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Fuji Xerox pledges support for ethical paper sourcing

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Fuji Xerox pledges support for ethical paper sourcing

Mr. Sam Allen - Regional Paper Business Manager - declares Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd ’s commitment at the FSC Forum. Photo: Fuji Xerox

Support pledged at Forest Stewardship Council Asia Pacific Business Forum in Hanoi on November 7-8.

by Long Van

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Asia Pacific Business Forum was organized at the Sheraton Hotel in Hanoi from November 7 to 8, with the participation of the Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

The Forum was held to highlight existing and future market demand for FSC certification and the challenges and opportunities in the pulp, paper, and packaging sector.

Fuji Xerox announced at the Forum its decision to strengthen its ethical sourcing commitment by pledging support for the Vancouver Declaration, in partnership with the FSC, to further reiterate its commitment to sustainability in the region. The Vancouver Declaration was launched on October 11, 2017 at the 8th FSC General Assembly held in Vancouver, Canada, as part of the 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 corporate social responsibility (CSR) and an influence over its suppliers and customers in paper use. Since 2004, it has established a paper procurement standard that sets 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, the rights of local residents, and corporate ethics, including human rights. Suppliers will be 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 elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, such as Australia, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam uphold its paper procurement policy and adhere 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.

“The FSC is delighted to have Fuji Xerox joining the Vancouver Declaration,” said Mr. Adam Beaumont, Regional Director of FSC Asia Pacific. “Doing so shows that Fuji Xerox acknowledges the FSC as the most credible and widely acceptable supplier of choice. We’re looking forward to seeing Fuji Xerox increase their share of FSC-certified source materials.” 

The FSC now covers more than 15 per cent of global industrial wood production.

“We’ve sold FSC paper in our business for more than two decades,” said Ms. Janet Neo, Head of Corporate Sustainability at Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific. “The Vancouver Declaration is a natural step up in our ethical sourcing commitment. Joining this declaration is testament to 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 the regional carbon footprint across the value chain by 30 per cent by 2020 and to be a thought leader for customers, partners, and vendors on some of the most impactful sustainability issues.

About Fuji Xerox

Founded in 1962, the 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 enables our customers to access the right information, at the right time, and in the right form, contributing to their valuable communications.

Fuji Xerox is a 75:25 joint venture between the FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation and the 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.

Xerox, Xerox and Design, as well as Fuji Xerox and Design are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Xerox Corporation in Japan and/or other countries.

More information of Fuji Xerox is available at www.fujixerox.com.vn.

About FSC

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 creates positive change to keep our forests healthy for generations to come. Officially established in 1994, the FSC operates in 80 countries around the world. Today, there are 199 million ha of forests certified to FSC standards globally, with 11 million of those in the APAC region.

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