In line with the Canon corporate philosophy of Kyosei ( 共生), we established policies to address environmental and social sustainability concerns. Kyosei means living and working together for the common good into the future. Kyosei shapes our mission and values for our business activities. We believe that operating in environmentally and socially responsible way is key to translate sustainability into tangible business advantages.

Our sustainability activities are developed under top management leadership, and consist of two areas: Environmental Consciousness and Corporate Citizenship. Our environmental concern is embedded into our products and operations. In addition we act as a responsible global citizen and contribute to society through business activities.

Our Policies and Principles

We seek to harmonize environmental and economic interests in the development of innovative print and document management products and services for professional environments. Our products and services enable the management of documents while minimizing the impact on the environment. By establishing and operating an environmental management system, we continuously improve our environmental performance. In all our activities, we comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations, as well as with Canon Group environmental assurance policies.

We act as a responsible corporate citizen in our relationships with the communities in which we operate, and we contribute to cultural improvement and enriched lifestyles.

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Environmental Management System

sustainability_plan-do-check-actIn line with Canon’s Environmental Assurance activities based on the ISO 14001 standard, we developed a common frame work, the Environmental Management System (EMS). Find our certificates here.

Our EMS covers both Product management and Operational Site management. The EMS contains a continuous improvement mechanism, which consists of four phases. First we define our environmental targets (Plan) and carry out activities to achieve them (Do). Then we monitor the progress (Check). Based on the results we decide whether to adapt our plans (Act).

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Sustainability Track Record

Sustainability is in our DNA. Throughout our more than a century long history, we have contributed to sustainability through innovation. The beginning of the company in 1877 was highlighted by the invention of a butter coloring agent produced from an organic ingredient. The business expanded from ammonia-free copiers and media in 1920s to our high volume plain paper digital printing systems and services of today. Our sustainability activities are included in the Canon Sustainability Report.

2010 –

  • 2016 
    Océ Display Graphics Systems (Canada) becomes part of Canon Group consolidated ISO 14001 certificate.
  • 2015
    Océ-Technologies (The Netherlands) and Océ Printing Systems (Germany) become part of Canon Group consolidated ISO 14001 certificate.
  • 2012
    Océ Printing Systems awarded the 2012 Bavarian Innovation Prize for innovative design and technology of the Océ ColorStream 3000 series.
  • 2011
    We introduce the energy-efficient Océ VarioPrint DP Line, with the lowest Typical Energy Consumption (TEC) in the mid-production market.
    We introduce the Océ HeadSafe concept for the Océ ColorStream 3500, saving ink, preventing unnecessary cleaning procedures and waste prints.
  • 2010
    We receive the “Ruban d’Honneur” award and rank among the 10 best companies of the European Business Awards in category “Environmental Awareness”.
    Awarded with the Green IT Editor’s Choice award, acknowledging Océ sustainability measures and drive to help customers become more sustainable.

2000 – 2009

  • 2009
    Ranked in the top-five of listed companies in the Dutch Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index.
    Joining the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC).
  • 2008
    We introduce the Océ Prémia Class remanufactured product line, providing a sustainable alternative to newly manufactured equipment.
    Océ participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
  • 2006
    Océ receives customer awards for “Most Valuable Supplier” and “Best in Sustainability and Environmental Performance”.
    We launch the first printer with the unique Gemini Instant Duplex technology (VarioPrint 6250), bringing significant savings on energy consumption.
  • 2004
    Océ is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
    Our first Sustainability Report is published.
  • 2003
    We install a Corporate Sustainability Forum, advising senior management on Sustainability Development.
  • 2002
    We sign up with the UN Global Compact.
  • 2001
    We introduce our first full-color printer, the Océ CPS700, with zero ozone emissions.

1990 – 1999

  • 1999
    Our manufacturing site in Poing receives ISO 14001 certification.
    Joining the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC).
  • 1997
    Our manufacturing site in Venlo receives ISO 14001 certification.
  • 1996
    The Océ 3165 printer receives Blue-Angel certification
  • 1995
    We launch the first Eco-copier, the Océ 7050.
  • 1991
    We joined the Business Charter for Sustainable Development (International Chnamber of Commerce).
  • 1990
    We open an Asset Recovery facility for returned products.

1950 – 1989

  • 1983
    We install paper-coating machines that enable solvents recovery of up to 97% of the solvents used to be recovered.
  • 1975
    In Germany, we establish Europe’s first award for research in the field of environmental protection.
  • 1958
    We develop a production process for coating paper in such way that 80% of the solvents used can be recovered.
  • 1950
    We install the Works Council in Venlo.

1870 – 1949

  • 1927
    We invent an ammonia-free, diazo-copying process for technical drawings.
  • 1924
    Frans van de Grinten, son of Lodewijk van de Grinten, invents an industrial mask (v/d Grinten Luchtkap) to protect the employees from inhaling butter-coloring agents.
  • 1877
    We invent butter-coloring agents made from vegetable raw materials rather than chemicals.
  • 1870
    Our founder Lodewijk van der Grinten, investigates the quality of drinking water in Venlo