MELVILLE, NY, March 1, 2021– During a time when it has been crucial for companies to prioritize the values and needs of their customers and employees, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has remained committed to developing solutions that are designed to support ever-changing business needs. Reflecting this commitment, Canon U.S.A. is proud to share it has been recognized as one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies for the fourth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.

Of the 135 honorees spanning 22 countries and 47 industries, Canon U.S.A. is the only company to be recognized within the Imaging Technology industry category, showcasing the company’s strong global standards, business integrity, corporate citizenship and overall brand value. As a result of the company’s positive influence, impact in business communities, and ongoing support during COVID-19, Canon U.S.A. stands out amongst others to the Ethisphere Institute.

“While addressing the tough challenges of 2020, we saw companies lead – above all other institutions – on earning the trust of stakeholders through resilience and a commitment to ethics and integrity,” said Timothy Erblich, CEO, Ethisphere Institute. “The World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees continue to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the highest values and positively impacting the communities they serve. Congratulations to everyone at Canon U.S.A. for earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation.”

Rooted in Ethisphere’s proprietary Ethics Quotient®, the World’s Most Ethical Companies assessment process includes more than 200 questions on culture, environmental and social practices, ethics and compliance activities, governance, diversity and initiatives to support a strong value chain. The process serves as an operating framework designed to showcase the leading practices of organizations across industries around the world. This year, the process was streamlined and set to further gauge how applicants are adapting and responding to the global health pandemic, environmental, social, and governance factors, safety, equity and inclusion, and social justice.

“Over the past few months, Canon U.S.A. has shifted its business to develop solutions and provide high-quality support to our customers to help them navigate through these difficult times,” said N. Scott Millar, senior vice president & general manager, Corporate Human Resources, Audit, Ethics & Business Consultation and senior vice president, Human Resources, Canon Solutions America, Inc. “We are honored to be recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute as it speaks to the ongoing support and developments we have made and reflects our company’s corporate philosophy of Kyosei. We look forward to continuing to develop solutions, participating in corporate social responsibility initiatives and supporting our customers for years to come.”

To check out the full list of Ethisphere’s 2021 World's Most Ethical Companies, please visit here.

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  1. I think Canon USA being one of the most ethical companies in the USA or Canon being one of the most ethical companies in the world would mean a lot more.
    Indeed. And the headline is misleading, as it gives the impression that it was ethical towards people in general, rather than primarily towards its own customer. The award is for having good 'corporate ethical standards', which I don't quite know what it means in practice. The book by Joel Bakan, The New Corporation, could well provide a context for this. Besides, it is awarded by a for-profit company which brings back memories of audit firms giving triple A ratings for sub-prime instruments - not quite the same, I know, just that it feels a tad off. Nevertheless, as a canon customer I guess it is possible to take comfort that the company is ranked well in its ethical practice towards me, rather than being ranked poorly, that is.

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