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 the 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 aim of Epson's Management Philosophy. The Epson Code of Conduct, which was established in 2006 and applies to all group companies in Japan, articulates proper employee conduct based on these principles. We frequently update the Epson Code of Conduct (most recently in April 2015) in response to social, legal, regulatory, and other changes.

The graphic below illustrates the nine core principles that form the foundations of business activities for achieving the goals of 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

Compliance Month

October in Japan is Compliance Month (the name was changed from "CSR Month" in FY2014). We use this month as an opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of compliance in achieving the goal of the Management Philosophy. In FY2014, in a continuation of the efforts from the previous year, the group companies in Japan sought to raise compliance awareness. To achieve this, (1) the head of each business unit issued a message about compliance, and (2) personnel in every workplace took turns reading the Epson Code of Conduct aloud under the leadership of the head of their respective business unit. In addition, the October edition of Harmony, the company newsletter, carried a message from the director in charge of compliance as a feature article for Compliance Month.

After Compliance Month activities are completed, we look to improve the activities for the following year by conducting a survey to find out what kind of actions were taken on the department level, the subject of discussions, and any compliance concerns people may have in Epson. We also ask for opinions and suggestions about activities. Survey responses are totaled and analyzed, and the results are made available to employees.