Sustainability at Canon

We are transforming the way we operate and manufacture to shape a more sustainable world for people and for our planet.

We are also focused on being a responsible partner to our customers by helping them meet their sustainability commitments.

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CO2 Reduction

We aim to achieve carbon net zero emissions by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement. This involves consistent action across our entire business from operations, manufacturing and transportation to product design and packaging.

We have set near term goals for 2030 and have submitted these to SBTi (Science Based Targets initiative) for transparency and verification.

Circular Business

Our ambition is to become a circular business. Where every single product and material is designed, created, reused, repaired, and recycled in a closed loop.

Through innovative manufacturing we design out waste and help keep our products and materials in use for longer.

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Educational and youth programmes

Young people deserve and need to have a voice in shaping the future of our world.

We empower young people to share their story through imaging in collaboration with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and with the support of our Canon Ambassadors as programme delivery partners.

Supporting local communities

Our sustainability activities also focus on initiatives to help create positive social and environmental impact on our local communities.

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Partnerships and Programmes

We collaborate with our customers, business and industry partners to help make positive contributions to climate action.

  • Tiny Forest

    All over the UK, small areas of land are being transformed into so-called ‘tiny forests’, as part of a project organised by Earthwatch Europe and proudly supported by Canon.

  • Coral Spawning Lab

    The Coral Spawning Lab together with international partners leads a an innovative coral reproductive research project to develop techniques to stimulate coral reproduction. They want to develop this world-leading scientific research for real-world ecological benefit. Through their work, they will save endangered corals and secure the world’s coral reefs and train conservationists.

Recognition in the CDP A list

  • For 2023, Canon has been awarded an A score for climate change by CDP, the third time we have been included on their highest-ranking A list and placing us in the top 2% of companies assessed in this category.    

    The CDP is an international environmental non-profit organisation which evaluates major companies and organisations worldwide on their efforts to tackle environmental issues.

  • Most of Canon’s products have been awarded with the Blue Angel ecolabel from the German Federal Government

  • As of 2020, ISO 14001 consolidated certification covers Canon Inc. as well as 124 Group companies in 40 countries (593 operational sites) and regions around the world

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