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Canon gets gold for sustainability

July 23, 2018

The OEM has revealed this week that it has achieved the EcoVadis gold rating for sustainability for the 4th consecutive year.

This high rating places the company in the top 5 percent when it comes to sustainability performance.

 To decide company ratings, the EcoVadis CSR analysis system assesses 21 criteria across four themes of environment, fair labour practices, ethics/fair business practices and supply chain. Canon submitted data relating to CSR practices across its businesses to support these themes.

Anurag Agrawal, Managing Director, Canon Middle East, said: “The EcoVadis award is a significant achievement for us, and we are proud of this successive recognition. Sustainability is at the heart of what we do and by delivering environmental benefits through our people and products, we are powerfully demonstrating commitment to our philosophy of Kyosei: living and working together for the common good. In the region, we continue to spread our philosophy and credentials to our partners and customers to promote the immense value of sustainability in today’s business environment.”

In 2017 Canon Middle East launched a CSR campaign called ‘Follow Your Happiness’, which was driven by three pillars: Future, Youth and Happiness. Within each pillar there are a series of projects and initiatives, with a significant emphasis on the environment and sustainability, as Canon explains. These initiatives were recognised industry-wide and Canon received the Creative Innovator Awards for 2017 in the ‘Best Innovation – Public good’ category for the CSR campaign.

The OEM’s other subsidiaries have also received accolades and recognition for their commitment to sustainability in recent months.

In February 2018 Canon USA was honoured as one of the world’s most ethical companies, and has been supporting reforestation following the wildfires that have ravaged parts of the country this year. In addition, Canon Europe has been celebrating its successes in Africa with its Miraisha sustainability program.

EcoVadis is an independent CSR assessment agency. Its unique CSR assessment methodology covers 150 purchasing categories, 110 countries, and 21 CSR indicators. The methodology is also built on international CSR standards including the Global Reporting Initiative, the United Nations Global Compact, and the ISO 26000.

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