Canon Receives Five-Star Rating for Eco-Friendliness from Chinese Government Agency

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Canon Inc. of Tokyo, Japan, reports that’s been recognized by the China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC) as the country’s first five-star Green Supply Chain Assessment-certified company. Canon (China) Company was the only Japanese electronics company to be recognized by the CEC with the China Environmental Label Excellent Corporation Award in 2016.

The CEC assesses companies’ efforts based on the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection’s policy of “promoting green supply-chain management focusing on green production, supply and consumption,” which was issued in 2016. Based on the policy’s criteria, Canon’s green supply-chain management, starting with procurement, was highly rated. Canon copying machines, MFPs, printers and fax machines all received green supply-chain certification, and Canon was the first business in China to be awarded with a five-star rating.

The China Environmental United Certification Center, authorized by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, is the only certification body that can certify products with the nationally recognized China Environmental Label. It’s China’s first third-party certification body to assess green supply chains.

At the same time, Canon says its Canon China subsidiary became the only Japanese company in the electronics industry to be recognized in 2016 by the CEC with the China Environmental Label Excellent Corporation Award for its cooperation and support for activities relating to the certification, including its proactive adherence to China Environmental Label official certification standards and continuous receipt of the certification.

In 1997, Canon introduced its Canon Green Procurement Standards and adopted clauses within its contracts with suppliers to reflect them. Based on these standards, Canon says it “thoroughly investigated such factors relating to environmental preservation as the status of chemical substances contained within raw materials and parts when procuring products and packing materials, suppliers’ environmental management systems and the implementation of those systems and suppliers’ commitment to environmental regulations.” Canon also states that even suppliers who meet these standards are completely reassessed annually in an effort to curb the occurrence of environmental issues.

Canon’s environmental vision, Action for Green, aims to realize a society that promotes both enriched lifestyles and the global environment through technological innovation and improved management efficiency. Throughout the entire product lifecycle—Produce, Use, Recycle—Canon continues to expand activities with its customers and business partners to reduce environmental burden and pursue its environmental vision.

The China Environmental United Certification Center, authorized by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, is the only certification body that can certify products with the nationally recognized China Environmental Label. It’s China’s first third-party certification body to assess green supply chains.

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