As a good corporate citizen with deep roots in local communities, Canon assists the sound development of children living in those communities.
Canon U.S.A. supports the activities of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), an NPO engaged in the recovery of missing children in the United States. When a child goes missing, their photographs are the most vital piece of information for the search.
Canon U.S.A. has donated more than 2,500 digital cameras, scanners, printers, and other equipment to help law enforcement agencies quickly disseminate photographs and information regarding missing children.
In addition to donating $466,392 (USD) in 2016, in January 2017 Canon sponsored a charity event where we raised and donated a total of $357,600 (USD) to NCMEC.
Since 2010, Canon Marketing Thailand has been supporting the Canon Blind Project, a photography class for the visually impaired, in cooperation with a volunteer group of photographers, Pict4All. This project aims to provide opportunities for visually impaired students to elevate self-expression skills by learning to express their thoughts and feelings using photography as a tool. Canon Marketing Thailand supports the project by providing cameras and printers for the students’ photo-shooting sessions.
In December 2016, visually impaired students from Chiang Mai Vocational Institute For The Blind participated in workshops held during an international horticultural exhibition in Chiang Mai, where they took pictures of the visitors and printed them out as postcards to give away. The activity, which received 20,000 Thai baht in donations from the visitors, helped raise awareness of the participating students and drew public attention as it was also introduced in the media.
Canon will expand the Canon Blind Project to other geographical areas, and following its corporate philosophy of kyosei, continue to contribute to society through its business activities.
Some years ago, Canon China launched a project called Image: Light of Hope to foster cultural exchange using the power of imaging. In 2013, Canon China expanded the scope of the project to include all of Asia, renaming it the Canon Image Bridge Project.
Under this project, youth from across Asia create “exchange cards” that include photographs they have taken along with brief messages. These cards are then delivered to children living in other areas of Asia. The ingenuity of the project to foster cross-cultural exchange through photographs has received high praise from local communities and earned Canon a number of CSR-related awards. Through 2016, a total of 8,042 youths in 10 countries and regions in Asia prepared 13,761 exchange cards, helping to build friendships that transcend national and regional borders.
In 2016, the Canon Image Bridge Project was expanded still further. Rather than limiting it to select elementary schools, among the numerous projects, events were held twice at showrooms in Beijing and Shanghai. Families were encouraged to join in, and cards were collected from a range of participants. In honor of these efforts, Canon was awarded the Best CSR Strategy Award at the 2nd CSR China Education Awards.
In Japan, Canon promotes an environmental conservation and environmental education project known as the Furusato Project—Linking Our Dream to the Future, with the aim of passing on a beautiful, verdant, and biologically diverse furusato (hometown) for future generations to enjoy.
Through this project, Canon stakeholders, including employees and their families, customers, and business partners, forge links with NPOs and regional community members across Japan to carry out environmental conservation activities and environmental education programs. To help finance these activities, we promote initiatives closely linked with our business activities, such as donating funds according to the amount of used ink cartridges collected or the volume of paper sold.
In 2016, activities aimed at educating people about the importance of biodiversity and preserving the environment were conducted 40 times across Japan. Specifically, 863 participants were involved in such activities as planting trees, preserving terraced rice paddies, restoring abandoned fields, and conducting ecological surveys.
These activities have been recognized with a Biodiversity Action Award and received commendation from the Japan Committee for the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB-J).
The Canon Institute for Global Studies is a non-profit private-sector think tank established as a general incorporated foundation in 2008 in commemoration of Canon Inc.’s 70th anniversary.
In this age of globalization, the Canon Institute for Global Studies approaches Japanese economic issues associated with the global economy and plots out Japan’s future position in the world. It also aims to draw up strategic policy proposals based on analyses of present world conditions. The institute brings together researchers with diverse backgrounds in business, academia, and government to exchange ideas and information and to expand its global activities.
Focused on three main research areas—macroeconomics; natural resources, energy, and the environment; and foreign affairs and national security—the institute disseminates information and policy proposals based on scientifically valuable research. Symposiums, conferences, lectures, and seminars are held to present results and also to facilitate active discussions between researchers and policymakers from Japan and other countries.
For example, in October 2016, the institute held an international symposium entitled “The Role of Innovation for Long-Term GHG Mitigation” to discuss innovations in greenhouse gas mitigation, policy measures being employed by various countries, and the possibility of any issues surrounding international cooperation in developing innovative technologies. Experts from Japan and abroad were invited to participate in the discussion.