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Human Rights and Labor

Training session by local trainer at Canon Hi-Tech (Thailand)

Management Approach

Canon respects the diversity of employees, and aims to create workplaces in which employees can express their individuality and work with a sense of worth and achievement.

Why it Matters

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Amid the growing expansion of cross-border economic activities, human rights violations such as unfair discrimination, child labor, and forced labor have become hot-button issues. In the international community, the United Nations ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ and the International Labor Organization (ILO) ‘International Labor Standards’ are established, and SDGs are encouraging companies to respect human rights as well.

Canon’s corporate philosophy of kyosei expresses the desire to achieve a society in which all human beings live and work together for the common good, regardless of differences in culture, customs, language, or ethnicity. Based on this philosophy, Canon develops business activities globally and promotes various initiatives to respect human rights throughout the value chain.

In addition, we believe it is important that we create a workplace environment that allows each employee to realize their full potential. Allowing each employee to make use of their unique strengths and viewpoints leads to increased business opportunities, allowing the company to realize sustained growth.

Our Impact:

Canon Group Employee Numbers (as of the end of 2017)

Canon Group Employee Numbers (as of the end of 2017)

Canon’s Approach

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Based on kyosei, Canon strives to create a workplace environment that fosters mutual respect among its ethnically and culturally diverse workforce.

In addition to working to ensure full compliance with laws and regulations in each country and region and respect human rights as part of the development of global business activities, under Phase V of the Excellent Global Corporation Plan, Canon has set the cultivation of globally competent human resources as one of its key strategies. We are stepping up efforts to develop human resources that can provide leadership on the international stage. Moreover, alongside ensuring workplaces to support the health and safety of every employee, Canon also provides varied types of training to assist employees with skills improvement.

In line with this approach, Canon is carrying out various initiatives to address the five material topics presented below.

Overview of Material Issues and Activities in 2017

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Respecting Human Rights

Throughout its 80-year history, respect for the rights of others has been an integral part of Canon’s corporate culture, as codified in the Canon Group Code of Conduct. In 2017, we continued to work across the Canon Group to create workplaces that are free of all forms of discrimination and harassment, and to prevent child or forced labor.

Hiring and Treatment of Human Resources

Canon strives to ensure fair treatment of employees as part of retaining high-caliber personnel around the world and enabling them to continue to exercise their abilities. In 2017 also, we extended initiatives aimed at making workplaces more attractive by upgrading employee welfare programs and facilitating better work-life balance.

Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion

In a competitive global environment, Canon believes it is vital to mobilize human resources with diverse skills and talents and continually create new value. Canon actively encourages the fair hiring and promotion of employees, regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender, or age. In 2017, we took steps to support workplace diversity, including initiatives to promote active participation of women, the LGBT community and other sexual minorities at work, support local recruitment across all Canon Group operational sites, and create disabled-friendly workplaces.

Occupational Safety and Health Support

At Canon, the safety and health of employees form the foundation of our business activities, and we established the principle of “health first” shortly after our founding. In 2017, we introduced the Canon Occupational Health and Safety Management System to all Canon Group sites in Japan to upgrade efforts aimed at eliminating workplace accidents. Labor and management continue to cooperate in ensuring workplace safety and supporting the health of workers, maintaining an environment in which every employee can work with peace of mind.

Assisting Talent and Self Developments

We support career development and foster experts in a variety of fields. In 2017, we extended existing initiatives and introduced the Canon Leadership Development Program aimed at cultivating the next generation of leaders within the company.

Related SDGs

Canon’s efforts to address the five issues related to labor and human rights are contributing to the achievement of these SDGs (below).

Of these, the goals identified in our stakeholder survey as being of particular importance were SDG 5 and SDG 8.

  • 3 GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
  • 5 GENDER EQUALITY
  • 8 DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
  • 10 REDUCED INEQUALITIES
  • Prohibiting Discrimination
  • Sections of the Canon Group Code of Conduct (Extract)
  • Preventing Harassment
  • Eliminating Child Labor and Forced Labor
  • Respecting Basic Workers’ Rights, Including Freedom of Association
  • Basic Policy on Human Resources
  • Guiding Principles
  • Hiring and Retaining Talent
  • Promoting Globalization of Executive Management
  • Creating Local Employment Opportunities at Production Bases
  • Fair and Impartial Compensation System
  • Employee Benefit Programs
  • Reducing Total Work Hours
  • Flexible Work Styles
  • Worker-Management Relations
  • Policy on Respecting Diversity
  • Policies
  • Promoting the Active Participation of Women
  • LGBT Community and Other Sexual Minorities
  • Workforce Globalization
  • Utilizing the Abilities of Veteran Employees
  • Proactive Support for the Participation of People with Disabilities in Society
  • Policy and Structure
  • Occupational Safety
  • Priority Initiatives of Medium-Term Plan
  • Health Support
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  • Human Resource Development System
  • Developing Globally Minded Personnel
  • Fostering Experts in Various Fields
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  • Various Certification and Award Programs
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  • Number of New Hires and Employees Leaving the Company (Canon Inc.)
  • Breakdown of Executives (Canon Inc.)
  • Composition of Executives by Age (Canon Inc.)
  • Base Salary and Total Salary per Employee by Gender (Canon Inc.)