Excellent Global Corporation Plan Phase IV
Accelerating our transformation into a truly excellent global company.
In 2011, Canon embarked on Phase IV of the Excellent Global Corporation Plan. Through Phases I, II and III, we strengthened our financial structure and compiled a steadily growing record of achievements. In pursuit of ongoing transformation, we aim to achieve sound growth based on the company's corporate philosophy of kyosei with the goal of becoming a truly excellent global company admired and respected the world over.
1.Achieving the overwhelming No.1 position in all core businesses and expanding related and peripheral businesses
At Canon, we believe sound growth is predicated on strengthening our primary businesses. With innovative and attractive industry-leading products, and an emphasis on highly profitable solutions and services, we aim to achieve the overwhelming No. 1 position in each of our primary businesses. At the same time, we continue to grow secondary businesses in related areas, such as network cameras and the retail photo segment.
2.Developing new business through globalized diversification and establishing the Three Regional Headquarters management system
Canon has intensified efforts to strengthen two new business domains: medical imaging and intelligent robots for automated production. To date, we had made Japan the center for innovation, promoting business development and diversification.
Now, however, we are looking to M&A and other methods to achieve innovation in the U.S. and Europe as well, creating a global R&D framework based on our Three Regional Headquarters management system.
3.Establishing a world-leading globally optimized production system
Canon optimizes productivity by diversifying production facilities worldwide. With the aim of achieving rational production in terms of product quality and cost, we comprehensively assess such factors as distribution, parts procurement, labor, and risk. Production is further enhanced through the in-house production of tools, materials and technologies, including automated production systems.
4.Comprehensively reinforcing global sales capabilities
As developing and resource-rich economies in Asia, South America and Africa join the ranks of the world's growth centers, Canon continuously assesses trends and aligns our global sales structure accordingly. In Europe and the U.S., for instance, we are strengthening our services and solutions sales force and deepening our partnership with Océ N.V. In Asia, we focus on the Chinese market while expanding sales in ASEAN countries.
5.Building the foundations of an environmentally advanced corporation
As an environmentally progressive company, Canon pursues environmental conservation hand in hand with business growth. We employ technologies that support energy savings and resource conservation through every stage of the product lifecycle—from initial design and production to eventual recycling. In all of our corporate activities, Canon undertakes efforts to reduce burden on the environment.
6.Imparting a corporate culture, and cultivating human resources befitting a truly excellent global company
The enterprising spirit at the heart of Canon has enabled us to continuously transform the company over many decades. This is reflected in Canon's guiding principles—the San-ji (Three Selfs) Spirit—which have been passed down since the company's founding. Today, Canon actively works to maintain a corporate culture that values transformation. At the same time, our international training programs help to develop personnel befitting a truly excellent global company.
The Excellent Global Corporation Plan
Phase Ⅰ 1996-2000
Phase Ⅱ 2001-2005
Phase Ⅲ 2006-2010
Canon's Corporate DNA
Behind Canon's 70-plus-year history and development as a business lies its corporate DNA: a respect for humanity, an emphasis on technology, and an enterprising spirit that the company has consistently passed on since its foundation. The enterprising spirit on which Canon was started as a venture company and the relentless drive to distinguish itself through technology permeate the company, and have continued to provide society with new advances. These motivating factors are in turn supported by a respect for humanity, which encompasses meritocracy and an emphasis on good health.
Canon is committed to passing its corporate DNA on to future generations to ensure the company grows for another 100, or even 200, years.
The San-ji (Three Selfs) Spirit
The Three Selfs, the foundation of the company's guiding principles that have been passed down since Canon was founded, are self-motivation, self-management and self-awareness. For Canon, which strives to be a truly excellent global corporation while maintaining the legacy of its corporate DNA, the Three Selfs continue to serve as the company's most important guiding principles.
|Take the initiative and be proactive in all things.|
|Conduct oneself with responsibility and accountability.|
|Understand one's situation and role in all situations.|