Canon act as a responsible company and we believe in living and working together for the common good. That has been our corporate philosophy since 1988. We call it Kyosei.
Kyosei is the Japanese word for “living and working together for the common good”. It’s about taking care of the society and being part of the community, and running our business in a sustainable way. It lies at the heart of our brand, business and sponsorship activities. Check out our Nordic Kyosei activities.
The program’s primary social goal is to provide young people with quality education (SDG 4) on visual storytelling. Educating young people on how to get their voices heard, in a world, full of stories and images, showing them how to create an impactful story. Collaboration is done e.g. with local schools, UNDP and photographers.Finland Young People Programme Video from year 2017
All Canon employees in Finland can use one workday yearly for volunteering. In 2018 a group of employees worked at the warehouse of Hope – Yhdessä & Yhteisesti Ry. Hope Ry is an organization runned by volonteers that want to create equal opportunities on everyday life for children in Finland. They distribute garment and donations to families in need and support hobbies and leisure experiences for children and young people.More about Hope
Canon employees joined the Company Marathon to support employees health aswell as kids health in Finland. The entry fees from the marathon are supporting the action called ‘Lasten liike’ which is creating the possibility for free after school activities for kids. At the moment there is over 200 after school classes in 50 cities around Finland.
The World Press Photo Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization. Canon has been a global partner since 1992. At Canon, photography is more than just a business, it is a part of our heritage and part of our DNA. For more than 70 years now we have been striving to provide the best photographic tools in the world. We know that the World Press Photo winners rely on their equipment and these are the tools of their trade. World Press Photo is yearly shown exhibition. We believe in the power of showing and the importance of seeing high-quality visual stories in exhibitions and events.
Ronald McDonald House in Gothenburg want to make life more easy for seriously sick children and their families. The house is located next to the hospital and is the home for some families during a hard time in life. Canon support Ronald McDonald House with a printsolution that make it easier to focus on their core purpose. The rooms are decorated with images of animals printed on Canon large format printers.More about Ronald McDonald
Canon Norway have a cooperation with Hallagerbakken skole all year around, supporting the school with print solutions and office equipment loan. We have established a partnership agreement with focus on themes from the schools nature & environment activity plan. Health is also important not only in daily life but reflected in the sponsorship for the young people. During 2018 Canon Norway took part in a run that involved children in all ages and made donations to the Children Cancer foundation.More about Hallagerbakken skole
Giving young gymnasts the possibility to get their own exhibition printed as a memory to keep.Canon have donated a high-end DSLR and zoom lens so they can take professional pictures and provided printers to use on the exhibition day to print their pictures of themselves and the more professional gymnasts. We offer quality pictures and print the small clubs would not be able to fund.
Canon sponsor Red Cross in the yearly event, Canon Pro Golf Series, which we hold in favor of Red Cross. All the money we are raising during that event is going to Red Cross yourth activities.
Canon support Bris financially and through funding- and awareness activities. During 2017 Canon produced the Bris exhibition "Idolkorten 2017" using Canon large format printers. During 2018 Canon and Bris developed a guide to improve the knowledge of image management on social media to create a better and more fair image climate online. The guide is for adults and children using social media and the aim is to spread good behaviour in social media.Download the guide here
Since 2014, Canon Sweden has supported MyDreamNow, an organisation that inspires students and helps them understand their own potential. MyDreamNow works with employers to help young people to look forward and start dreaming, with the vision that all young people should know their value in society and find their own way to future employment and dreams. Canon employees act as class coaches and contribute with guidance for the young people.
Photo: Johan Larsson