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Canon partners with disabled worker group

Canon’s partnership with disability service provider New Horizons passed a new milestone last year, with more than a million Canon Pixma ink kits packed at the not-for-profit’s North Ryde work centre.

New Horizons employee Wilson Chang receives a certificate of appreciation from Canon managing director, Taz Nakamasu

The previous best annual figure was around 700,000 ink kits.

New Horizons, a provider of equal work opportunities for people with mental health and intellectual disabilities, has been working with Canon Australia for almost six years – running the packing division of Canon Pixma ink kits.

‘The partnership with Canon provides meaningful employment for more than 60 people with disability. It’s more than just a job opportunity – it means vocational training in a supported environment and in some cases the chance to gain employment in the open labour market,’ said Judi Higgin, CEO of New Horizons.

‘As a not-for-profit organisation, revenue is reinvested back into services for the community – our partnership with Canon allows us to create new programs and initiatives that support thousands of Australians each year.’

‘The cost may be lower to pack these kits offshore, but the value this partnership has for the Australian community is more than a dollars-and-cents conversation,’ said  David Klineberg, general manager, Corporate Strategy and Communications for Canon Australia. ‘The last six years of operations has been incredibly successful and we have been continuously impressed by their innovation, commitment and professionalism.

‘Our business practices at Canon are guided by the philosophy of kyosei – a way for all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, to live and work harmoniously together – our partnership with New Horizons is a great way for us put our philosophy into practice.’

Each year, New Horizons hosts an awards ceremony to recognise their employees. Several of Canon’s executives, including Taz Nakamasu, Canon’s managing director attend the ceremony to personally thank every New Horizons employee for their contribution.

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