190 Days of Social Commitment (Germany)
Epson Deutschland GmbH (EDG) has been running its "190 Days of Social Commitment" program since 2008. The name of the program derived from 2008 when 190 EDG employees each took one day of paid leave at their own convenience to volunteer their time at social welfare facilities or schools in the surrounding Meerbusch area.
In fiscal 2016, more than 40 EDG employees helped to renovate local accommodation facilities. Support for this facility has continued since the start of the 190 Days of Social Commitment program. When the work was finished, a party was held with facility staff and local residents. Other activities include painting the garden benches and planting flowers at nursing homes, and building a path through a garden in a self-sufficient living facility for young people, earning the appreciation of the community.
Movie Screening and Painting Contest (Taiwan)
Epson Taiwan Technology & Trading Ltd. (ETT) has held movie screenings at elementary schools throughout Taiwan starting in 2009. The purpose of the movie screening is to demonstrate Epson's projector technology and to show children enjoyable films. ETT provides the projectors and movies used at the venues. So far, screenings have been held in about 2,500 locations, with a total of approximately 145,000 people participating.
ETT has also held a painting contest since 2010 using the movie as the subject. Every year between 1,300 and 2,000 works are submitted by the children. They are judged by prominent journalists and artists, and outstanding works receive an award.
Employees Give Blood (Philippines)
Epson Precision (Philippines) Inc. (EPPI) has a partnership with the Philippine Red Cross Batangas branch, and employees have been giving blood since 2000.
EPPI has introduced a program to enable employees and their families to give blood at their own convenience once a week between 10 in the morning and 5 in the evening. To encourage employees to give blood, the company works with the Philippine Red Cross to give health examinations and explain about blood.
In fiscal 2016, a total of 1,365 employees gave blood. This initiative has been recognized with awards, for EPPI in 2016 from the Philippine Red Cross, and the Blood Galloner Award for 33 employees who gave over four liters during the year.
Collecting and Reusing Clothing (China)
The labor and management of Epson Wuxi Co., Ltd. (EWL) have cooperated with the local government of Xinwu District, Wuxi, since 2015, in a program to collect and reuse unwanted clothing. As the first company in Xinwu District to install a collection box on its premises, EWL is actively calling on employees to provide clothes.
March 2017 marked the third year that clothes have been collected, and the local government provides the clothing to people who need it. In planning its company-wide annual social contributions, EWL holds regular discussions with the local government. So far the company has conducted afforestation and scholarship programs. EWL will continue its activities in harmony with the needs of the region.
Career Education for Junior High School Students (Japan)
In October 2016, career education was held for 128 first grade pupils from Fujimi Junior High School in Nagano Prefecture. Six employees of the Epson Fujimi Plant served as instructors on the theme "What is work?" This is the third time this popular education program has been held. Pupils learn how companies work based on role-sharing and cooperation, and get to think about what they want to do in the future.
At the start of the program, Takamasa Arai, manager of the General Affairs Department, told the pupils that work is a combination of what you want to be and what you can actually do. He urged them to realize their dreams by thinking a lot about what they want to achieve, talking to lots of people, and taking an interest in many things. Then the pupils split into classes on development, manufacturing, management, sales and safety, having lively discussions about the hardships and pleasures of work. To end the program, there was a fascinating demonstration of the Moverio BT-300 smart glasses.