High-Priority Management Themes at Fuji Xerox
Continuing responsible paper procurement
Preserving Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Recognizing the value of biodiversity, Fuji Xerox seeks to reduce the environmental impact of its business activities while striving to preserve our natural surroundings and strengthening employee awareness through various social engagement activities.
For example, we require all suppliers of copier paper to ensure legal and regulatory compliance and to take steps to eliminate any repercussions from timber harvest on the ecosystem and the local population. This is among the requirements set forth in our Environmental, Health and Safety Rules for Paper Procurement. In this and other ways, our purchasing activities take proper account of biodiversity issues. In ethical procurement activities with parts suppliers underway since fiscal 2007, we have sought to stimulate interest in biodiversity in several ways, including guidelines stressing the importance of conserving the natural environment.In addition to activities like these intended to reduce the impact of our business activities, we strive to promote employee awareness through local contribution activities to preserve natural surroundings, such as by participating in the Tokyo Greenship Action and in nature preservation efforts in the mountains ("satoyama"). We also participate in the Japan Business Initiative for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity (JBIB), a project established in 2008, to help enhance these initiatives. By reviewing advanced case studies and by examining various approaches and methods to strengthen corporate biodiversity efforts along with other participating companies, we are applying the results of these studies to advance our own efforts.
Responsible Procurement and Supply of Paper for Preserving Biodiversity
Fuji Xerox formulated the Environmental, Health and Safety Rules for Paper Procurement to inform its suppliers of its criteria for the procurement, use and sale of paper. The rules also include criteria for CSR-oriented operation to urge suppliers to preserve biodiversity and respect the rights of local communities as part of all their business activities. Based on these standards, we started in 2012 to achieve the stable procurement of paper in a manner that is in harmony with the sustainability of forest resources and the local community. We do so by confirming the procurement situation through on-site audits and a committee headed by the management team.
Our efforts, which also won the involvement of affiliated companies and suppliers both in and outside of Japan, received high acclaim, resulting in us being awarded the Grand Prize at the 18th Green Purchasing Award for Expanding the Green Market in fiscal 2017.
We will ensure paper suppliers’ compliance with the rules throughout fiscal 2018 also so that we can continue to provide customers with paper that they can use with peace of mind.
1.Principles on transactions with paper suppliers (Requirements for our suppliers)
Suppliers shall comply with both national and regional laws and regulations in the countries where they operate, and shall conduct business in consideration of the protection of valuable local forests and their ecosystems.
- Right of local communities
Suppliers shall see to it that the rights of local communities, such as the right to exist, are protected, and shall fully engage in dialogue with local communities whose rights might be seriously affected by their business activities.
- Corporate ethics
Suppliers shall protect the rights of their workers, conduct fair transactions as a matter of routine, and avoid any association with antisocial forces or organizations.
2.Principles on paper procurement (Requirements for paper suppliers that meet the aforementioned transaction criteria)
- The paper materials shall be derived from forests managed in a sustainable manner, forests certified by a third-party organization or forests that are well managed.
- For recycled pulp, the supplier of waste paper used as raw materials shall be clearly identifiable.
- The chemical substances used in the manufacturing process shall be confirmed to be safe.
- The bleaching process used for the paper shall be chlorine-free.
- The manufacturing facilities shall have environmental management systems.