Message from Management
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Aiming to Make Epson an Indispensable Company for Our Customers and Society

Minoru Usui

In March 2016, Epson announced its Epson 25 Corporate Vision. This document draws a vision of where we want Epson to be in ten years and maps out our path to get there. We will make further rapid advances by leveraging the business infrastructure we have built to date to transform Epson into a company that creates a new connected age of people, things and information with efficient, compact and precision technologies.

In the future, advances in information and communications technology will allow all kinds of information to be connected over the Internet, causing cyberspace to expand dramatically. In this world, hardware products that interface with cyberspace will be essential for businesses and consumers in the real world. Seeing this macro trend, Epson, as a real world manufacturer, will provide the value of its efficient, compact and precision technologies through original products built around its core technologies. We will offer customers value by reducing wastes of all kinds and saving their time, effort, and money. We want to change business and work processes-both ours and those of our customers-to significantly reduce environmental impacts. And we want to help our customers sharply increase their productivity, accuracy, creativity, and other areas of performance.

Epson has a tradition of creating products that increase productivity and effectiveness while mitigating environmental impacts. For example, customers who replace their office laser printers with inkjet printers save energy and reduce their waste emissions, since inkjets do not have large toner cartridges and photoconductor units. Apparel-related businesses can sharply reduce the amount of water they use by using digital inkjet textile printers and dye-sublimation transfer printers instead of traditional dyeing processes, which are water intensive. The PaperLab in-office paper recycler that we announced at the end of 2015 can recycle waste paper right in the office using a dry process. Waste paper will not have to be hauled off to a recycling facility, so users will reduce their CO2 emissions. And, since only a small amount of water is used to maintain humidity inside the system, PaperLab will save water, a valuable resource that is used in tremendous volumes in traditional wet recycling processes. Epson is thus changing work processes and providing original products that produce new value.

Epson declared its support for the United Nations Global Compact in 2004, and we continue to drive initiatives aligned with the ten principles of the GC relating to human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. We have been working to build and maintain a strong, fair and transparent governance system by, for example, establishing a Corporate Governance Policy in 2015 and transitioning to a company with an Audit & Supervisory Committee in 2016. As a member of society, Epson believes that it is important to fulfill our corporate social responsibility by conducting ourselves the right way. That means, among other things, establishing business ethics, maintaining compliance, respecting human rights and employee diversity, and addressing environmental issues. At Epson we take such social issues seriously and try to address them with the aim of becoming an indispensable company for our customers and society.


Minoru Usui
Minoru Usui
President
Seiko Epson Corporation