From the Desk of President & CEO

Corporate social responsibility means much more to us than mandates; it’s an essential part of our everyday life. We have a strong belief in our corporate philosophy of Kyosei, which means aspiring to develop a society in which all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously live and work together for the common good into the future.

We are committed towards uplifting the social fabric of the society in which we operate. Our efforts in the areas of Education, Environment, Eye Care and Empowerment are an endeavor towards achieving this end.

We also promote our philosophy to our employees and stakeholders who have been diligently working, as a team, to promote it.

Our view of CSR extends beyond charity; it is a means to create self-sustaining communities that we can nurture for a long period of time. We would like all the people connected with us – our employees, customers and Partners to take pride in their association with Canon.

We shall continue to focus on this area and be responsible Corporate Citizens.

Sincerely,
Kazutada Kobayashi
President and CEO
Canon India

About Canon India Involve

Canon India Involve signifies CSR initiatives which denote 4E’s comprising Education, Eye Care, Environment and Empowerment. The continuous engagement, where canon employees get involved in the development of the community is called ‘Canon India Involve’.

The engagement between the employees and the children is on varied subjects including hygiene, environment related education, tree plantation, photography workshops, among other activities. All the activities are thought and planned across all corners of the country to support holistic development of the children.

Engagement activities like these help to build a closer connection with the children and further develop a vibrant culture of social responsibility that already exists in the company. It also instils in the employees a sense of community commitment, which they take with them wherever they progress. All our villages have been identified in close proximity to Canon India offices; this enables increased engagement between the employees and the villagers.

Recent Projects

  • Learning beyond books
    ‘Seeing and experiencing is learning in true sense’ adhering by this, Canon India Involve initiated a new campaign called ‘Learning Beyond Books’. The objective is to make children go beyond their boundaries and learn. With this new initiative, we aim to make children witness the outside world and get inspired to dream big. This one day outing will help them connect with what they study in books and relate that with the real world which could inspire them to dream and progress towards a brighter future.

    Keeping this in mind, we organized excursions for children from our adopted villages, Karanjoti Village (Mumbai), Maharaja Katte (Bangalore) and Sol Gohalia (Kolkata) who visited Aquarium, Planetarium, Science city along with the respective branch offices. This initiative is a kick off which will support in creating memories for a lifetime for the little ones.

  • 3rd Anniversary celebration of Karanjoti village, Mumbai
    Under the aegis of ‘Canon Involve’, we completed 3 years of adoption of our village in Maharashtra, Karanjoti. 3 Canon partners along with 20 Canon employees visited the village to celebrate the occasion. School children brimming with energy and enthusiasm gave a warm welcome to the employees and partners with regional dance and song performances. This was followed by a cake cutting ceremony where school children along Canon team joined for the cake cutting.

    Canonites then provided school children with drawing and coloring material for an engaging activity on ‘3 successful years of Karanjoti adoption’. Children drew beautiful drawings showing their Resource center, playing material, solar lights installed in their village etc.

    Clubbing the day with ‘World Earth Day’, discussion was held on ‘Significance of Environment and plants’ with the children. Employees along with children came forward and planted trees in the school premises pledging to keep environment green and clean. Team also visited school and the village and were glad to witness the work done over the past 3 years.

  • Republic Day celebration in adopted villages and NGO
    Rejoicing the day of patriotism, 25 employees celebrated Republic Day in our adopted villages, Maharaja katte (Bangalore), Sol Gohalia (Kolkata) and Karanjoti (Mumbai) and 12 employees from the Head office visited the Tamana School, Delhi to celebrate the day with children with special needs.

    The celebration started with the National Anthem and cultural performances by the talented children. During the activity, children were taught about the significance of the National Flag and the Tri-colors, this learning was encouraged as it will play an important role for the children to understand their country and community better. The objective was to encourage the children to become responsible citizen of the country. Gifts like stationery items and packs of refreshment were distributed to the children by the employees

  • Menstrual Pride
    A menstrual hygiene workshop was organized at the Maharaja Katte village, Bangalore. 20 school girls were benefitted from the session conducted by 5 female employees. The program aimed to improve the level of knowledge and practices about menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls. This educational program included: knowledge about menstruation, causes, myths & facts and use of safe sanitary products. The session helped in reducing the social stigma of menstruation.

    All participating girls were given a pack of sanitary napkins. Overall, it was a wonderful experience for both the volunteers and the participants. Through this engagement, employees were happy to create a difference in the lives of these girls and educate them on such an important subject.

  • SOS Visit in Guwahati
    A visit was organized for employees in Guwahati where 4 employees along with a Canon Partner visited SOS Children’s Village, Guwahati. Employees visited family homes and spent time with the little ones. The visit included counselling session with school going children. Sports kits along with refreshments were handed over to the children.

