Human Rights and Labor

Management Approach

We respect the diversity of our employees, and aim to create workplaces in which they can express their individuality and work with a sense of worth and achievement.

Canon’s Approach

  • GRI102-11
  • GRI102-15
  • GRI103-1
  • GRI103-2

With the global spread of economic activities, finding ways for individual employees of diverse backgrounds and values to utilize their individuality has become an important factor for sustainable development of corporations. In the international community, the United Nations “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” and the International Labor Organization (ILO) “International Labor Standards” have been established, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are encouraging companies to respect human rights as well.

Amid this situation, Canon is taking steps to create a workplace environment in which each employee’s rights are respected, and in which they feel highly motivated and are able to realize their full potential. We believe that having each employee utilize their unique strengths and viewpoints will enable the company to realize sustained growth.

Based on our corporate philosophy of kyosei, we have made concerted efforts to create a workplace environment that fosters mutual respect among our ethnically and culturally diverse workforce. In addition to working to ensure full compliance with laws and regulations in each country and region and to respect human rights as part of the development of global business activities, under Phase V of the Excellent Global Corporation Plan, Canon has set the cultivation of globally competent human resources that think and act with a global mindset as one of its key strategies. We provide varied types of training to assist employees with skills improvement, alongside stepping up efforts to develop human resources that can provide leadership on the international stage. We also ensure workplaces to support the health and safety of employees.

  • * For information about our activities on human rights within our supply chain, refer to Supply Chain Management.

Relationship with SDGs

Canon’s efforts to address issues related to human rights and labor are contributing to the achievement of the following SDGs.

  • Basic Policy
  • Methods for Detecting Risks to Human Rights
  • Respecting Basic Workers’ Rights, Including Freedom of Association
  • Preventing Harassment
  • Installation of Hotline
  • Basic Policy
  • Hiring and Retaining Talent
  • Promoting Globalization of Executive Management
  • Creating Local Employment Opportunities at Production Bases
  • Fair and Impartial Compensation System
  • Employee Benefit Programs
  • Reducing Total Work Hours
  • Flexible Work Styles
  • Worker-Management Relations
  • Policy on Respecting Diversity
  • Promoting the Active Participation of Women
  • Encouraging Men to Participate in Childcare
  • LGBTQ+ Inclusion
  • Utilizing the Abilities of Veteran Employees
  • Proactive Support for the Participation of People with Disabilities in Society
  • Support for Balancing Nursing Care and Work
  • Policy and Structure
  • Occupational Safety
  • Health Support
  • Human Resource Development System
  • Developing Globally Minded Personnel
  • Fostering Experts in Various Fields
  • Canon’s Human Resource Development System
  • Various Certification and Award Programs