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.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
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.
The top three SDGs (out of 17) to which stakeholders expected Canon to contribute were, in descending order, numbers 12, 13 and 9.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.