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Canon Celebrates 4th Anniversary of its Flagship ‘Adopt a Village’ Initiative

HARYANA, India, November 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —

– First village, Ferozepur Namak in Haryana Completes 4 Successful Years

– Anniversary celebrations Marked With the Launch of a Vocational Training Program

– Rejoices With the School Children at Ferozepur Namak Village on the Occasion of Children’s Day

Canon India Pvt. Ltd, India’s leading Digital Imaging Company celebrates yet another milestone today, with the completion of four successful years of its flagship CSR initiative, ‘Adopt a Village’. With a vision to uplift the social fabric of the country, Canon commenced its intervention in Ferozepur Namak village in Mewat, Haryana in November, 2012. Taking its commitment a step ahead, Canon announced the launch of a vocational training program to empower the youth in the villages.

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Over the years, Canon has adopted 4 villages across the country namely; Ferozepur Namak in Haryana, Maharaja Katte in Bangalore, Karanjoti in Thane, Maharashtra, and Sol Gohalia in West Bengal. The vision with the adoption is to redefine the lives of people in and around the village by providing them with facilities for a self-sustainable living.

Speaking about the landmark being celebrated for Canon’s efforts towards social commitment, Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India, said, “Our consistent efforts towards making villages self-reliant have shown stupendous results. As we touch the landmark of four years of ‘Adopt a Village’ today, I am delighted to announce the launch of a skill development training program at our first adopted village. Under this program, we are providing computer training to the students and villagers, supporting them to become empowered in the long run. Having introduced our social trajectory with ’empowerment’ this year, we are confident that the vocational training centre will contribute towards building a sustainable future for the community. With continued focus on eye care, education, environment and now empowerment, it also gives me immense pride to witness the dedicated efforts by our employees across the country.” He further added, “With our resource centres focusing on holistic development of the children, we are happy to see them grow into confident individuals. We believe in growth and learning in all forms, the celebration of the anniversary along with Children’s Day is our acknowledgement that these kids have to be nurtured right for a bright future of the country.”

In a span of last four years, Ferozepur Namak village has witnessed several discernible impacts in three core areas including Education, Environment and Eye Care. A library for academic and resource center for extra-curricular activities, provision of clean drinking water through RO, installation of solar panels, separate toilets for girls, deployment of rain water harvesting and installation of solar enabled lights in the school campus are some infrastructural developments leading to the improved enrolment of children in the school. Canon vision centre regularly conducts awareness programs and screening camps in schools in Ferozepur Namak and other neighbouring villages. Till date, over 11,000 patients have been screened at the vision centre, with 566 total surgeries conducted.

Along with the launch of the vocational training centre, a cricket match, cultural performances, tree plantation drive were organised to ensure that the anniversary celebrations are in full galore. Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi handed over the sports kit to the school Principal to ensure active participation of children in sports. Canon employees actively engaged in the celebrations and showed their support for the community development endeavour.

Strengthening Canon’s vision of ‘4E’s – Education, Environment, Eye Care and Empowerment, the company reinforces its commitment to furthering long term, sustainable development in every village it adopts. In the coming year, Canon plans to amplify its efforts aimed at serving the society with greater focus on health and hygiene among school students through renewed efforts.

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 206 own retail stores called the Canon Image Square across 96 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 195 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 and commercial. Canon India recorded revenue of INR 2,158 crores in the year 2015. 

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Shreya Mehta
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