Corporate Citizenship

Education for Young People

Assisting Fashion Art School Students with Digital Textile Printing

The apparel industry is faced with losses due to the disposal of a large amount of unsold products and environmental problems due to the large amount of water used in the dyeing process. Digital textile printing is a sustainable printing process that reduces environmental impacts, accommodates quick turnaround times, enables short-run production, and improves the working environment.

In the 2020 school year, Epson supported the production of digitally printed fashion pieces by graduating students of Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo. This provided students who will lead the fashion industry in the future and are interested in the societal issues facing the apparel industry with an opportunity to learn about digital textile printing and experience its value first-hand. In the process of completing their fashion pieces, the students saw for themselves the outstanding reproducibility of their designs and the environmental benefits of a printing process that uses a minimal amount of water. The teachers and students were extremely satisfied with the photo-quality reproduction. This was more than just a printing experience for the students. They also learned about digital printing and took advantage of its features in the creation of their pieces, thus taking a step forward toward creating a new form of clothing design in the future.

Students enthusiastically looking at their work at Epson’s Textile Solutions Center (TSC Asia).

Watch Assembly Class (Japan)

Seiko Epson traces its roots to Daiwa Kogyo, a watch factory. Over the decades, we have developed world-class watch manufacturing technology and have master watchmakers (human capital).

Every year, we conduct 15 hands-on watch assembly workshops for sixth-graders in Suwa, the city in Nagano prefecture where Seiko Epson's Head Office is located. The workshops allow the children to experience the fun of producing a product. In FY2019, a total of 428 students participated in the workshops. Skilled watchmakers from Seiko Epson taught the children how to assemble part of a watch movement, mount the hour, minute, and second hands, and complete a watch so that it actually starts running. The children enjoyed assembling their own one-of-a-kind watch by drawing their own dial pattern with their favorite colors, which gave them a sense of accomplishment and deepened their knowledge about a local industry.

"New Horizons” Training Program for 10,000 Young People (Europe)

In FY2019, Epson Europe B.V. launched a program called “New Horizons” to support the education of 10,000 young people in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. This program leverages the company’s storehouse of technology and expertise to draw out the creative potential of youngsters and elevate their understanding of environmental issues and sustainability.

In Germany, we conducted environmental education that touches on paper recycling and energy conservation for 1,700 elementary students. The students learned how to make recycled paper from old newspapers and learned about the history of energy generation by using steam-powered and solar-powered toys.

We also used our printing and projection technologies to teach 400 preschoolers and elementary students in Spain about the conservation of biodiversity around their school. In England we had a long-term partnership with an educational institution where we leveraged our latest printing and scanning technologies to provide support to the fashion, jewelry, and fabric design classes of 1,250 students.

Educational Assistance for Children (India)

Epson India Pvt. Ltd. (EPIL) believes in the importance of future childhood education and has an assistance program that focuses on underprivileged children. Over the past several years, EPIL has been distributing books, notebooks, and backpacks to public schools that serve underprivileged children primarily in the states of Karnataka, in southwest India where EPIL is located, and in the western state of Maharashtra. The number of recipient schools has been increasing by the year. The children were happy with their new gear that helped with their studies.

And in FY2019, we cooperated in and supported a project to increase the literacy rate in India by providing and installing projectors and computers in classrooms. These materials increase the quality of education and increase the students’ motivation to learn. Teachers told us that the educational assistance Epson is providing is playing an important role in improving the lives of children.

Environmental Lectures for University Students (Japan)

Seiko Epson provides lecturers and accepts student trainees when asked to by schools and communities in Japan.

In February 2020, we hosted practicum students of Shinshu University for a course called the Eco-Mind Program: Experience-Based Training for Environmental Competence. This practicum is designed to give students a chance to learn directly from real-world practitioners about issues and initiatives in the environmental field. The head of Seiko Epson’s environmental affairs organization lectured on Epson’s environmental stance and initiatives while providing specific examples. He took questions from the students and listened to their ideas.

After the lecture, the students were given a tour of Epson’s Manufacturing Museum and a demonstration of how Epson’s PaperLab dry process office papermaking system recycles and produces paper. They were also given a tour of Epson Mizube Corporation, an Epson subsidiary that sorts and processes used ink cartridges. They deepened their understanding about a variety of actions that we as a manufacturing company are taking to address social issues.

When addressing environmental concerns, it is important to take local action to solve global issues. That is why we seek to realize a sustainable society, starting from here in Shinshu, and will continue to engage the local community in a wide range of ways.

Environmental Education (China)

In October 2019, Tianjin Epson Co., Ltd. collaborated with the Tianjin Society for the Promotion of Ecological Ethics and Tianjin Nankai Ecology and Environment Bureau to educate 360 first-year middle school students about everyday garbage separation and recycling.

Our employees introduced them to the PaperLab A-8000, a dry process office papermaking system that recycles used paper into new paper. We also shared the know-how on garbage separation and recycling that Epson has accumulated over many years with the children to raise awareness about environmental preservation.

The Private Educational Foundation Epson International Scholarship Foundation (Japan)

The Epson International Scholarship Foundation provides funding for exceptional students from abroad who wish to study in Japan and to students from Japan who wish to study abroad. In August 2019, 15 scholarship students visited the Seiko Epson Head Office and the Toyoshina Plant. With a tour through the Manufacturing Museum and lectures on products such as our projectors and smart glasses, they deepened their understanding of Epson.

Epson Information Science Vocational School (Japan)

Our society is increasingly built around information. To meet the needs of changing times, we established the Epson Information Science Vocational School in 1989. Its purpose is to develop technical personnel who are trusted by the community and can make wide-ranging contributions to society. The school had 2,760 graduates as of March 2020.

Most of the instructors are engineers and developers who have corporate experience, including at Epson. Classes are designed to ensure that students acquire technical skills they can put to practical use on the job. As a result of the school’s efforts, at least 95% of the students in each graduating class over the 30 years since the school first opened its doors have received informal employment offers before graduation.

Students have their choice of three disciplines: Information Systems, Information and Electronic Systems, and Information Business. The school is accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Moreover, MEXT recognizes all three disciplines as Professional Post-Secondary Courses*1. A special class has also been set up to enable the top students to join Epson on school recommendation after graduation.

In February 2020, we received the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award, an award granted to the highest achieving companies and schools in Japan in a Digital Technology Certification test*2. Only two organizations, our school and another one, won the group award, meaning that the efforts of our students earned recognition nationwide.

*1 Courses recognized by MEXT have a curriculum designed to impart the latest practical skills and knowledge through close cooperation with enterprise and systematically seek to ensure the quality of more practical vocational training.
*2 This is a certification that tests a wide range of knowledge from ICT and automatic control theory to designing and practical usage skills.