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Is Canon an ethical printer brand?

Within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Printers, Scanners & All In Ones sector, Canon is an above benchmark brand due to its high score.

As a result, Canon is eligible for Ethical Accreditation. In order to be awarded with our Ethical Mark, all it needs to do is apply so that we can provide it with an assessment and some tips on how to make some minor improvements.

To find out how other brands within the Ethical Printers, Scanners & All In Ones sector compare against Canon, you can visit the Printers, Scanners & All In Ones Ethical Ratings Table. Our Ratings Table can help you to find out more about the criteria that a brand has to meet to achieve meeting our minimum Ethical Benchmark.

The Good Shopping Guide encourages all brands to follow the example set by our top-rated brands and introduce more sustainable policies before applying for Ethical Accreditation.

What does Canon receive a top rating for?

As an above benchmark brand, The Good Shopping Guide awards Canon with a top rating for many of our categories.

We were especially impressed with Canon’s top score for our Conflict Minerals research category. Canon is a member of RMI and has a policy on Responsible Minerals Sourcing. This policy states that the company conducts due diligence inquiries on supplies to ensure responsibility.

What does Canon receive a bottom rating for?

Unfortunately, Canon receives a bottom rating for Human Rights. KnowTheChain benchmarked over 180 large global companies in a variety of sectors such as ICT, Food and Beverage and Footwear to address their efforts to address forced labour and human trafficking in their supply chains. Unfortunately, Canon received a score of 14/100.

What can Canon do to improve its score? 

Canon’s score within The Good Shopping Guide is the result of a calculation of multiple ethical criteria.

As it already has an above benchmark score in the Ethical Printers, Scanners & All In Ones sector, all Canon needs to do to receive our logo is apply for Ethical Accreditation. By applying, Canon would receive some tips on how to work on its bottom scores and would be able to proudly display our ethics and sustainability certification.

Could Ethical Accreditation help your brand of printers, scanners, and all-in-ones? The Ethical Printers, Scanners & All-In-Ones Ratings Tables in The Good Shopping Guide can show you which other products have earned our ethical and sustainability accreditation. Please get in touch with us or complete a short initial evaluation form if you’d like further information.

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  • Environmental Report


  • Nuclear Power


  • Eco Labels


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Code of Conduct


  • Political Donations


  • Human Rights


  • Conflict Minerals



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Other Criticisms


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