Fuji Xerox Steps Up to Lead in Ethical Paper Sourcing at Forest Stewardship Council Vancouver Declaration
SINGAPORE, November 7, 2017 – Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd announced its decision to strengthen its ethical sourcing commitment by pledging support to the Vancouver Declaration, in partnership with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), to further reiterate its commitment to sustainability in the region. The Vancouver Declaration was launched on 11 October 2017 at the 8th FSC General Assembly held in Vancouver, Canada, as part of FSC’s wider ambition to help businesses meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
As a company positioned in the middle of the paper-use supply chain, Fuji Xerox has a corporate responsibility and influence over its suppliers and customers in paper use. Since 2004, Fuji Xerox has established a paper procurement standard, setting key requirements for suppliers, including the traceability of raw materials and the environmental management of manufacturing plants. The requirements were raised in 2012 to a comprehensive suppliers’ assessment against three key CSR aspects such as environmental conservation, rights of local residents and corporate ethics (including human rights). Suppliers are suspended if problems are found from the perspective of social or environmental sustainability.
At present, all of Fuji Xerox’s 15 operating offices in Japan and Asia Pacific* upholds its paper procurement policy and adheres to FSC guidelines, among other international standards that ensure that the forests around the world are responsibly managed. With the decline in precious forest resources and rising climate challenges, Fuji Xerox aims to work towards more sustainable sourcing of products derived from forests, by increasing the use of its materials from responsibly managed forests in the region and its emerging markets.
“FSC is delighted to have Fuji Xerox joining the Vancouver Declaration,” says Adam Beaumont, the regional director of FSC Asia Pacific. “By doing so shows that Fuji Xerox acknowledges FSC as the most credible and widely acceptable supplier of choice. We’re looking forward to seeing Fuji Xerox to increase their shares of FSC certified sourced materials.”
Currently FSC has covered more than 15 percent of the global industrial wood production.
“We’ve sold FSC paper in our business for more than two decades,” said Janet Neo, head of Corporate Sustainability, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific. “The FSC Vancouver Declaration is a natural step up in our ethical sourcing commitment. Joining this declaration is a testament of our constant pursuit to maintain and improve our status as a green company, and aligns the company closer to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals that were established to ‘transform’ the world.”
Fuji Xerox plans to build on this momentum to further streamline its business operations in the region to support the company’s global sustainability commitment of reducing regional carbon footprint across the value chain by 30 percent by 2020, and to be a thought leader for customers, partners and vendors on some of the most impactful sustainability issues. To highlight the current and future market demand for FSC certification, and the challenges and opportunities in the pulp, paper and packaging sector, Fuji Xerox will be participating in the FSC Asia Pacific Business Forum 2017 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
*Australia, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam
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About Fuji Xerox:
Founded in 1962, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. is a leading company in the Document Services & Communications field, offering solutions and services to help customers resolve their business challenges. Underlying our solutions and services are our world-class office multifunction devices, printers and production printers that we develop and manufacture for worldwide distribution. Together with cloud and mobile solutions, Fuji Xerox builds a communications environment that enable our customers to access the right information, at the right time, and in the right form—thereby contributing to their valuable communications.
Fuji Xerox is a 75-25 joint venture between FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation and Xerox Corporation, and its direct sales force covers Japan and the Asia-Pacific region including China. We employ approximately 47,000 people globally, with more than 80 domestic and overseas affiliates / sales subsidiaries. More information of Fuji Xerox is available at www.fujixerox.com.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible forest management around the world. As the world’s most trusted sustainable forest management solution, FSC certification ensures forests products are responsibly managed and harvested, enables businesses and consumers to make informed choices about the forest products they buy, and create positive change to keep our forests healthy for generations to come. Officially established in 1994, FSC operates in 80 countries around the world. Today, there are 199 million hectares of forests certified to the FSC standard globally, with 11 million of those in the APAC region.