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Economy
Job Creation

Canon contributes to the development of local economies through the employment and career development of human resources in the countries and regions where it operates.

Regional Contribution by Employment

Canon continues to employ more than 180,000 people worldwide since 2010 (197,673 as of December 31, 2016) and promotes global scale business. The number of people is 25,511 in Europe, 19,160 in the Americas, 80,089 in Asia and Oceania, and 72,913 in Japan. This continues to contribute to the economies around the world.

Canon Group Employee Numbers in 2016

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Creating Local Employment Opportunities at Production Bases

In order to help stimulate local communities and economies through job creation, we focus on local employment when establishing or expanding production bases.

For example, Canon Prachinburi (Thailand), which started operations in 2013, has hired approximately 4,500 people locally, and Canon Business Machines (Philippines) employs approximately 3,400 local residents (as of December 31, 2016).

Canon guarantees that its employees are paid substantially more than the local minimum wage.

Comparison of Canon’s Minimum Wage to Local Minimum Wage
Japan U.S. China
Local minimum monthly wage 139,800yen 1,233dollars 1,628renminbi
Canon Standard minimum monthly wage 161,900yen 1,887dollars 2,403renminbi
Ratio compared to local minimum wage 116% 153% 148%

(As of December 31, 2016)

  • * Figures represent wages for leading manufacturing companies in each region, not average wages.

Promoting Globalization of Executive Management

Under its corporate philosophy of kyosei, Canon seeks to grow and prosper together with all of the countries and regions of the world, building better ties as it proceeds with globalization. Canon therefore appoints appropriate personnel, regardless of nationality, as presidents, executive officers, and managers of subsidiaries in each country and region where it operates.

Comparison of Canon’s Minimum Wage to Local Minimum Wage

(%)

The Americas Europe Asia(excluding Japan)
Presidents 30.0 95.1 26.7
Managers 90.8 97.9 90.5

(As of December 31, 2016)

  • * Share of non-Japanese appointed as presidents and managers

Proactive Support for the Participation of People with Disabilities in Society

Respecting the ideal of normalization* advocated by the United Nations, Canon proactively employs persons with disabilities at its subsidiaries in Japan.

For example, at Canon Inc., we have been proactive in employing persons with disabilities for many years, maintaining their share in our workforce above the 2.0% legal requirement. We are doing our utmost to make workplaces more comfortable and accessible for people with disabilities by improving our facilities, including providing greater barrier-free access. Additionally, we are working to expand the range and nature of jobs for people with disabilities, while also ensuring that they are settling into and becoming active members of their assigned workplaces. Canon has incorporated hands-on workplace learning experience into the selection process to ensure that new hires can contribute quickly after they are hired and assigned to a workplace.

Canon Wind primarily hires people with intellectual disabilities. In addition to maintaining a high employee retention rate, this employment helps us realize our corporate philosophy of kyosei.

  • * The principle of normalization
    According to the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons adopted by the United Nations in 1982, society is made up of many different types of people and it is normal for people with and without disabilities to co-exist in all settings. Therefore, we should create an environment in which all people can live and work together.
Number and Percentage of Disabled Employees at Canon Inc.

Number and Percentage of Disabled Employees at Canon Inc.

Canon Wind Employee in Abilympics

The Abilympics (officially known as the National Skills Competition for Persons with Disabilities) is a competition to improve the vocational skills of persons with disabilities and raise the awareness of society at large.

At the 36th Abilympics in 2016, we fielded three competitors: one each from Canon Inc., Fukushima Canon and Canon Wind. Manabu Kai from Canon Wind represented Oita Prefecture in the office assistant category. This was his second appearance at the national competition, achieving a superb record.

Canon Wind is a subsidiary of Oita Canon formed in 2008 as a joint venture with Gyoun Fukushikai, with the aim of promoting employment for persons with intellectual disabilities. This unique initiative, which aims to open up new areas of work for the disabled through manufacturing knowledge, is attracting attention.

Manabu Kai of Canon Wind gives full concentration to the competition

Manabu Kai of Canon Wind gives full concentration to the competition