Thursday, August 11, 2016

Canon India takes a leap in its social endeavour, leads way to a progressive India

Faridabad, August 11, 2016( )This Independence Day, as India celebrates its 70th year of Independence, Canon India is strengthening its social commitment to the country through its ‘Support a Life’ Campaign. The world leader in imaging technology, Canon, with a vision to have a proliferating India has partnered with SOS Children’s village across the country to support the education and overall development of children in these villages. The first phase of Canon’s campaign took wings today as it celebrated the Independence Day with children at SOS village, Faridabad.

As part of ‘Support a Life’ initiative, Canon employees have adopted 187 children across SOS Children’s Village in the country to take responsibility of their wellbeing. This initiative furthers Canon’s corporate philosophy of ‘Kyosei’, which means ‘living and working together for the common good’.  To celebrate this association, employees from Canon India Headquarters visited the SOS village to interact, play and engage with over 200 children.Speaking about the latest development and significant expansion of Canon’s CSR ambit, Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President & CEO of Canon India, said, “At Canon, we are deeply involved in meaningful, welfare driven initiatives that impact lives and make people future ready. And what better way to prepare for our future than to invest in our children – the building blocks of the nation. This partnership with SOS Children’s village has given the Canon family a way to express our dedication towards the upbringing of children of the country. Canon has been devoted towards the causes of education, eye care and environment and now we are proud to be expanding our social trajectory with empowerment of children and youth in the country through our most recent initiatives”.

The ‘Support a Life’ initiative expands Canon’s horizon of commitment to the country, adding ‘Empowerment’ to its existing ‘3E’ framework of social outreach. As part of Canon Involve, its ‘4E’ initiatives will continue dedicated efforts in the fields of Education, Eye care, Environment along with Empowerment.The day was a celebration of the upcoming Independence Day to inspire students to learning, showcase and celebrate life. Various activities were organised to build the team spirit amongst children. A painting competition was organised for various age groups and winners were recognised and awarded. A cricket match was also organised where the Canon India CEO, Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi along with Canon employees played a friendly match with the SOS village children.

Ms. Anuja Bansal, Secretary General, SOS Children’s Villages India, shared, “At the SOS Children's Villages, our focus is on bringing up children in a secure and healthy home. Since last five decades, our organisation is focusing on the holistic development of young lives by providing them the love and care of a "Mother" and a family of brothers & sisters. Partnership with like-minded institutes like Canon, provides us further encouragement to continue towards our goal with more vigour and commitment. Their support will help put smiles on the faces of the children in our villages and add value to their growth and development.” 
Strengthening its vision to empower the youth of the country, under the 4E’s, Canon India is set to introduce Vocational and Skill Development Training under its flagship CSR initiative “Adopt a Village”. The campaign will launch in the month of September in its first adopted village in Ferozpur Namak in Haryana. 
Both the initiatives by Canon India are a commitment to handhold the future of the country into meaningful, well-developed and holistic lives ahead.

About Canon Group

Ever since its foundation in 1937, Canon has been adhering to the “Kyosei” philosophy and has been striving to create and deliver world-class products, becoming a top global corporation by diversifying into new business fields throughout the world. Focusing on optical technologies, Canon produces office equipment, imaging devices, industrial systems and other products. Through the close connection between its global head office in Tokyo and regional headquarters in America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and regional headquarters in Japan, Canon combines its global and local operations organically. In 1996, Canon launched its Excellent Global Corporation Plan with the goal of serving the society with advanced technologies and becoming a trustworthy and responsible corporate citizen. The year 2016 is the first year of Phase 5 of the Plan. Currently, Canon boasts a strong global presence of 317 subsidiaries all over the world, supported by 189,571 employees. (Data as of December 31, 2015)

Canon in India---Canon India Pvt. Ltd., a 100% subsidiary of Canon Singapore Pvt. Ltd., is a world leader in imaging technologies. Set up in 1997, Canon markets over 200 comprehensive range of sophisticated contemporary digital imaging in India. The company today has offices and warehouses in 14 cities across India and employs over 1000 people. Canon has over 500 primary channel partners, 14 National Retail Chain partners, and over 6000 secondary retail points. Canon has 200 own retail stores called the Canon Image Square across 94 cities in the country.  Canon’s service reach extends to over 5000 towns with 18 Canon camera service centres and 37 printer Canon Care Centres. Canon India also has 141 authorized service centres for printers and 175 camera collection points.In sync with its corporate tagline- ‘ Delighting You Always’ , reinforced by World class technology, Canon offers an extended product portfolio, including copier MFDs, fax-machines, printers, scanners, All-in-ones, digital cameras, DSLR, Cinematic imaging products, camcorders, cable ID printers and card printers catering to the multiple market segments of consumer, SME, B2B, Government & Commercial. Canon India recorded revenue of INR 2158 crores in the year 2015. 
About SOS Children’s Villages of India---With 51 years of committed care and service provided to parentless and underprivileged children, SOS Children’s Villages of India is one of the largest self-implementing NGOs with pan India presence across 32 projects in 22 states. It provides direct care to over 24,000 children. Established in 1964, SOS India is a non-government, non-profit, voluntary child care organization. It has since been involved in providing children in distress a ‘home-like’ environment with a loving mother, brothers and sisters, as well as a home and a community. The mission of the SOS Children’s Villages of India is to build families for children without parental care so that they grow up with love, respect & security.  It is a well-known credible organization in India and the first NGO to get a CRISIL accreditation for strong delivery capability and high financial proficiency. It is one of the very few Indian NGOs which can give a 100% tax exemption under section 35 AC. In March 2016, SOS India was certified by TRACE, world’s leading anti-bribery standard setting organization, which demonstrates a commitment to commercial transparency. For more information please visit: