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From the Desk of President & CEO


As a responsible corporate entity, at Canon India, we always strive to make a positive and lasting impact on our environment and the community we operate in. We aim to be a company which is respected for its commitment towards social causes. We wish to achieve this through our corporate philosophy of ‘Kyosei’, which means living and working together for the common good. ‘Kyosei’ envision and sets the foundation for the achievement of a sustainable society in which all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, live harmoniously and work together towards a brighter future. This philosophy comes foremost in our way of working and day to day operations.

We stand committed to our core areas under ‘4E’s, which includes Education, Environment, Empowerment and Eye care. We strongly emphasize on employee engagement in our CSR initiatives, and this has led to efficient results in achieving our long term objectives. At Canon India, CSR is extremely close to everyone's heart and we consider our adopted villages as our extended families. Our CSR outreach is measurable and sustainable and what counts the most for us are the smiles we help in spreading in the society.

Going forward, we will endure to drive meaningful and welfare driven initiatives to impact more lives and make our communities future ready. We are positive that we will be able to bring about even greater change in the communities we operate in, empowering people to grow in a better and sustainable environment.

We also intend to further strengthen the vibrant culture of social responsibility that already exists in our organization by involving our families in our CSR initiatives, calling it 'Canon India Involve-Family'. With continued support from employees and families we amplify our commitment towards community in many more years to come.

Sincerely,
Kazutada Kobayashi
President and CEO
Canon India Pvt. Ltd.

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 Activities

  • Building Healthy and Sustainable Communities in Association with United Nation ‘World Food Programme’

    With an objective to create a long-term sustainable impact on communities, Canon India embarked a new project in association with the United Nations ‘World Food Programme’. The project involved a two-pronged approach where Canon employees were trained by the UN team under the concept of ‘Train the Trainer’. Second, employees further trained children of our adopted village Maheshwari, Haryana (North India) and helped them become ‘Ambassadors of Change’ to spread awareness in their respective communities on the perils of Health and Hygiene.

    The first leg of the project commenced at Canon Corporate Office with a training session on ‘Health & Hygiene’ with participation from 47 employees. An informative booklet was created in ‘Role Plays’ manner to transmit impactful learning in the children. Further, teachers of Resource Centre conducted repeat training sessions with children for a period of 3 months. Marking the culmination of our first topic, Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, CIPL, on his visit to the village, was delighted to see the impact of the learnings on children, which was exhibited via skit performance.

  • Learning Beyond Books
    ‘Seeing and experiencing is learning in true sense.’ Adhering by this, Canon India Involve under ‘Learning Beyond Books’ initiative aims to inspire children to dream bigger and work towards achieving their goals. The initiative was launched to help children go beyond their boundaries and explore the world outside their horizon.

    As a new milestone in our CSR endeavor, we embarked a new chapter on ‘Media and Communications’, to enable a platform of experiential learning and providing children with career opportunities in media industry. Selected children of SOS village, Faridabad, visited Radio channel RedFM, The activity session comprised of an interactive session with prominent radio jockeys, who shared the nuances of their profession with the children. They were also provided the opportunity to visit programming and recording rooms, where live sessions were being conducted. As the next leg of the initiative, children were given exposure to Public Relations by visiting a leading agency Genesis BCW. The children interacted with the team through exciting activities to understand the nuances of public relations as a profession. The children were taken on a tour to the office and newsroom, to learn and understand live tracking of news. Moving forward in our endeavors, we organized an educational expedition to a digital agency, RepIndia, to embolden children towards career prospects in Digital media

  • Creating Livelihood Opportunities through photography at Juvenile Home
    In line with our commitment on Empowerment of 4E CSR policy, we organised a certificate programme in photography for children of Juvenile home. The programme is held in association with Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, New Delhi.

    Canon India Involve completed the 4th series of photography workshop with the children where Mr. C Sukumaran, Director- CSP & ICP Divisions, Canon India along with 12 employees from Corporate office visited Juvenile home to felicitate 15 youth for successfully completing the photography workshop. Mr. Sukumaran interacted with the youth and shared his real life experiences, motivating them to lead a better social life.

    Children gave a warm welcome to everyone by exhibiting song and dance performances.

  • Canon India Involve celebrating Republic Day in all the adopted villages
    To mark India’s 71st Republic Day, Canon India Involve celebrated the spirit of patriotism and togetherness in its adopted villages across the country. Reviving the essence of a united and diverse nation, 51 employees from corporate and regional offices visited the adopted villages including Maheshwari in Haryana, Sol Gohalia in Kolkata and Karanjoti in Mumbai.

