Sustainability at Canon

Approach to Sustainability

Since 1988, Canon has been striving to uphold our corporate philosophy of Kyosei (living and working together for the common good) in order to contribute to worldwide prosperity and happiness.

A society in which all people live and work together, respecting one another and coexisting happily, regardless of culture, customs, language, ethnicity, or region. And a society in harmony with nature, able to preserve Earth’s abundant resources for future generations.

To realize such a society, Canon will create new value through the power of technology and innovation, providing world-first technologies and world-leading products and services while also contributing to solutions for the problems our society faces. By providing greater value while using fewer resources throughout all product lifecycles, we aim to enable affluent lifestyles while protecting the environment.

Through our corporate activities, Canon proactively works toward realizing a sustainable society.

  • Approach to Sustainability (formulated in October 2021)

Corporate Philosophy & Spirit

Sustainability-related policies

Engagement in Initiatives

  • Responsible Business Alliance (RBA)
  • Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI)
  • Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
  • Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)
  • CDP
  • Japan Climate Initiative (JCI)
  • WIPO GREEN
  • 30by30 Alliance for Biodiversity
  • Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium (JAMP)

Promotion System

The Sustainability Headquarters of Canon Inc. coordinates activities across the Group that are aimed at promoting sustainability from both social and environmental perspectives. It works together with other divisions to address any issues that demand inter-departmental cooperation.

The Group Executive for Sustainability Headquarters, who is an executive officer of Canon Inc., reports on crucial sustainability-related matters to the Chairman & CEO and Executive Vice President and receives approval for the direction and measures guiding our response to risks and opportunities.

Promotion System
Promotion System
Sustainability-related issues:
Environment, human rights, human resources development, diversity, quality assurance, sociocultural support activities, corporate governance, risk management, supply chain risks, etc.

Driving Awareness across the Group

To revitalize activities and help develop a sustainability mindset across the Group, we share the direction of sustainability activities and related details at meetings such as our global management conferences for the senior managers of major Group companies. Moreover, we have introduced the consolidated performance evaluation system that considers the social and environmental contribution activities of each operating division and manufacturing/marketing company, alongside the results achieved under business policies. Results from these evaluations are shared twice a year at Group executive meetings to support Groupwide improvements.

In addition to that, we are conducting a range of sustainability-related training for managers and general employees to drive awareness of sustainability issues.

Specific examples of initiatives
  • Education programs for specialist areas such as environmental protection, respect for human rights, data management and compliance
  • Sustainability awards system based on categories (e.g., environment, quality)
  • Sharing of information on sustainability activities via the company intranet
  • Information-sharing meetings involving personnel responsible for sustainability across Group companies
  • Online events providing sustainability information based on themes such as refugee issues, food waste, SDGs, etc. (see the column below)
Presentation on sustainability activities at global management conferences
Presentation on sustainability activities at global management conferences
Environmental Award for excellent environmental practices
Environmental Award for excellent environmental practices

Canon Sustainability Channel

With the aim of spurring innovation, Canon holds monthly interactive online events in which anyone can participate to enhance the understanding of individual employees about sustainability issues in a social context.

Guest speakers at events have included people working with the UNHCR or on LGBTQ-related initiatives. These events also introduce Canon’s in-house sustainability activities to help provide information on a range of topics.

Online event in action
Online event in action

Topics addressed to date

2024

Delivery date Theme Guest speakers
March 26 Report on Noto Peninsula Earthquake Support Activities NPO Japan Platform
February 27 Protecting the Blue Earth: The Diverse Activities of Underwater Photographer Yasuaki Kagii Underwater Photographer Yasuaki Kagii
January 23 Learning from ANA Initiatives: Upcycling Frontlines All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

