Canon Medical Systems and the
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:
The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals are a call to action for all countries to promote prosperity, whilst protecting the planet. Canon Medical Systems UK have gained official partnership status from the United Nations’ Division for Sustainable Development Goals.
Canon Medical System is proud to show its ‘heart & soul’ through our cultural philosophies such as ‘Made for Life’ but also through its sustainability programmes, charity support and social responsibility. We are committed to being a carbon-neutral organisation and undertake a number of initiatives to protect the planet and promote greater prosperity across the communities we work within.
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Canon Medical align with Birmingham 2022 Sustainability Goals
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is aiming to be the first edition with a carbon-neutral legacy. To support this, Canon Medical is offsetting the carbon emitted across the entire journey of our equipment and people provided to the three onsite Polyclinics. This includes the creation of our equipment, transportation to site, installation, running and removal of our equipment, as well as its onward journey to its next destination.
In addition, all employee travel and accommodation throughout the Games will form part of Canon’s carbon-offsetting calculations, with a total predicted offsetting of 66.7 tCO2e of carbon, through our India wind turbine project – aligning with the UN’s seventh Sustainable Development Goal: Affordable and Clean Energy for All.
We are proud to be the Official Imaging Supporter of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Our Commitment to the Environment
Canon began the sustainability journey to become a carbon-neutral organisation in 2008 when we first committed to reducing our footprint on the world. By 2014, we had been certified as a fully carbon-neutral organisation.
For us, it’s not enough. We are committed to becoming a carbon-negative organization, and our work with the Games will help us towards aligning to Goal 3 (Good Health and Well Being for All) alongside the aforementioned Goal 7.
To bring this commitment to life, we have partnered with CO2balance to enable us to accumulate carbon credits and contribute to climate protection projects that deliver measurable benefits to communities throughout developing countries.
Through our sustainability initiatives, our carbon credits specifically contribute to investment in bore holes, as well as stoves across Kenya and Uganda to provide clean water and access to vital cooking equipment.
In addition we accompany this by contributing to rural healthcare centres in Uganda, supplying medical equipment and solar lighting too hard to reach communities.
And now as part of the legacy of our partnership with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, we are contributing to the construction of wind turbines in India. These will be built across India and provide power directly to the country’s National Grid.
Together, and combined with our current activities, this will contribute towards our ambition to become a carbon-negative and more socio-economically responsible organisation.
Extending our Legacy
Canon Medical has also been working with renowned basketball team, the Sheffield Sharks to create and run our RESPECT programme. This brings workshops on cyber-bullying, bullying and health and fitness to disadvantaged communities across the Sheffield region.
We have now extended this programme into Birmingham and entering a new partnership with the Sheffield Sharks and support of The Birmingham Rockets.
Throughout June and July 2022 we have provided healthy lifestyle workshops and basketball coaching which has been delivered by the Sheffield Sharks and City of Birmingham Rockets and that has reached up to 1,500 primary and secondary school children.