  • Visit to Blind school
    The Canon India Involve realized necessity of Personal Hygiene and Healthy Practices; the visit was conducted at ‘The Institution for Blind’ Delhi to generate awareness among children. The session started with a welcome speech from the school management and a welcome song by children. Employees from the Head office volunteered to educate Blind school children on healthy living habits. The session addressed significance of handwashing, bathing regularly and brushing teeth.

    90 children were benefitted from the session conducted and health kits were distributed comprising toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and comb. Woolen blankets and refreshments were also donated to the children.

  • Donation Drive
    Canon India Involve continues its efforts of serving to the society. Intending to spread warmth this winter, a week long cloth donation drive was organized at the head office. All the employees generously came forward to donate clothes. The clothes collected were handed over to 400 abandoned senior citizens and especially abled people residing in an old age home in Bandhwari village, Gurgaon, along with woolen blankets. Employees from Canon head office came forward and spent time to bring cheer in the life of these people. Canon employees provided 130 people with free spectacles who were screened during an earlier organized eye camp.

  • Dart a Gift initiative
    Festivals are about bringing smiles and happiness to the world around us. Connecting Canon CSR philosophy of ’Kyosei’ with the joy of festivity, Canon India Involve organized “Dart a Gift” Initiative. To add colors and lighten up the festive season for the less privileged, at a dart game was played across all regional offices and warehouses during Diwali celebrations. Employees heartily participated and enjoyed playing the game for the charity. 316 employees participated and contributed 336 Gifts amounting 1.30 L. The gifts will be given to children with special abilities and also across our other adopted villages.

  • Diya decoration
    Celebrating the bright festival of Diwali, Canon India Involve organized “Diya Decoration” activity at Ferozepur Namak village, Mewat. 15 virtual employees of ME – North visited the village for the first time and availed the benefit of vision center by getting their eyes check-up. Children along with employees beautifully decorated Diya’s and ornamented the resource centre. They enthusiastically participated in the activity and spent time interacting with the children.

  • Capturing big smiles
    Taking a step further in our endeavor of empowering the children, photography workshop was organized at SOS Children’s village, Greenfields, Faridabad in September 2017. The children were taught the art of photography with the support of employees from Canon corporate office. The activity was clubbed with the theme “Big Smile”. Practical exposure gave children a platform to experiment with cameras. Beautiful smiles of siblings and friends were captured by children in their own unique way using different props. Children shared their view on the picture clicked and their impression by filling Canon India Bridge Photo cards which were shared with Canon Hong Kong.

Success Stories

Amanat Ali Howlader
Sex: Male
Class: II
Distt - Mewat (Haryana)

Father’s Name: Alamin Howlader,
Occupation: Daily Labour,
Educational Qualification: Illiterate
Mother’s Name: Sabina Bibi,
Occupation: Fire Crackers Maker
Educational Qualification: Illiterate

Amanat, a student of class II, joined Solgohalia Nimnabuniyadi Vidyalaya (school) in 2015. Initially, he was undisciplined and irregular in school. He rarely took part in any of the school activities and never came in the school uniform.
The reason for his attitude owed to his home environment. He belongs to a very poor family where both of his parents were struggling hard to earn their livelihood. Realising the intense challenges of the area, Sabuj Sangha (NGO) started a holistic development project in 2015 with support of Cannon and CAF India. Under the project, a Resource Centre Teacher was appointed, who took special care of children like Amanat. He provided them mentoring and motivation on regular basis. The teacher spent extra time with Amanat and also regularly interacted and motivated his family to realise the value of education.
As a result, Amanat slowly started coming on the right track. He became more regular in school and started behaving obediently with the teachers

Raj Sainath Keshav


>Name of the partner organisation: Hope Foundation, Mumbai
Name of the village: Khandekarpada
Project Location: Karanjothi village in Vadawali, Tal-Bhiwandi, District-Thane, and Maharashtra
Name of the children: Raj Sainath Keshav
Class - II

Raj Sainath Keshav, lives in Khandekarpada. When he joined the school, he was very quiet. He did not attend the classes regularly and was getting weak in his studies day by day. His parents were least concerned about his studies and future, as they too were tied up for making a livelihood. They never came to his school after admission.
Project team (Hope Foundation) visited Raj Sainath’s house and discussed his educational status. They told them about the positive sides and importance of education. They made the parents understand the gaps related to their child development. They advised them with all positive examples and success stories of other children. After many visits and follow-ups finally, his parents took the initiative and started caring for the child and started sending him to school regularly.
Presently, Raj is coming regularly to the school. His Parents are satisfied and have realised the importance of education. He is doing well in the subjects like Maths and English. He is actively taking part in other activities such as carom, sport, drawing, etc. He is very ambitious and visionary child.

class:>Age: 9 years
Village: Karanjoti

Vaishali Bhagya Pawar is a 9 year old school girl studying in class 4th at Karanjoti School. She was a regular and bright student but recently due to certain health problem, she suffered from hair loss. She was very upset with this and felt shy to attend the school with a fear that other students will start teasing her. Hence, 15 days passed and she continued to be absent. Finally, the Resource Centre teacher decided to visit her home and meet her parents. The teacher convinced her that no one in the school will tease her and ensured that she was welcomed by all the children and teachers which not only raised her confidence but also helped in avoiding an intelligent child becoming a school drop-out.