2023

Delivery date Theme Guest speakers
December 26 Let's Donate Your Miswritten New Year's Cards to the Scholarship Fund EDF-Japan
November 28 egetable Factory Automation at Canon Electronics: Sustainable Initiatives Using Automation Technology Employees from Canon Electronics Inc.
October 24 Let's get to know the world of people with visual impairments An employee with visual impairment
September 27 Preparing for Multiple Disasters: Introduction to Disaster Volunteer Managing Director of Japan NPO Center
August 22 Singing Beethoven's Symphony No.9 with sign language!
Introducing the activities of the White Hands Chorus NIPPON
Artistic Director of the White Hands Chorus NIPPON
July 25 Live broadcast of “Light and Color Laboratory” from the Science Museum (Tokyo) Science Museum
June 27 GUNDAM and the Environment Toward the coming "real universal century" BANDAI NAMCO HOLDINGS, INC.
May 24 Current activities in support of earthquake in Turkey NPO Japan Platform
April 25 Live broadcast of the Tsuzuri Project exhibition from the Fukushima City Museum of Photography Employees in related departments
March 28 Activities of the Japan Service Dog Association - Toward a Friendly and Enjoyable Society for People and Animals Japan Service Dog Association
February 28 Barrier-free mindsets: Deaf and Hard of Hearing - What I felt through studying abroad An employee who is hard of hearing
January 24 Starting a Food Drive: Food Drive to Support Children's Cafeteria Ota Ward (Tokyo) Social Welfare Council

2022

Delivery date Theme Guest speakers
December 27 Business and Human Rights An employee in related department
November 22 Barrier-Free mindsets : Understanding Aphasia An employee with aphasia
October 25 Let’s ask a researcher at the Tokyo National Museum! How to enjoy Japanese art - Involvement in the Tsuzuri Project A researcher in charge of planning, National Museum of Tokyo/Center for Cultural Property Utilization
September 27 Ukraine Humanitarian Assistance Debriefing: Activities of the Japanese Red Cross Society International Department of the Japanese Red Cross
August 23 Answers to questions about wild birds! An employee who is a member of the Wild Bird Society of Japan
July 26 LGBTQ+ Challenges and What We Can Do A representative of NPO Good Aging Eels
June 28 Diversity through Technological Advancement An employee of the avatar robot cafe DAWN
May 2 The Environment and Us An employee in related department
April 26 Let’s watch the wild birds around you! An employee who is a member of the Wild Bird Society of Japan
March 22 Part 2: Let's get to know the world of people who are deaf and hard of hearing An employee who is hard of hearing
February 22 What are human rights for corporations? An employee in related department

2021

Delivery date Theme Guest speakers
December 21 Let's widen the circle of blood donation! - Patients lives supported by blood donation Japanese Red Cross Tokyo Red Cross Blood Center
December 20 Part2: Visually Impaired Online Experience An employee with visual impairment
November 26 Useful to know! Sign language for work Employees who are deaf and hard of hearing
November 22 The contents of the nest boxes of titmice are on public display! - Canon Bird Branch Project Employees in related departments
November 16 Accessibility Quiz for the Future – Deaf and Hard of Hearing An employee in related department
October 28 The New of Cosmos of Photography in review with award-winning works An employee in related department
October 22 Japan for UNHCR collaborative project: "Let's know the stories of refugees - What we can do now" Japan for UNHCR
October 8 Learn all about the Tsuzuri project! An employee in related department
September 21 Reduce food loss! - United Nations WFP Association Online Seminar The United Nations WFP Association
September 13 Learn more about SDGs vol. 2 - Relationship with Canon An employee in related department employee
September 6 Learn more about SDGs vol. 1 - Relationship with Canon An employee in related department employee
August 27 Deep dive series: Paralympic sports - Para triathlon Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Triathlon Japan National Team (an athlete who is the Canon Group employee)
August 16 Let's get to know the world of people who are deaf and hard of hearing An employee who is hard of hearing
July 26 Deep dive series: Paralympic sports - Sitting volleyball Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Sitting volleyball Japan National Team (an athlete who is the Canon Group employee)
July 12 Accessibility Quiz An employee in related department
July 5 Visually Impaired Online Experience An employee with visual impairment