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Relationship with SDGs

Canon's Activities Targeting a Better Society and Their Relation to SDGs

The figure below shows the relationship between the impact of Canon’s activities on society and the global environment and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), based on the results of the stakeholder survey as outlined on the following page.

The closer the SDG icon-linked circle is to the center (Canon), the greater is the degree of relevance to Canon’s operations.

Stakeholder Expectations

Canon conducts an annual survey to see whether CSR activities are satisfying the wishes of stakeholders. Since 2016, the survey has included questions on SDGs. In 2017, it also covered CSR-related targets for Canon, asking what kind of contribution Canon was expected to make.

Goals to which Canon is expected to contribute

  • 12 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
  • 13 CLIMATE ACTION
  • 9 INDUSTRY,INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

The top three SDGs (out of 17) to which stakeholders expected Canon to contribute were, in descending order, numbers 12, 13 and 9.

Example opinions

  • Sustainable consumption patterns would have a significant effect on the environment, and companies have a major part to play in this. (Asia, university/research institution)
  • We would like to see Canon focus more on the health sector in the future. (Europe, customer)
  • Climate change is society’s most critical issue. Progressive companies such as Canon should be doing a lot in this area. (Americas, investor/analyst)
  • We want to see Canon creating new value by leveraging advanced technology. (Japan, supplier)

Examples of Main Canon Activities Contributing to SDGs

Canon has consistently pursued a strategy of creating value to help address social issues. Further steady progress was made in 2017 through a variety of activities designed to help realize SDGs.

Materiality

Creating new value and solving social issues

11 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

Canon is helping to safeguard society by protecting people’s safety and security. In 2017, we installed a system of network cameras to facilitate urban development in the City of Yokohama, and have released software products which leverage our technological capabilities.

3 GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

In a growing healthcare sector, Canon is promoting technological innovation to improve medical equipment. In 2017, in partnership with medical institutions, we completed the development of the world’s first ultra-high-resolution CT system.

Materiality

Protecting and conserving the global environment

6 CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION12 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Canon is working to improve sustainability through the recycling of limited resources. In 2017, we established the Canon Eco Technology Park, a state-of-the-art recycling plant designed to maximize the resource efficiency.

7 AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY13 CLIMATE ACTION

Canon is promoting lower CO2 emissions over product lifecycles. In 2017, we continued to work on cutting CO2 emissions by seeking to reduce emissions at every stage, from the raw material to site operations, logistics and customer use.