    Marking the celebrations, school children performed cultural performances including dancing, singing and reciting poem on the theme of patriotism. Adhering to our initiative Learning Beyond Books, employees engaged with the children in on-ground activities on significance of the special day. They enlightened them on the importance and meaning of a democratic constitution and acknowledge the spirit of a united nation, irrespective of caste, colour and creed.

    The celebrations concluded on a patriotic note with singing the national anthem in unison and feeling proud of our country.

  • Empowering women on International Women’s Day
    On the occasion of Women’s Day, a menstrual awareness session was organized in our adopted villages Maheshwari (Haryana), Karanjoti (Mumbai) and Sol Gohalia (Kolkata). 210 adolescent school girls and 140 community women’s were benefitted from the session conducted by 28 female Canon employees. The initiative aimed to spread awareness on menstruation, causes, myths, facts, use & disposal and other related aspects. The session helped in reducing social stigmas of menstruation among community members.

    All the participants were distributed packs of sanitary napkins. Through the engagement and interaction, employees were happy to boost the confidence of women by answering unanswered questions about the social stigmas and helped create a difference in their lives.

  • Train the Trainer session with UN on RIGHT TO FOOD
    Taking a step further in our CSR endeavor, second chapter on Right to Food was embarked in association with United Nations’ World Food Programme. Kobayashi san addressed the session by sharing motivational thoughts with the employees. Gary san further enlightened the positive impact that was created among the children and community through our first topic of ‘Health and Hygiene’.

    38 employees attended the session where UN team explained about the important issues on hunger, malnutrition and our Rights related to food. Going forward, employees will be taking on-ground sessions on the topic through informative booklets further creating a sustainable impact in the larger community.

  • Republic day celebration in adopted villages
    Celebrating the spirit of patriotism among children, Republic day was celebrated across all our adopted villages in India (Maheshwari in Haryana, Sol Gohalia in Kolkata, Karanjoti in Mumbai and Maharaja Katte in Bangalore). Employees enthusiastically participated to spread the feeling of togetherness and shared about vibrant culture of our country.

    School children warmly greeted employees with a March Past and partook in various cultural performances including dance and song. Enabling children learn the art of exhibiting their feelings towards nation through colors, a poster making activity was conducted on the theme ‘Republic Day’. Together employees and children created slogans and beautifully depicted in a form of a posters. The celebrations ended on a patriotic note with everyone coming together and singing the National Anthem in unison.

  • Tree plantation drive
    Adhering to our Corporate Philosophy of ‘Kyosei’ and showing our commitment towards Environment, Canon India Involve on the occasion of Independence Day organized a Tree plantation drive in sector – 63, Noida. 51 employees from Canon technical center and Noida warehouse joined the initiative.

    Together employees planted 230 sampling, turning an abandon barren land into beautiful green park.

  • Click and learn with Photography
    Taking a step further in our endeavor of empowering the children in our adopted village, photography session was organized at Sol Gohalia village, Kolkata. Employees with full vigor participated and helped children learn the art of photography. They clicked pictures themed around ‘My School’ and created memories. This initiative by Canon Involve, supported the endeavor to empower the children.

    With an intent to motivate children for attending school, shoe donation drive also conducted where all children were given school shoes and socks.

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

An experiential expedition to a Digital Agency, Rep India

An exposure visit to PR Agency, Genesis

SOS Children's visit to Red FM 93.5

Working towards bhuilding sustainable change with United Nations' World Food Programme

Republic day celebration

Art Master class at Hotel Lalit

Big Smile session with children of SOS Village, Hyderabad

Blood donation drive in Bangalore office

Blood donation drive in Canon Head Office

Celebrating International Yoga Day with children of Karanjoti village, Mumbai

Employees painting wall of Goverenment school in Maheshwar village, Rewari

Family home adoption with SOS Children's village, Faridabad

Photgraphy workshop at SOS Village

Paper Collection Drive

Big Smile picture

Children of Maharaja katte visiting Nehru Panetarium

Clothes donation

Coloring activity by school girls

Employee engaging art activity

Employees playing football match with children

Environment day celebration at Maharaja katte village, Bangalore

Eye camp organised at Old age home, Gurgaon

Interactive session with children of Tamana school, Delhi

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

Together creating art by student of Karanjoti village school, Mumbai

Tree Plantation drive

Independence day celebration Maharaja katte village, Bangalore

Eye Camp at Gurgaon