Every employee at Canon understands that the Canon brand is the symbol of Canon’s commitment to its customers, and that they have a responsibility to fulfill the following mission:
Proper brand management is vital to ensure that customers and society are not adversely affected by unauthorized use of trademarks within the Group and improper use of Canon’s corporate logos by third parties.
Canon therefore established the Brand Management Committee as a deliberative body charged with establishing rules for enhancing the value of the Canon brand and resolving issues. The Brand Management Division was established to serve as the secretariat for the committee and is comprised of persons in charge of branding from each division. This framework allows us to respond promptly to various brand issues as they arise.
In 2016, the Brand Management Committee discussed the appropriateness of trade names and product names from a brand perspective as well as use of the Canon trademark, providing appropriate advice and support to the relevant persons.
Canon has formulated a set of brand management rules, including the Canon Mark Basic Rules, to ensure that its employees use the Canon brand in compliance with regulations and enhance the value of the Canon brand through the trust of customers and society.
In 2016, Canon conducted a comprehensive review of the rules in light of changes to the environment as well as feedback concerning the brand from inside and outside the Group. To make them easier to understand, rules on the handling of trade names, trademarks, and domain names, as well as the Canon logo, were consolidated in a single guideline, along with new stipulations for the use of “Canon” externally, which had not previously been covered by the rules. We notified all Group companies, publicized the changes on our company intranet, and briefed the divisions responsible for the brand at each individual regional marketing headquarters.
Canon carries out brand education programs across all Group companies in the regions where it operates to ensure that all employees fully understand the Canon brand and act with propriety and in accordance with pertinent rules. Such education raises the awareness that “Each and every employee embodies the Canon brand.” For example, at Canon Inc. we incorporate brand education into the rank-based training curriculum and also strive to raise awareness utilizing the company’s intranet system.
An increasing number of companies have been joining the Group in recent years through M&A, making it important for everyone within the Group to share the same culture and goal awareness. In light of this situation, we are focusing on internal branding so as to increase Group vitality through a shared recognition of the Canon brand. In 2016, we reviewed workflows and simplified documentation so the Brand Management Committee could operate more quickly and smoothly.
Going forward, we will conduct awareness campaigns aimed at employees in charge of products and brands in individual business divisions and conduct awareness campaigns for all expatriates (7 sessions, 195 participants in 2016) during training to further improve brand management capabilities across the Group.
Counterfeit products cannot be overlooked as they not only damage the brand but may also lead to economic losses arising from malfunctions and inferior quality and, in the worst case, cause injury to or endanger the lives of customers who trust the Canon brand. Accordingly, we are actively carrying out anti-counterfeit measures. We crack down on factories that manufacture counterfeits and retail locations that sell them, while cooperating with customs authorities to stop their importation.
We work with customs authorities on various initiatives, including dispatching employees to serve as lecturers for authenticity seminars for customs officers and for training programs to combat counterfeit products hosted by customs authorities. In recent years, given the sharp increase in the volume of counterfeit products on e-commerce websites, Canon is also actively working to create mechanisms for eliminating such counterfeit products from the Internet.