Canon Virginia Named as the First Manufacturer to Earn Responsible Recycling (R2) Certification

  Canon Virginia Named as the First Manufacturer to Earn Responsible Recycling
  (R2) Certification

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MELVILLE, N.Y -- April 08, 2013

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced
that its wholly owned subsidiary, Canon Virginia, Inc. (CVI), is the first
original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to achieve Responsible Recycling
Practices for Electronics Recyclers (R2) certification. This certification is
a result of an independent audit of CVI’s facilities in Newport News, Va.,
confirming that it’s facilities meet the R2 Standard, a comprehensive set of
best management practices governing the environmental, health, safety and
security aspects of the electronics recycling industry.

Electronic manufacturing companies typically employ third-party recyclers,
however, the majority of the recycling at the CVI facility is done on site.
This practice helps to reduce the environmental footprint of the product and
is another example of Canon’s dedication to maximizing efficiency and
environmental practices. While other recycling companies have been recipients
of the R2 Certification, CVI is the first OEM to receive this distinction.

“Achieving R2 certification is a major accomplishment and supports our
commitment to the environment,” said Toru Nishizawa, president and chief
executive officer, Canon Virginia. “We work very hard to ensure the recycling
side of our business complements Canon’s research and development efforts to
help minimize the environmental impact of our products. As an OEM, Canon is
combining manufacturing and recycling under one roof to strengthen our profile
and offer a unique business value to our customers and society.”

R2 is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-recognized accreditation standard
that helps to ensure electronics recyclers remain accountable for their
processes while also helping to protect supply chain employees, and others,
who are exposed to e-waste. The R2 audit involves a seven-step process that
evaluates over 50 areas of operational performance. The certification ensures
the highest levels of compliance in environmental practices, procedures and
data security and implements strict recycling and material disposal

This certification, covering the Canon facilities in Virginia responsible for
the testing, refurbishment and repair of returned copiers, printers and
cameras, is one example of Canon’s dedication to maximizing sound
environmental practices while continually looking for ways to reduce
consumption throughout all aspects of the business. Recently, Canon U.S.A.,
Inc. became one of the first electronic equipment manufacturers with
qualifying products in the new imaging equipment category of EPEAT^®, a global
registry for greener electronics. CVI’s R2 Certification helps support Canon’s
efforts to promote various environmental initiatives more effectively
throughout the product life-cycle, supported by Canon U.S.A., Inc.’s
Environmental Management System and ISO 14001 certificate. Canon U.S.A., Inc.,
and more than 700 additional Canon sites worldwide, adhere to the ISO 14001
standard which acts as a guideline for organizations to develop effective
Environmental Management Systems.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business,
and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in
global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall
in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s
Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital
camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for
camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest
level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based
consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon
U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental
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