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Conflict Minerals in Epson Products

Epson's policy on conflict minerals

Epson is committed to socially responsible procurement and will not purchase gold, tantalum, tin, or tungsten mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country. Epson is working with its suppliers to eliminate conflict minerals from products.

In line with the foregoing policy on conflict minerals, Epson is taking the following actions.

  1. Epson requests that its suppliers read and follow its Procurement Guidelines and the Epson Supplier Code of Conduct. Epson will take additional opportunities to explain and gain understanding of its suppliers about the actions it takes to keep conflict minerals out of its products.
  2. Epson is not required to report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission the use of conflict minerals, as defined in the final rules of Section 1502 of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act"). However, Epson is implementing supply chain due diligence by using a standardized reporting tool available from the EICC/GeSI. If, in the future, a more effective means of carrying out conflict mineral due diligence is established, Epson and its suppliers will adopt it.
  3. To ensure that minerals are procured only from smelters and refiners that have been found to be compliant with the Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) Program of the EICC/GeSI, Epson requests smelters and refiners, either directly or through the supply chain, to obtain proof of compliance.

Frequently Asked Questions

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US public companies and certain foreign private issuers are now obliged to report the use of conflict minerals to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Does this apply to Epson?


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No. Epson is not a foreign private issuer under Sections 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act so it will not file an SD report on its use of conflict minerals with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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What is Epson doing to eliminate conflict minerals from its products?


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Epson is committed to having a socially responsible supply chain and revised its procurement guidelines in the autumn of 2012 to prohibit the sourcing of conflict minerals in materials and components sold to Epson for incorporation into Epson products. Epson's procurement guidelines are posted at:
http://global.epson.com/SR/procurement/guideline/


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What measures does Epson take to require its suppliers to eliminate conflict minerals from the Epson supply chain?


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Epson's procurement guidelines require that its suppliers refrain from using conflict minerals. Epson surveys some of these suppliers each year to determine if they can certify the country of origin for gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten. To date, Epson has completed surveys of targeted suppliers to its semiconductor, quartz device, metal powder, metal injection molded product, and synthetic quartz crystal businesses. Epson continues to also survey major suppliers of materials and components used in other Epson products.


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Does Epson audit its suppliers?


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Epson conducts reasonable country of origin inquiries by asking its suppliers to determine the source of gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten used in materials and components sold to Epson. Epson conducts an evaluation of some Epson of its suppliers each year to determine their adherence to Epson's procurement guidelines.


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Do Epson products include conflict minerals?


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Epson procures a wide variety of different materials and components from suppliers around the world. The company has completed surveys of suppliers to its semiconductor, quartz device, metal powder, metal injection molded product, and synthetic quartz crystal businesses and can certify that it has yet to find the use of conflict minerals.
Moving forward, Epson will continue to conduct surveys about printers and other information-related equipment with a sustained program to keep conflict minerals out of Epson products.


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Which suppliers have been surveyed so far?


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Epson has surveyed all its suppliers who supply Epson's semiconductor, quartz device, and Epson Atmix businesses with components and materials that include gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten. Suppliers of components and materials used in information-related equipment are also being surveyed.


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How many suppliers have been surveyed so far?


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As of fiscal year 2013, Epson has surveyed more than 100 suppliers.


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When does Epson expect to conclude its surveys?


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Epson conducts ongoing surveys of its suppliers as part of its regular business practices. Companies covered by the so-called "Dodd-Frank Act" must report on the status of such conflict minerals in their products to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although Epson is not obligated to report about its use of conflict minerals, it is committed to having a socially responsible supply chain and is carrying out ongoing


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What is Epson doing to audit its supply chain to verify that conflict minerals are not used in Epson products?


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Epson contractually requires all of its suppliers to comply with its procurement guidelines. In autumn 2012, Epson revised these guidelines to require its suppliers to report the use of conflict minerals. Henceforth, Epson requires that suppliers report for all products sold to Epson the region of origin, the supply chain process and the method of survey used.


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When will Epson be able to become conflict mineral-free?


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No concrete schedule has been set, but Epson continues to survey its suppliers as part of its regular business practices.