Canon contributes to the recovery and reconstruction of areas affected by natural disasters around the world.
Canon provides aid to areas affected by natural disasters around the world through monetary donations and fundraising activities. After assessing the need and viability of sending aid with the assistance of our operational sites closest to a particular disaster, we do our best to offer timely relief, and also conduct follow-up assessments of our activities. In the case of long-term aid, we are careful to take appropriate action in each phase of a project.
Our greatest wish for those whose lives have been impacted by disaster is that they may return to their normal lives as quickly as possible. To aid this process, in 2016 Canon made the contributions shown in the following table. In particular, in response to the flooding that struck central Vietnam in October 2016, Canon Vietnam and Canon Marketing Vietnam held a donation drive among employees and, working together with other local Japanese companies, prepared funds and relief supplies (including food, daily necessities, and medicine). Canon representatives directly delivered relief supplies to about 600 households that were hit especially hard. We have received many expressions of gratitude from local governments and residents for the timely assistance.
|Feb||Taiwan earthquake support||$3,000,000 (TWD)|
|Apr||Kumamoto and Oita earthquake support||¥10,000,000 (JPY)|
|May||Western Canada fire support||$20,000 (CAD)|
|Aug||Central Italy earthquake support||€30,000 (EUR)|
|Oct||Vietnam flooding support||$13,298 (USD)|
Canon Inc. has held its Charity Book Fair annually since 1997. Employees of the Canon Group in Japan, along with their families, donate unwanted books, CDs, and DVDs for sale at an in-house bazaar. The proceeds, matched by the company under a matching gift program, are donated to groups that support education and medical services in Asia. In 2016, about 930,000 yen was collected and shared among four NPOs.
Canon Inc. is a special sponsor of the UNHCR Refugee Film Festival, held annually by UNHCR Representation in Japan and Japan for UNHCR*. We provide support for a photo exhibition, the printing of posters, and other activities that make use of our technical expertise.
Expanding the circle of support, 172 of our employees participated in WFP Walk the World, a charity walk in support of the activities of the World Food Programme (WFP). We also held a school meal tasting event at our Shimomaruko headquarters with the aim of deepening understanding of WFP activities. On the day of the event, 200 employees sampled ugali, a cornmeal dish with a dough-like consistency that is often served as part of school meals in Africa.
Canon utilizes the power of photography to offer ongoing support to areas that have been severely affected by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. A Tohoku Recovery and Reconstruction Promotion Office dedicated to promoting recovery in the Tohoku region was established at Canon Marketing Japan’s Sendai branch to encourage effective, long-term support activities while keeping the changing issues (needs) for the area in mind. Through this office, Canon is working to deepen partnerships with surrounding municipal governments affected by the earthquake. Canon also collects information through NPOs, NGOs, and social welfare associations.
In 2016, we continued our involvement in the Smile for the Future Project, holding photography classes for children and local residents from disaster-stricken areas on three occasions. These activities, focused on the enjoyment of photography and having fun with nature, are helping residents to rebuild their communities.
Canon Inc. and Fukushima Canon co-hosted an event called Fukushima Community Support on four occasions. Designed to support community rebuilding for residents still living in temporary housing, the event provided them the opportunity to participate in photography classes and photo shoots. In addition, we partnered with Starbucks Coffee Japan, Ltd., and the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management to organize the Michi no Café in Rikuzentakata City (Iwate Prefecture) as an ongoing earthquake-recovery assistance project.