Sustainability – Canon and sustainable business

Canon aims to do business responsibly. We believe the innovations and technological advances that we embed into our products should enrich the lives of our customers without harming the environment. Our business and our brand are built on sustainable economic growth. We reduce our need for new natural resources, carefully monitor economic progress and risks, and respect the communities that depend on us.

Sustainability is important to Canon. For us, it involves focussing on reducing environmental impact; engaging with communities; and supporting wider economic growth. Alongside this, we anticipate and comply with regulations and standards and even look to exceed them where possible.

Corporate responsibility
We take responsibility for our impacts and follow fair operating practices. Our commitment to sustainability is focused in three key areas: Environment, Society and Business.

Find out more about our three key areas:

United Nations Global Compact Picture_UNGC logo
Canon Europe has signed up to the United Nations Global Compact (January 2014), committing to its 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. Our participation formalises the approach we already take to embed sustainability into our strategy, culture and business.

Sustainable growth
Our long-term plan is to operate three regional headquarters in Europe, USA and Japan including research and development centres and manufacturing capabilities in each region. The European regional headquarters went live from 1 January 2013, with employees split across four locations at Canon Europe Limited, London, UK; Canon Europa N.V., Amstelveen, Netherlands; and former Océ sites at Venlo, Netherlands and Poing, Germany.

Canon EMEA sustainability programme
In 2015, we decided to focus our sustainability programmes in EMEA on three key themes, which use our core strengths and expertise in imaging to support society’s needs. These themes are:

  • Supporting young people to develop their creativity
  • Developing low carbon leadership
  • Using Canon technology, solutions and skill sets to support society.

Canon EMEA sustainability programme section

Our philosophy
Our business is based on our Japanese corporate philosophy of Kyosei, which translates as ‘living and working together for the common good’. This means we take responsibility for the impact of our activities, respecting our customers, the communities and countries where we operate, and our natural environment. Find out more about Kyosei .

Canon Sustainability Report (PDF 19MB)

Environment – creating more sustainable products

From design and production, through to customer use and material recycling and re-use, we create greater value from fewer natural resources, minimising waste by recycling and re-using resources and materials, to help counter the threats of climate change.

Find out more on how we reduce the environmental impact of our products and operations and promote sustainable consumption in our Environment section.

Society – meeting social and ethical responsibilities
We aim to make a positive contribution to society, adding value to the lives of people influenced by our business. From customers to investors; employees to NGOs; and the local communities where we operate across EMEA, we respect our ethical obligations and engage in community support programmes. These range from conservation and education to employee volunteering. Find details on how we interact with our stakeholders in our Society section .

Business – complying with laws and operating fairly
We aim to operate fairly in all our markets, pursuing economic growth while respecting applicable laws and regulations. We follow robust policies and procedures to protect our customers and employees, while growing our business sustainably and meeting economic targets. Find out more about how we do business in our Business section .

Sustainability Reports