Our Guiding Principles

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What we focus on

We aim to address relevant societal challenges to generate positive outcomes for beneficiaries and for the communities we operate in. By practicing an impact-oriented CSR approach, we want to use our expertise and leverage our unique strengths as a company to create beneficial opportunities for all parties involved. We are giving back to society through, for example, donations, grants and other contributions based on our core competencies.

Reflecting our Medical Systems, Consumer Products and Scientific Solutions business divisions, we prioritise our CSR activities within the following areas of focus: Healthcare, Photography, Natural Sciences, Future Careers and Environment.


As a global company, Olympus follows global guidelines such as ISO 26000 as part of our Social Responsibility. In 2004, the Olympus Corporation joined the UN Global Compact, a voluntary initiative to create a global framework for corporate sustainability with universal principles on human rights, labour (especially labour rights and protection), the environment and anti-corruption. In it, companies can contribute to good corporate citizenship and sustainable growth through responsible and creative leadership. Global Compact principles are incorporated into our Corporate Conduct Charter and Code of Conduct and reflected in our business activities and throughout our organisation. We remain committed to comply with the Global Compact’s ten basic principles on issues; including human rights, labour and anti-corruption.