Social ContributionCollected Data

Focusing on the following six areas, Canon's social contribution activities seek to meet the needs of communities in countries and regions worldwide (as of December 31, 2018).

Major Social Contribution Activities (not including those featured on Social Contribution Activities page)

Area Name of Activity Overview Notes
Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief Disaster Relief Fundraising Canon organizes fundraising activities to help those in regions affected by natural disasters worldwide. In 2018, we donated a total of about ¥31 million in response to disasters such as floods in western Japan and earthquakes in Hokkaido and Taiwan.  
Disaster Recovery Support Programs “Fukushima Community Support” and “Smile for the Future Project” are some of the programs aimed at reinvigorating local communities affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Cooperation with UN Support Programs Canon is a special sponsor of the UNHCR Refugee Film Festival, organized annually by UNHCR Representation in Japan and Japan for UNHCR*1. Canon also participates in “WFP Walk the World,” a charity walk in support of the activities of the Japan Association for the World Food Programme*2. *1 The national partner of UNHCR in Japan
*2 The national partner of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Japan
Environmental Conservation Environmental Outreach Classes Accredited by the Organising Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of the “Tokyo 2020 Official Programme (Sustainability),” these classes teach the importance of recycling by using experiments to sort materials with different characteristics to help promote deeper understanding of environmental issues.
Social Welfare American Cancer
Since 1998, Canon USA has been a supporter of the American Cancer Society initiative “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” to raise funds for cancer research. Canon employees participate in walks and other fundraising activities.  
Local Communities Canon Image Bridge Project This program involves children from across Asia creating “exchange cards” that include photographs they have taken, along with brief messages. Students from elementary schools in China and Japan took part in 2018 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People‘s Republic of China.  
Education and Science Canon Junior Photographers This project organizes photography classes for children on the theme of nature with the aims of raising environmental awareness and fostering richer artistic sensitivity. URL:
Internship Program for Students This internship program aims to support the career development of students. Canon Inc. offered a total of approximately 1,700 internships to students on administrative, technical or specialist tracks in 2018.  
Art, Culture and Sports New Cosmos of Photography This project aims to discover, nurture, and support up-and-coming photographers through exploration of the potential of photographic expression. URL: