Canon returns the profits of its activities to local communities for their development.
Canon believes that, as a multinational corporation with operations spanning the globe, the proper payment of taxes in the countries and regions where it operates is one of its most fundamental and important social responsibilities. Accordingly, Canon abides by the following principles with regard to tax matters.
Many countries around the world face extreme economic challenges. In carrying out its global business operations, Canon provides various forms of assistance tailored to the specific needs of the region. For example, monetary and personnel assistance to aid the construction of new schools and other public facilities, or donations of Canon products or services may be offered.
Since December 2014, Canon Europe has been expanding its Miraisha Program, a social investment initiative in Africa. Miraisha is a portmanteau of the Japanese word “mirai,” meaning future, and the Swahili word “maisha,” meaning life. Through the program, Canon aims to improve skills and increase employment opportunities for local young people in Africa’s growing photography, video and print industries.
Canon Europe and Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) have together facilitated workshops of photography and film-making in several African countries including Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria. Through partnerships with local organisations, educational institutions and event organisers, and with the assistance of Canon Ambassadors, the Miraisha Program has so far delivered training to more than 3,000 workshop participants.
Under the Miraisha Program, Canon Europe has also run a curriculum for local print companies. While printing demand in Ghana has increased in recent years accompanying economic growth, print quality, customer service and corporate management levels have not yet reached international standards, and a large portion of the printing business is outsourced to foreign companies. In 2016, 22 small print companies in Ghana joined Canon’s Professional Print Excellence training to discover opportunities in digital printing, to improve their core business skills, including business planning, customer care, and technical know-how, as well as gaining access to new customers and tenders.
The Miraisha Program is helping Canon Europe to engage with local communities in Africa while enhancing competitiveness in industries in the African market. By collaborating with distribution and training partners, including the development of local trainers, Canon Europe is using its core imaging skills to help people in Africa to make a living in professional photography, film and print – sectors which are expected to grow in the future.
Canon India carries out the 4E’s Project in cooperation with a local NGO, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India. The project provides various forms of assistance in the fields of eye care, education, the environment and empowerment, to less privileged villages in the vicinity of the Canon India office.
As a manufacturer of ophthalmic equipment, Canon is dedicated to making advancements in the field of eye care, in particular by facilitating comprehensive eye screening to help those with vision impairments. Cataracts are a major cause of visual impairment in India, and yet 80% of these cases can be prevented or treated. To bridge this gap, Canon constructs vision centers in selected villages and provides examinations as well as treatment. Moreover, Canon encourages villagers to have eye examinations by setting up eye check-up clinics and distributing informative pamphlets. In 2016, a total of 101 clinics were conducted, during which 7,537 people received eye examinations.
Also, in the area of education, Canon India supports schools by assisting the development of school infrastructure, teacher training and computer classes. On the environmental side, Canon India donates solar panels, plants trees, and takes part in the recycling of waste paper.
These activities were appreciated and received in the category of “Promotion of Education” at “CSR Excellence Award” sponsored by Bureaucracy Today in Indian bureaucracy/corporate magazine.
In 2016, the project added the fourth E: empowerment. To this end, Canon established a vocational training center in the village of Ferozepur Namak, Haryana State. The center provides computer skills training to students and young people from the village, empowering them, for example, by widening their career choices. Canon has supplied 20 computers and pays wages for the trainers through an NGO.
In collaboration with an NGO, SOS Children's Villages of India, Canon launched a campaign to provide orphanage children with education and nutritious meals. In 2016, 187 Canon staff agreed to donate 400 rupees each per month and Canon India donated an equal amount to the orphanage through a matching gift arrangement.
Canon Vietnam and Canon Marketing Vietnam promote various activities of For the Next Generation, a local program to improve the educational environment for children, who will serve as the next generation of Vietnam.
The Friendship School Chain Project, one of the most well known of these activities, works to construct classrooms and donate desks and chairs to schools in rural areas where infrastructure development is slow moving. Project volunteers regularly visit recipient schools to help with infrastructure renovation such as building tables and chairs, repainting school, and to present donations of school supplies.
Over the nine years since its launch in 2007, the project has spread to 55 schools in 22 provinces. Canon Vietnam also provides scholarships to talented high school and university students from underprivileged families, loans bicycles to students who have to commute long distances, and conducts environmental classes at elementary schools.
Canon Vietnam’s aim in these activities is to have employees work directly with children and local people as volunteers. Such activities also provide opportunities for employees to deepen their connections with one another.
As part of its activities to contribute to local communities, Canon Dalian supports impoverished schools in the rural area north of Dalian, to improve the educational environment for children. In 2016, in cooperation with the Zhuanghe municipal government, Canon renovated school facilities such as washrooms, and put idle company equipment and furniture to use as teaching computers, library desks and shelves. We also used tiles made exclusively of waste materials generated in Canon Dalian’s manufacturing processes to provide a pathway in front of the school, creating a safe, comfortable learning environment.
In April 2016, in addition to continuing the material support noted above, Canon Dalian invited all grade-five and grade-six students from five Canon Hope Elementary Schools on a company tour. Educational activities involved environmental protection and tours to cultural facilities in the city to broaden the knowledge of the students. Canon Dalian has maintained these activities continuously for 22 years, and as a result, in 2016 it was selected as a model company for the region by the Dalian City Project Hope office.
Together with other Canon Group companies in Thailand, Canon Hi-Tech (Thailand) held environmental education events at Bhan Na-Klang School near the factory. The aim was to improve the learning environment for the children and pave the way toward a sustainable society. The events involved roughly 300 people; children, Canon Group employees, local residents and volunteers maintained and repaired school facilities and studied environmental issues. They also prepared lunch together and got to know each other better. In 2016, this sort of event was carried out on 10 occasions, and was greatly appreciated by the local community and public institutions. We will continue these educational support activities in the future.
Canon established the Canon Foundation in 2008 with the aim of contributing to the ongoing prosperity and well-being of humankind through a wide range of support activities for both organizations and individuals engaged in research, business or education in various academic fields, most notably science and technology.
The Canon Foundation has established two research grant programs, the Creation of Industrial Infrastructure grant and Pursuit of Ideals grant, both of which are open to researchers working at universities and other public research institutions throughout Japan.
In 2016, we held the fourth Pursuit of Ideals symposium in July, and the fifth Creation of Industrial Infrastructure research results presentation in August, providing opportunities for grant recipients to report on research progress. Twelve projects were selected for Creation of Industrial Infrastructure grants in 2017, while three were chosen for Pursuit of Ideals grants on the theme of food. A total of 240 million yen in grants was awarded.
Furthermore, to make the results of the research available to the general public, the Canon Foundation Library published its second volume, with articles by the researchers. We also began activities to encourage articles by informing local media of research that would lead to regional revitalization.