Epson's CSR

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What Is Epson's CSR?

Epson's Management Philosophy is the bedrock on which our businesses are run. Our mission is to build stakeholder trust as we grow and prosper with communities and to help create a better world. To this end, we strive to practice the values preached in the Management Philosophy, maintain legal and regulatory compliance, adhere to the highest standards for business ethics, and create value that exceeds the expectations of our customers. We consider any action designed to realize the Management Philosophy to be a CSR activity.

Management Philosophy

Principles of Corporate Behavior and Epson Code of Conduct

Established in 2005 and applying to the entire Epson Group, Principles of Corporate Behavior spells out principles of conduct for realizing the Management Philosophy. The Epson Code of Conduct, which was established in 2006 and applies to all Epson Group companies in Japan, articulates proper employee conduct based on these principles. We frequently update the Epson Code of Conduct (most recently in April 2014) in response to social, legal, regulatory, and other changes.

The graphic below illustrates the nine core principles that form the foundations of corporate activities for realizing the Management Philosophy.

CSR Initiatives at Epson

The "Epson Code of Conduct," "Principles
of Corporate Behavior,"and "Interpreting
the Management Philosophy"

Principles of Corporate Behavior

The United Nations Global Compact

Epson has participated in the United Nations Global Compact since 2004. We have pledged to uphold the ten principles of the Global Compact, and we participated in driving global initiatives in the area of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.

U.N. Global Compact Initiatives

Epson's Codes of Conduct Framework and the ten Principles of the U.N. Global Compact

Programs to Instill the Management Philosophy

CSR Month

October is CSR Month at Epson, a time for all employees to reflect on the kind of conduct that builds stakeholder trust. For 2013, Epson Group companies in Japan sought to raise compliance awareness to achieve the Management Philosophy. Toward this end, each organization broke into groups to read aloud the Management Philosophy, a message from the president, and other mandatory sections of the Epson Code of Conduct, as well as sections chosen by each department. Also, all employees were required to complete the online course "Epson Code of Conduct (2013)." In addition, a special feature article, "Raising Compliance Awareness," was compiled for the company magazine. The article included messages from the director in charge of compliance, outside directors, and outside auditors. These were put to good use during CSR Month.

We conduct a survey after CSR Month to find out what each department did and discussed, to pick up on any compliance concerns, and to gather opinions and suggestions about CSR Month activities. We compile and analyze the results, which we share with employees and use to help shape activities for the following year.