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Equal Gender Opportunity Initiatives

Seiko Epson was an early advocate of equal opportunity employment. We abolished gender-based remuneration in 1983, and the return-to-work rate for employees who have taken childcare leave is 95% (98% in 2012). In fact, women stay with Epson longer than men, on average (21.4years for women versus 18.0 years for men).


Well-being leave program
Epson introduced a well-being leave program in March 1998 that allows employees who do not use all their annual paid vacation days during the year to stockpile the remainder, up to 60 days, in a separate account. They have the option of using well-being leave days in the event of personal injury or illness, or to care for children or family members, or to participate in school events for their children in elementary and middle school.

Monitoring and Controlling Working Hours

Epson remains fully compliant with labor laws. One of the ways we ensure compliance is by following an operations manual that Epson created to prevent excess overtime work. We have also deployed time management initiatives and monitoring systems across the organization. Epson has programs to build awareness among employees of the importance of regulating working hours appropriately and we are fully committed to maintaining a well-balanced working environment.

Work-Life Balance Initiatives

Next-generation accreditation mark
"Kurumin"

Epson, with one eye trained on the well-being and development of our children, allows employees to balance their careers with their personal lives so that they feel they can stay with the company. We enforce an eight-hour workday at least once per week at our sites, and an increasing number of sites have a day each year when parents can bring their children to work. Because of these and other initiatives, Epson is recognized for implementing policies that will benefit the next generation.


Shigeru Matsuyama on paternity leave

Every year, some of our male employees take paternity leave. According to Shigeru Matsuyama, "By spending time at home, I could watch my wife smile and my children grow. Having time away from work also helped me grow as a person by giving me the chance to try new things and meet new people." We intend to roll out these and other programs that help secure a healthy worklife balance.


Labor and Management Initiatives

Seiko Epson was an early advocate of equal opportunity employment. We abolished gender-based remuneration in 1983, and the return-to-work rate for employees who have taken childcare leave is 95% (98% in 2012). In fact, women stay with Epson longer than men, on average (21.4years for women versus 18.0 years for men).