Canon Europe completes stage two of global ISO 14001 certification

Entire organisation on track for certification in 2007, with 90% now completed

LONDON, December 4, 2006 – Canon Europe, world-leader in imaging technology solutions, continues to take major strides in environmental policy as it completes the second stage of a three phase process to achieve one overarching certification for ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems.  In Europe, 90% of Canon companies have now passed certification audits and been recommended for certification, with the remainder in the process of becoming certified. This means that almost 200 Canon sites and 10,000 employees are already working with the environmental management system in Europe.

ISO 14001 specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organisation to develop a policy and objectives that take into account legal requirements and information about significant environmental aspects.  The overall aim of this international standard is to support environmental protection and prevention of pollution in balance with socio-economic needs.

Canon’s ISO 14001 certification provides powerful evidence of the company’s environmental commitment to its customers, investors, partners and other stakeholders.  The environmental management system covered by the certification is helping to reduce the organisation’s environmental footprint. Canon’s new European car fleet policy is a good example:  Canon is reducing its impact on global warming by lowering the carbon dioxide emissions of its car fleet of 5,000 across Europe.  Emissions from new lease cars are now limited to 180 g/km. Also several offices, including the European headquarters in the Netherlands, have now started to purchase green electricity.

Hajime Tsuruoka, President and CEO of Canon Europe said:  “Most organisations have separate ISO 14001 certificates in place each of their local management systems.  We therefore believe that having one global ISO14001 certificate covering all our business activities is quite unique, and reflective of the fact that we are building one global environmental management system.”

He continued: “We at Canon are deeply committed to the environment, and fully cognisant ofour responsibilities beyond the everyday business domain.  This attitude is driven by our corporate philosophy of Kyosei – which means living and working together for the common good.  While Canon has global environmental strategies and objectives in place, we have customised and localised the global Canon system to create European-specific strategies to meet the demands of our local organisations and markets in which we operate.”

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