CANON REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO SAUDI VISION 2030 AND SETS GOAL OF 30% SAUDI WOMEN IN THEIR KSA OFFICES BY END OF 2023
Ain Alalam – Rashad Iskandrni
Canon Saudi Arabia, a provider of imaging technologies and services has reiterated its commitment to the Vision 2030 plan to harness the Kingdom’s potential to achieve its ambitions of a diversified, sustainable, and thriving economy. In particular, on the human capability development side, and aligned with Canon’s own corporate values of Kyosei, Canon has always been a powerful advocate for empowering Saudi nationals, investing in capacity building and supporting young and local talent, which includes promoting the inclusion of women in the workplace.
Canon is aiming to have 30% Saudi women’s participation in its workplace in the Kingdom by end of 2023. A target which the company has already started working towards, through several initiatives since its establishment in Saudi Arabia in 2018.
Canon Saudi’s partnership with King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, to further develop higher education standards and technology-enabled training is a testament to the company’s commitment of supporting young talent from their formative years, so as to ease the transition into the workplace.
Canon Saudi has also launched a scholarship program to sponsor one academically distinguished female student at Mohammed Al-Mana College for Medical Sciences, for the full 5-year duration of her studies, including all fees, housing and expenses.
In addition, the company has also launched a regional internship program, aimed specifically for ‘Women in sales’, along with various other programs.
Commenting on this announcement Shadi Bakhour, B2B Business Unit Director, Canon Middle East said: “3 years ago, Canon chose to make the Kingdom its home by establishing its largest direct presence (entity) in the Middle East region with offices in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Khobar, to become closer to our customers in the Kingdom. And this year, as Saudi Arabia celebrates its 91st National day with the theme of ‘it’s our home’ we could not be prouder of our presence here.”
“Canon has achieved significant milestones over the last year related to our customers, employees and community, with strong contributions towards achieving the goals of Vision 2030. I would like to acknowledge all the hard work and dedication of our teams who have been instrumental and exemplify the best qualities of a nation that is engineered for success.” added Bakhour.
It is encouraging to note the tremendous progress that the men and women of Saudi Arabia have made to date. Under the ambitious economic and social blueprint of Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia is fast emerging as a beacon of progress, grounded in its tenants as a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation and Canon is committed to contributing to this incredible vision and journey.