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Social ContributionHumanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief

We contribute to the recovery and reconstruction, humanitarian aid of areas affected by natural disasters.

Donations and Fundraising

Helping Disaster-Affected Areas Through Donations and Fundraising

Canon provides aid to areas affected by natural disasters around the world through various supports such as monetary donations and fundraising activities. After assessing the need and viability of sending aid with the assistance of our operational sites closest to any given disaster, we do our best to offer timely relief. We also conduct follow-up assessments of our activities through close communication with NGOs, NPOs and other partners to facilitate related improvements. In the case of long-term aid, we are careful to take appropriate action in each phase of a project.

In 2017, Canon made the contributions shown in the following table. Following the torrential rains that affected northern Kyushu in July, in addition to financial donations, we sent drinking water and other emergency supplies to the region. Canon Group employees in the Kyushu area also volunteered to help remove mud and clean up houses. Other Group companies assisted through employee donations and various other support activities, including sales of specialty goods from the affected region or providing special menus helping the region in their staff canteen.

Disaster-Related Donations in 2017

Month Purpose Amount
Jan Southern Thailand (floods) THB650,000 (emergency relief)
Jul Northern Kyushu, Japan (torrential rains) JPY5,000,000
Aug Zhuhai, China (floods) RMB100,000
Sep U.S. (hurricanes) USD100,000
Sep Mexico (earthquakes) MXN500,000
Nov Malaysia (floods) MYR115,000

Charity Book Fair

Canon Inc. has held its Charity Book Fair annually since 1997. Employees of the Canon Group in Japan, along with their families, donate unwanted books, CDs, and DVDs for sale at an in-house bazaar. The proceeds, matched by the company under a matching gift program, are donated to groups that support education and medical services in Asia. In 2017, about ¥1.14 million was collected and shared among four NPOs.

Participating in UNHCR, WFP and Other UN Efforts

Canon Inc. is a special sponsor of the UNHCR Refugee Film Festival, held annually by UNHCR Representation in Japan and Japan for UNHCR*. In 2017, making use of our technical expertise, we helped design and print the panels displayed in a UNHCR photo exhibition about the Refugee Olympic Team that competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. As well as photos of the athletes in competition, the exhibits covered aspects of their daily lives and the situation in their native countries. The exhibition has toured 43 different parts of Japan, attracting more than 10,000 visitors.

Expanding the circle of support, 167 of our employees and their families participated in WFP Walk the World, a charity walk in support of the activities of the World Food Programme (WFP).

  • * The national partner of UNHCR in Japan

Supporting Disaster Recovery Efforts

Ongoing Recovery Support Following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Greater Cooperation with Disaster-Affected Communities

Canon offers ongoing support to areas that have been severely affected by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. A Tohoku Recovery and Reconstruction Promotion Office dedicated to promoting recovery in the Tohoku region was established at Canon Marketing Japan’s Sendai branch to encourage effective, long-term support activities while keeping the changing issues of the area in mind. Through this office, Canon is working to deepen partnerships with surrounding municipal governments affected by the earthquake. Canon also collects information through NPOs, NGOs, and social welfare associations.

We are focusing especially on using the power of photography to assist regional recovery. In 2017, we continued to host events called “Fukushima Community Support” and “Smile for the Future Project” and we held 10 photography classes for people from the disaster-affected areas.