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Important Issues from a Social Perspective

Canon’s global business operations are supported by the stability and growth of international and local communities. Today, our world faces a mountain of social issues that include global warming and other environmental issues, an increasing frequency of natural disasters caused by climate change, and issues related to poverty and economic disparity. It is clear from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015 that these social issues must be resolved in order to achieve sustainable development. Meeting these goals will require countries, regions, governments, and companies to overcome their differences and work together for the common good.

Recognizing this situation, Canon is drawing on its resources, such as its advanced technological strengths, global business deployment, and diverse, specialized human resources, to engage in activities tailored to the characteristics of each region. We carry out these activities in cooperation with the CSR Division and other related administrative and business divisions, as well as with each Group company both in Japan and overseas.

Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief

As the number of major natural disasters occurring around the world rises, Canon remains committed to continuously providing donations and raising funds in cooperation with local NPOs and NGOs that have an understanding of the needs in disaster-stricken areas. We are working to enhance such activities by obtaining opinions and feedback through regular interviews and reports provided by NPOs and NGOs. Furthermore, we are determinedly participating in activities that support recovery efforts in disaster-stricken areas.

Social Welfare

Social welfare issues vary widely by region. Canon engages in various welfare activities with the aim of creating places where everyone can lead satisfying lives thanks to increased opportunities for both employment and self-expression. Specifically, we work with NPOs and NGOs in activities to support people with disabilities and to assist the sound development of children.

Local Communities

As a corporate citizen with deep roots in local communities, Canon engages in cross-cultural activities and school construction to help develop the knowledge and diverse values of children in those communities. In regard to the impact we have in each region of our global operations, we strive to stay in close communication with members of local communities and implement contribution programs in line with local needs.

Education and Science

To promote the future development of manufacturing and technology, Canon draws on its cutting-edge technologies to teach young people about the practical applications of optics technologies and to impart systematic knowledge through hands-on experiments. We also collaborate with both industrial and academic institutions to establish research facilities. In these ways, we support the development of the next generation.

Art, Culture and Sports

Canon contributes to the development of visual culture through its business activities. As a company that pursues imaging technologies that evoke and encourage a wealth of human emotions and feelings, Canon implements projects that contribute to the promotion of art and culture. We also work to nurture a new generation of photographers and provide support for local sports.

Related SDGs

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development