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Human Rights and Labor
Respecting Human Rights

Canon respects the rights of every employee and works to ensure that its workplaces are free of all forms of discrimination and harassment.

Prohibiting Discrimination

The Canon Group Code of Conduct prohibits all Group executives and employees, irrespective of their position or duties, from engaging in discrimination based on race, religion, nationality, gender, age or other unfair grounds. To disseminate and ensure understanding of the Code of Conduct, it has been translated into many languages and is also practiced at Group companies outside Japan.

Sections of the Canon Group Code of Conduct (Extract)

Management Stance

  1. Contribution to Society
    • Provision of excellent products
    • Protection of consumers
    • Preservation of the global environment
    • Social and cultural contributions
    • Communication
  2. Fair Business Activities
    • Practice of fair competition
    • Observance of corporate ethics
    • Appropriate disclosure of information

Code of Conduct for Executives and Employees

  1. Compliance with Corporate Ethics and Laws
    • Fairness and sincerity
    • Legal compliance in performance of duties
    • Appropriate interpretation of applicable laws,regulations and company rules
  2. Management of Corporate Assets and Property
    • Strict management of assets and property
    • Prohibition against improper use of company assets and property
    • Protection of the company’s intellectual property rights
  3. Management of Information
    • Management in compliance with rules
    • Prohibition against personal use of confidential and proprietary information
    • Prohibition against insider trading
    • Prohibition against the unlawful acquisition of confidential or proprietary information pertaining to other companies
    • Appropriate use of confidential and proprietary information pertaining to other companies
  4. Conflicts of Interests / Separation of Personal and Company Matters
    • Avoidance of conflicts of interests
    • Prohibition against seeking, accepting or offering improper gifts, entertainment, or other benefits
    • Prohibition against acquisition of pre-IPO shares
  5. Maintenance and Improvement of Working Environment
    • Respect for the individual and prohibition against discrimination
    • Prohibition against sexual harassment
    • Prohibition against bringing weapons or drugs to the company workplace

Preventing Harassment

Canon maintains a zero-tolerance policy on harassment, which it communicates to all management executives and employees.

In addition to sexual harassment and power harassment, Canon Inc.’s employment rules and Harassment Prevention Provisions clearly stipulate prohibition of harassment that would amount to so-called maternity harassment and other types of harassment in accordance with new legislation passed in Japan in 2017. The provisions have been disseminated throughout the Canon Group, and many Group companies have instituted similar rules based on them.

In a further effort to maintain a comfortable workplace environment, Canon Inc. and its many Group companies in Japan have established a Harassment Hotline. Confidentiality is strictly maintained and a firm guarantee against detrimental treatment is provided to victims and informants. The number of harassment complaints has remained mostly unchanged in recent years.

Regular liaison meetings are held for persons responsible at Canon Inc. operational sites and Group companies, enabling the operational status of hotlines to be monitored and shared. Reviews of procedure manuals are conducted at such meetings, and guidance on how to respond to reports of harassment is also provided on an ongoing basis.

In addition, we periodically conduct employee awareness surveys that enable us to evaluate trends while gathering the opinions of employees. By instituting any necessary measures, managers act to improve the workplace environment.

Organizational Structure for Harassment Prevention

Organizational Structure for Harassment Prevention Organizational Structure for Harassment Prevention

Educating Employees on Harassment Prevention

Canon conducts a variety of training programs and poster campaigns to raise awareness of harassment issues among employees.

Canon Inc. conducts harassment-prevention training for executives, managers and managerial candidates. The aim is to develop measures to address decreased productivity due to deteriorating workplace conditions, mental health issues, occupational injuries, lawsuit risks and corporate legal responsibilities.

The same training program will be held for staff in charge of Harassment Hotlines at Group companies, who will in turn assist with training employees at their respective companies.

To prevent harassment and raise awareness of hotlines, we created posters for display at Canon Inc. and Group company sites.

In 2018, we are preparing new posters to help foster a better working environment based on the theme “A good atmosphere comes from good relationships.”

Posters to raise awareness about harassment prevention

Harassment Prevention Training (Canon Inc.)

Harassment Prevention Training (Canon Inc.)

Eliminating Child Labor and Forced Labor

All Canon Group companies manage human resources in compliance with the laws and regulations of each country and region in which they operate, as well as Canon’s own regulations.

We carry out investigations every year at our manufacturing companies in Asia to confirm their compliance with laws pertaining to child labor and forced labor. To date, no Canon Group company has violated laws relating to child labor or forced labor.

Respecting Basic Workers’ Rights, Including Freedom of Association

Canon respects workers’ basic rights, including freedom of association and collective bargaining. We also strive to address issues by promoting dialogue between labor and management. In addition, in Canon Group CSR Basic Statement, we clarify our intent to comply with the laws and regulations of various countries and regions. For example, the labor agreement between Canon Inc. and the Canon Workers’ Union commits both sides to work in good faith to find a peaceful resolution to any problems quickly.