UN Global Compact

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Epson joined the United Nations Global Compact in 2004, committing to uphold universal principles regarding human rights, labor and the environment. The Global Compact is a voluntary corporate citizenship initiative proposed by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1999 at the World Economic Forum. Through the power of collective action, the Global Compact seeks to promote responsible corporate citizenship so that business can be part of the solution to the challenges of globalisation. In this way, companies like Epson can help realize the Secretary-General's vision: a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.

Epson's commitment to the UN Global Compact

Global Compact principles Related section in Epson's Sustainability Report
Human rights
Principle 1 Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2 Businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
Labor standards
Principle 3 Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4 Businesses should eliminate of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
Principle 5 Businesses should uphold the effective abolition of child labor; and
Principle 6 Businesses should eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7 Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8 Businesses undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9 Businesses encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
Principle 10 Businesses should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery.