Epson and the Environment


The System for Eliminating Hazardous Substances

Controlling of substances contained in products

Increasing international restrictions on substances used in products, notably the RoHS Directive and REACH regulation in Europe, have made it essential to closely control the type and quantity of materials used. Epson systematically controls product substance content at the purchasing, production, and shipping stages to ensure compliance with these restrictions.

  • Confirm that no restricted substances are present in parts and materials before producing products. [Analyze parts and materials using x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer.]

  • Confirm that restricted substances have not been used in products before the products are shipped.

*1 A written standard that sets forth requirements for the building and maintenance of a substance control system by suppliers who provide parts and materials used in Epson products. The standard also defines requirements relating to the elimination or exclusion of legally restricted substances and requirements for providing information on substances present in parts and materials.

Green office supplies

When purchasing office equipment, stationery, and other office supplies, Epson gives preference to goods that satisfy defined internal criteria for "green products."

Paper products procurement policy

In April 2007 the Epson Group established a paper product procurement policy, which expanded the procurement of paper products that can be confirmed to comply with that policy. In order to have expert and objective input into the creation of this policy, the Epson Group invited the participation of the WWF Japan, which was one of five organizations that compiled a "Joint NGO Recommendation on Ecologically Ethical Paper Procurement." WWF Japan's goal is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. As part of its activities, WWF Japan calls on companies to use wood products in an appropriate way, taking into consideration the balance between the use and conservation of forests. This procurement strategy incorporates WWF Japan ideas on the use of forest resources and encompasses the legality and sustainability of the entire supply chain.

Epson Group Paper Products Procurement Policy

  1. Effective use of used paper and other recycled pulp
  2. If virgin pulp is used as a raw material, procurement should confirm the following:
    • Legality
    • Sustainability
    • Chemical safety
    • Environmental management

Details on the Epson Group's paper products procurement policy and procurement standard can be found here.