Aims to boost women employee numbers from a present 12% to 20% by 2018
New Delhi, March 7, 2016: Canon, the leading digital imaging company in India takes forward their legacy of commitment to the country with dedicated efforts to boost women employee, nurture them and help them grow within the system. With strong professional and social ethos, Canon proactively indulges in policies and activities that ensure a safe, secure and inspirational workspace for women.
With dedicated efforts to support performance management, employee-management relations and resource planning, Canon HR policies offer an array of solutions. One such unique initiative, ‘Ladies Power Lunch with CEO’ is a platform where women employees are provided an opportunity to interact with the CEO of the company. Under its HR practice, women employees of Canon are motivated to engage and evolve through various company activities. One such campaign is ‘Women Empowerment’ where women from various Canon offices go to the adopted villages under their flagship initiative ‘Adopt a Village’ to interact with women and girls of the villages. Canon employees educate the village females about topics like personal hygiene, significance of sanitation, ways to judge people and situations and most importantly self-defence and safety.
Speaking about the significance of its women workforce, on this International Woman’s Day, Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President & CEO of Canon India, said, “At the heart of Canon is equal opportunity for all. Be it at the workplace or at our adopted villages, we reinforce our vision of creating gender equality. Canon’s policies and initiatives are in line with our vision to create stronger workforce where women can be leaders just like the way they lead their homes. Women today are Superwomen in true sense. They manage their work and home with equal dedication and efforts. It is for us to appreciate their efforts and provide them with opportunities, so that they can showcase their prowess. Women in Canon hold many important positions. We aim to continue and excel this proposition. At present, we have 12% women employees contributing to the vision of Canon India. But we surely want to take this number to at least 20% over the next two years.”
To celebrate the spirit of womanhood, Canon India has planned an array of activities to acknowledge and respect the efforts of its women employees. March 8, 2016, International Woman’s Day will welcome women colleagues in the company with a motivational program in which a special session only for women employees will be conducted by a motivational speaker and a Life Coach. During the course of this program, Canon’s women employees will be encouraged to develop a positive attitude towards life. In this two hour long session, they will get the opportunity to interact with the speaker to understand and explore the methods to strike a work-life balance.
On March 13th, photography workshops will be organised across the country. The first leg will witness workshops at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, The Chancery Pavilion in Bangalore, Holiday Inn in Mumbai and The Park in Kolkata. Highlighting Canon’s commitment towards making technology accessible, particularly to women, this initiative is sure to create an engaging platform for all the participating photography enthusiasts.
Comfort, security, equality, work life balance and evolvement are key aspects of Canon’s HR policies for women. Comfortable work hours, flexible timings for new mothers, transport facility for all employees, relaxed leave policies and much more stand testimony to Canon India’s efforts to promote a culture of growth and gender equality. Canon also organizes special workshops like wellness workshop and self –defence trainings for is female employees on regular basis which helps them to optimize personal well-being to learn effective techniques to counter any form of abuse.
The women at Canon are considered pillars of power, who enable the brand to achieve its leading position. With the vision to offer the most gratifying yet productive and dynamic environment, Canon continues to support the emergence and success of women power.
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 176 own retail stores called the Canon Image Square across 83 cities in the country. Canon’s service reach extends to over 5000 towns with 18 Canon camera service centers and 37 printer Canon Care Centers. Canon India also has 141 authorized service centers 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.