Together with stakeholders around the world, Canon is pursuing the sustainable growth of society under its corporate philosophy of Kyosei. The figure below shows the relationship between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015 and Canon's activities, and also takes into consideration the results of the stakeholder survey outlined on the following page. The larger the SDG icon, the greater the degree of relevance is to Canon.
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
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 contributes to solving issues facing the global community by reinforcing and expanding businesses with high societal demand, such as security, healthcare and industrial robots. Canon aims to contribute to SDGs 3, 9, 11 and 17 through technologies, products and solutions services for a sustainable society by focusing on four pillars of new business—commercial printing, network cameras, healthcare and industrial equipment—towards realizing a safe and secure society, expanding the boundaries of the healthcare industry and promoting industrial innovation.
As a global corporation working in harmony with the environment, Canon is working on a wide variety of initiatives together with Group companies, aiming to leave an enriched society for future generations. With the entire lifecycle in view, we carry out environmental initiatives in the four material areas of “contributing to a low-carbon society,” “contributing to a circular economy,” “eliminating hazardous substances and preventing pollution” and “contributing to a society in harmony with nature.” We are striving to contribute to SDGs 6, 7, 12, 13, 15 and 17.
Setting “responding to people and society as a good corporate citizen” as the foundation of our CSR activities, Canon is fulfilling its corporate responsibility and contributing to the sustainable development of society under its corporate philosophy of Kyosei. We are actively working to meet the various expectations of stakeholders all over the world. The related SDGs we are targeting are as follows.
Canon regularly ascertains the expectations of stakeholders on its contributions to the SDGs through an annual stakeholder survey. According to the most recent survey results, the top three SDGs (out of 17) to which stakeholders expect Canon to contribute are SDGs 8, 9 and 12, which we are already working on based on the above-mentioned materiality themes.
Survey respondents identified the following three SDGs where Canon is expected to contribute most.