Name: Sakharam Dunda Lone

Mr. Sakharam Dunda Lone, Nadgaon is 65 years old. He had cataract problem and was suffering from last 1 year. He could not see properly and with the visual impairment he had very less involvement in social and family life. He was very upset about it and wanted to get his eyes operated. But, due to huge expenses, he could not afford to go to the Private Hospital.
Through the eye care camps held under the project, Sakharam got information about the Canon Vision Center. He went there and had complete eye check-up done. After checking, the vision technician referred him for the cataract operation at the nearby govt. hospital. Sakharam got operated and had a successful cataract operation.

Rehmani
Age 75 years
Village - Ferozepur Namak, Tehsil - Nuh,
Distt - Mewat (Haryana)

Mrs. Rehmani started to lose her vision a year ago and was also losing her confidence to venture out of her house. She was too worried about it. On 5th February 2014 she came to the Canon Vision Centre where the vision technician examined her eyes and diagnosed that she has cataract in both her eyes. He found out that the cataract in her left eye had matured and advised her to get it operated first. She came to the hospital on 27th March 2014 in an ICARE ambulance and got an IOL implant on her left eye. She regained her vision after the surgery and could see clearly. There was a sign of happiness and satisfaction on her face. She expressed her gratefulness on the success of her surgery. She is now living her life with confidence and dignity and is of great help to her family.

Har Chand S/o Devi Ram
Age 85 years
Village - Maroda, Tehsil - Nuh,
Distt - Mewat (Haryana)

Mr. Har Chand, S/o Devi Ram, an 85 year-old senior citizen was facing problems with his vision. His vision had become hazy and he could not understand the reason behind it. During an eye care camp his eyes were examined and he was diagnosed with cataract in his both eyes. He was brought to the hospital in an ambulance, went through a total pre-operative examination and was operated on the following morning. When the bandage was taken off the next morning he was delighted to find that he could see absolutely clearly. His joy knew no bounds as he had been facing serious problems due to blurred vision. He made up his mind then and there to come back soon for the second operation on his other eye. He is deeply thankful to the surgeon who had operated on him and to the staff who had tended to him so caringly. He is now self-dependent once again and can look after himself without any help.

Policy on Corporate Social Responsibility

Canon India is committed towards improving the quality of lives of people in the communities in which we operate. We wish to be a company which is respected by people for its commitment towards social causes.

We aim to achieve this by keeping in mind our corporate philosophy, Kyosei, which means “Living and working together for the common good”. As a responsible company, we stand committed to the causes of Environment, Eye Care, Education and Empowerment. We would also support employees to contribute and share their time and skills towards the causes they feel passionate about.

Our philosophy of ’Kyosei’ – living and working together for the common good, comes foremost in our way of working and day to day operations. However, our definition of the word is much broader and encompasses all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together for the common good.” Moving forward with the philosophy of ‘Kyosei’, we strive to make a positive impact on the society and the environment in which we operate.

Detailed CSR Policy

CSR Activity Gallery

Team Spirt and Environment day celebration at Maharaja Katte village Bangalore

Team Spirit session at SOS Village Faridabad

Photgraphy workshop at SOS Village

Blood Donation Drive

Paper Collection Drive

Football kit donation at Ferozepur Namak Village Mewat

2nd Anniversary of Karanjoti Village Mumbai

Ground Leveling CSR Activity at Ferozepur Namak Village, Haryana

Art work created by children of our adopted village

Big Smile picture

Blood donation drive

Children of Maharaja katte visiting Nehru Panetarium

Clothes donation

Coloring activity by school girls

Dart a Gift Initiative during Diwali

Employee engaging art activity

Employees playing football match with children

Environment day

Environment day celebration at Maharaja katte village, Bangalore

Eye camp organised at Old age home, Gurgaon

Footbal match with students

Ground leveling in Ferozepur Namak village

Interactive session with children of Tamana school, Delhi

Karanjoti village 3rd Anniversary celebration, Mumbai

Learning beyond books for children of Karanjoti village, Mumbai

Maheshwari village inauguration

Menstrual health session with adolescent girls

Origami session with Children of Sol Gohalia village

SOS Alibaug

SOS Faridabad

Together creating art by student of Karanjoti village school, Mumbai

Tree Plantation drive

Virtual employees participating in CSR activities at Ferozepur Namak village