Fuji Xerox have 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 October 11 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 (SDGs). 

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.

Adam Beaumont, the regional director of FSC Asia Pacific, says the FSC is delighted to have Fuji Xerox joining the Vancouver Declaration.

"By doing so shows that Fuji Xerox acknowledges FSC as the most credible and widely acceptable supplier of choice," Beaumont said. 

"We're looking forward to seeing Fuji Xerox increase their shares of FSC certified sourced materials." 

Currently, FSC has covered more than 15% of the global industrial wood production. 

According to Janet Neo, head of corporate sustainability at Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific, they have sold FSC paper in their business for more than two decades.

"The FSC Vancouver Declaration is a natural step up in our ethical sourcing commitment," Neo adds.

"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 SDGs 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% by 2020, and to be a though 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 from November 7-8.