Canon believes that communicating the importance and beauty of nature to people around the world through its proprietary imaging technologies will lead to wider appreciation of the importance of biodiversity conservation. Our environmental advertisement “WILDLIFE AS CANON SEES IT” has been running in National Geographic magazine since April 1981. Through photographs, we introduce the habits of wildlife that normally would be difficult to observe, and show the natural environment they live in.
Canon’s network cameras are also helping to monitor wildlife and their habitants as part of conservation initiatives.
Canon U.S.A. contributes funds to the globally renowned Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to support surveillance activities targeting endangered wildlife species.
Specifically, through the research and education program Eyes on Yellowstone, Canon imaging devices are being used for ecological observation with the aim of building a digital image library that can be accessed through the website. These images will serve as educational resources for millions of children worldwide, helping to foster their knowledge of the global environment and awareness of the importance of conservation.
Axis Communications, a Canon Group company, has started to collaborate with a NPO to protect rhinos from poachers, and has donated network cameras and horn speakers in South Africa. The cameras use thermal imaging to detect objects and incidents 24/7, even in the dark. Our image identification technology detects suspicious activity and the horn speaker then issues an alert remotely.
Canon’s operational sites around the world work on the initiative to maintain green spaces and conserve the habitat of local flora and fauna as a means of mitigation the impacts of business activities on ecosystems and wildlife.
Canon Research Centre France maintains green spaces on its property and regularly conducts ecological surveys of its operational site led by experts in the field.
With the cooperation with the LPO, a French NGO and a partner of the Bird Life International who is global NGO dedicated to protecting wild birds, Canon Research Centre France has been conducting biodiversity surveys. The surveys included the plants, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, crickets and other species of life at its operational site since setting up the green space to mark its 20th anniversary.
When comparing the 2011 survey with the 2015 survey, the results showed that all species of life were increasing; the number of species of plants increased from 59 to 74 and wild birds from 26 to 27. Moreover, Orchis brûlé, a variety of orchid designated as endangered in the Brittany region, was found onsite.
Canon Research Centre France will continue to conduct regular surveys and advance its ecosystem conservation activities.
Located alongside a river and atop a sprawling hillock, the rich natural habitats surrounding Oita Canon and Oita Canon Materials (Oita Plant) are home to salamanders, fireflies and many other living creatures in Japan. Striving to preserve the natural environment while developing the site, we created alternative ponds and preserved natural streams, leaving one-third of grounds in their natural state. Additionally, the waterside biotope created for the adjustment reservoir supports a wide diversity of bird, insect, amphibian, and fish life.
Canon works together with organizations engaged in biodiversity preservation while also encouraging the volunteer activities of employees and supporting environmental-education initiatives in local communities as a means of contributing to biodiversity conservation.
In Japan, Canon promotes an environmental conservation and environmental education project known as the Furusato Project—Linking Our Dream to the Future, with the aim of passing on a beautiful, verdant, and biologically diverse furusato (hometown) for future generations to enjoy.
Through this project, Canon stakeholders, including employees and their families, customers, and business partners, forge links with NPOs and regional community members across Japan to carry out environmental conservation activities and environmental education programs. To help finance these activities, we promote initiatives closely linked with our business activities, such as donating funds according to the amount of used ink cartridges collected or the volume of paper sold.
Canon Canada began the Branch Out Program in 2014, as an environmental initiative to help employees from the head office and sales offices across the country give back to their local communities. Once a year, Canon Canada employees turn out to participate in a range of activities, such as cleaning up parks or rivers, or planting trees. To date, the program has helped to plant more than 30,000 trees across 45 locations while clearing over 1,200m3 of non-native vegetation.
In 2017, around 450 employees took part in Branch Out activities in 13 cities across the country, from east (Quebec City, Quebec) to west (Vancouver, B.C.), including Brampton, Ontario, where Canon Canada’s head office is located. Outfitted in specially designed “Branch Out” T-shirts, teams of volunteers cleaned up parks and rivers, planted over 600 trees, clearing non-native vegetation, and made nesting boxes for birds, among other activities. The 2017 program featured biodiversity conservation and pollination support projects, including activities to survey specific habitats.
Canon Hi-Tech (Thailand) participated in a water conservation project targeting the Chao Phraya River, in cooperation with local authorities of the Prasattong region, the Hi-Tech Industrial Association, the Royal Irrigation Department, and members of the local community.
80 of the 300 participants in the project were Canon Hi-Tech (Thailand) employees. About 25 tons of common water hyacinth, which were invading the environs of the river, were removed to help protect local biodiversity and improve the scenery (landscape).