Epson and the Environment

Eco Community

Epson wants its employees to remain mindful of the environment while on the job. We feel it is important for them to consider how their conduct, both at work and at home, affects the environment and we want them to take the initiative in coming up with solutions. Toward that end, Epson provides environmental education and promotes correct understanding of ecological practices.
Epson also contributes to broader environmental preservation by sharing its knowledge and experience with outside organizations.

Environmental Education System (Japan)

FY2013 Environmental Education (Japan)

*1 This is the number of persons who took Basic Environmental Training II during the period of time it was offered (December 2013 to March 2014). Other figures show the number of certified persons as of the end of March 2014.

Mandatory e-Learning for all employees

Environmental Lectures for University Students (Japan)

Lecture at Yamanashi University

Epson sends employees to give lectures in schools and local communities in Japan when asked.
In November 2014, staff members lectured on Epson's business, environmental initiatives, and community relations as practical training for second-year students of the University of Yamanashi Department of Regional Social Management, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences. Some of the students had visited the Epson Manufacturing Museum prior to the lecture to get a sense of the "Creativity and Challenge" ethos at the heart of Epson's monozukuri (the art and science of manufacturing).

All-Japan Senior High Schoolers Eco Action Project

Students racing to sort ink cartridges of the six printer
manufacturers (top)

competition against an experienced sorter (bottom)

The Ink Cartridge Satogaeri (Homecoming) Project, of which Epson is a member, sponsors the All-Japan Senior High Schoolers Eco Action Project. In the 2013 fiscal year five students from Futaba High School, in Suwa, Japan, toured subsidiary Epson Mizube Corporation to see how the plant's facilities provide improved access for persons with disabilities and to experience the ink cartridge sorting process first-hand. As part of the sorting experience, a competition pitting teams of two or three students against a single Epson Mizube worker was held to see which could sort cartridges faster and more accurately. Epson Mizube is a special subsidiary of Seiko Epson. It was established in 1983 to promote the employment of persons with disabilities. Epson Mizube also plays an important role in the Satogaeri Project by sorting the collected ink cartridges and sending them back to their respective manufacturers for recycling.

Green Talent Program (Taiwan)

Members of the Epson staff along with the 15 students
selected to participate in the Green Talent Program at Japan

To foster a new generation of leaders who can help create a sustainable society, Epson Taiwan Technology & Trading Ltd. has, since 2011, been conducting an environmental education program for university and graduate school students called the Green Talent Program. The theme for 2014, the fourth year of the program, was "Green Manufacturing and Marketing." A two-day training in Taipei featured lectures by a member of the Green Trade Project of the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs and by business executives actively working to reduce environmental footprints. A tour of a textile printing plant was also included. A total of 95 students participated in the training. From this group, 15 excellent students were selected, based on interviews and a written exam, to take part in a program in Japan in October. These students observed precision assembly of watches, attended workshops on such topics as sorting ink cartridges, had the chance to trade ideas directly with Epson directors, and learned about Epson products and services helping to reduce environmental footprint and their potential for contributing to a brighter future.