, call for the protection and conservation of terrestrial ecosystems, reconfirming the importance of protecting forests and the ecosystems of living creatures.
At Canon, we 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 gives consideration to the cycle of life by focusing on birds as they occupy the top spot in the ecosystem pyramid consisting of plants, insects, and small animals that provide birds with foods, as well as the water and soil that allow these living things to grow.
In addition, based on our Basic Procurement Policy for Wood Products, we procure timber products that have been produced through sustainable means to prevent valuable forest resources from being lost in excessive amounts due to such practices as illegal logging.