Participation in External Initiatives
Epson seeks to contribute to the achievement of a sustainable society through its business activities and thereby become an indispensable company. For this reason, we endorse and take part in numerous sustainability initiatives.
- United Nations Global Compact
- Responsible Business Alliance (RBA)
- Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI)
- Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures
- Science Based Targets initiative
- Japan Climate Initiative (JCI)
- Japan for Circular Economy (J4CE)
- CSR Europe
- Pararesin Japan Consortium
United Nations Global Compact
Epson joined the United Nations Global Compact on July 16, 2004, when a Letter of Commitment signed by the president of Seiko Epson was sent to and accepted by the Secretary-General of the UN. The letter expressed Seiko Epson's commitment to the Global Compact in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption.
As a member of society, Epson takes an uncompromising approach to socially responsible corporate conduct in areas such as compliance, human rights, environmental action, workforce diversity, and supply chain management. We take these and other social issues seriously and are working toward solutions. We aspire to make Epson an indispensable company through the practice of ethical corporate conduct and by playing a central role in realizing a better world through the products and services we provide.
See the link below for details about the United Nations Global Compact.
Epson Confirms Commitment to United Nations Global Compact by Signing the Statement from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation
Epson has reiterated its commitment to the United Nations Global Compact by signing the Statement from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation.
The Statement from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation was announced as a new policy of the UN in September, and was issued to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Global Compact. Signatories commit to operating in a spirit of global cooperation, accountability, corporate ethics and transparency, and to upholding the following points:
- Demonstrate ethical leadership and good governance through values-based strategies, policies, operations and relationships when engaging with all stakeholders
- Invest in addressing systemic inequalities and injustices through inclusive, participatory and representative decision making at all levels of our business
- Partner with the UN, Government and civil society to strengthen access to justice, ensure accountability and transparency, provide legal certainty, promote equality and respect human rights
In making that commitment, we also call on Governments to:
- Protect human rights, ensure peace and security, and uphold the rule of law so that businesses, individuals and societies can flourish
- Create an enabling environment to serve the interests of people and planet, prosperity and purpose, through strengthened international cooperation and national legal frameworks
- Enhance multilateralism and global governance to combat corruption, build resilience and achieve the SDGs
Responsible Business Alliance (RBA)
In April 2019, Epson has joined Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a global coalition dedicated to CSR in global supply chains, and strengthen CSR supply chain initiatives.
RBA is a nonprofit comprised of companies committed to supporting the rights and wellbeing of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global supply chain. As a Regular Member, Epson commits to fully supporting the vision and goals of the RBA.
See the link below for details about the RBA.
Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI)
Epson joined the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) in April 2019. Epson is promoting responsible sourcing minerals, and fostering cooperation to promote the use of conflict mineral surveys in the supply chain.
Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures
The Financial Stability Board created the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) to promote disclosures on climate-related risks and opportunities. In June 2017, the TCFD published its recommendations (final report), and in October 2019 Epson declared its support for those recommendations.
CDP is an organization that gathers and evaluates environmental information from companies at the request of institutional investors and supply chain members. Epson discloses corporate information by answering the CDP's surveys on climate change (610KB) and water security (250KB) .
See the link below for details about the CDP.
Science Based Targets initiative
The SBTi is an international partnership that persuades companies to set science-based GHG emissions reduction targets in order to keep the increase in average global temperature to well below 2℃*1 above pre-industrial levels.
Epson has had its GHG reduction target validated by the SBT.
*1 The target is expected to be raised to 1.5℃ in July 2022.
See the link below for details about the Science Based Targets initiative.
In April 2021, Epson joined the RE100, a global initiative that brings together the world's most influential businesses driving the transition to 100% renewable electricity. Epson had previously announced that its worldwide Group sites*1 will all meet their electricity needs from 100% renewable energy sources (renewable electricity) by 2023.
*1 "All sites" referenced here excludes leased properties for sales offices, etc., where the amount of electricity cannot be determined.
See the link below for details about the RE100.
Japan Climate Initiative (JCI)
In January 2019, Epson joined the Japan Climate Initiative, a network of various non-state actors such as companies, local governments, organizations and NGOs actively engaged in climate action.
See the link below for details about the Japan Climate Initiative (JCI).
Japan for Circular Economy (J4CE)
In June 2021, Epson joined Japan for Circular Economy (J4CE), which was established by the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Japan Business Federation. Epson will provide information about its circular economy initiatives to J4CE, which collects and shares case studies from companies in Japan with the world.
See the link below for details about the Japan for Circular Economy (J4CE).
CSR Europe is an organization that makes recommendations on guidelines and principles for the European Commission. As a leading European business network, it supports the corporate social responsibility efforts of businesses, industries, governments, and NGOs.
Epson Europe B.V. (EEB) joined CSR Europe in September 2017. With EEB's Sustainability Director holding a permanent seat on the CSR Europe Board of Directors since February 2019, Epson Europe has been a leader in the building of a global network and in the creation of guidelines and policies for sustainability and is helping to promote a sustainable future and sustainable business growth.
See the link below for details about the CSR Europe.
Pararesin Japan Consortium
Euglena Co., Ltd., NEC Corporation, and Epson, in collaboration with Professor Tadahisa Iwata of the University of Tokyo, established the Pararesin Japan Consortium to develop and popularize technology for pararesin, a biomass plastic that uses paramylon, a storage polysaccharide of the microalga Euglena. Technology is being developed for practical viability.