Sustainability at Epson
Epson provides information to its stakeholders about its sustainability activities. But Epson also listens to stakeholders’ views and suggestions to help formulate strategies and actions. Epson thus uses various means to maintain two-way communication with stakeholders as a way to improve the quality of its sustainability activities.
Event Sponsorship and Exhibition
Co-Sponsor and Exhibitor at the 2021 Sustainable Brands International Forum in Yokohama*1
Epson co-sponsored and exhibited at the 2021 Sustainable Brands International Conference in Yokohama, which ran from February 24 to 25.1 This was the third consecutive year that Epson has served as a co-sponsor.
The theme of SB2021 was “ReGENERATION,” which aligns with Epson’s goal of achieving sustainability in a circular economy. Epson showcased the social value that it can provide as a company and emphasized the need for co-creation to drive innovation.
In a plenary speech, Tatsuaki Seki, Seiko Epson director and managing executive officer, presented examples of how digital textile printing can solve problems in the fashion and apparel industry and how virtual schools can provide equal education around the world. He also called for co-creation to build robust ecosystems for achieving these.
In a breakout session, an art director, printer, retailer, and Epson employee took the stage as players responsible for building actual ecosystems. They discussed societal issues facing the fashion and apparel industry, efforts being made by various companies to solve those issues, and future possibilities. The value of digital textile printing was reiterated. As a kimono and other articles of digitally printed clothing were displayed, the panel discussed the value created by digital printing, including its production efficiency and its advantages in terms of environmental impact and better work environment.
The Epson booth, which fsshion designer/ art director Aguri Sagimori had a hand in designing, exhibited many digitally printed textile works.
Visitors had a chance to see, touch, and get a sense of the outstanding quality of design, feel, and texture of these textiles.
*1 Sustainable Brands conferences are among the world’s largest conferences on the subject of sustainability. Sustainable Brands was launched in 2006 in the United States under the shared recognition that embedding the idea of sustainability in business strategies is essential for enhancing corporate competitiveness and brand value.
Taiwan-Japan Trade and Economic Sustainability Forum
The 2019 Taiwan-Japan Trade and Economic Sustainability Forum was held in Taipei in September 2019. Attended by 390 students and representatives of Taiwanese and Japanese economic groups and enterprise, the forum offered an opportunity for individuals from both sides to share their experiences and ideas for achieving the SDGs along with sustainable trade and economic growth.
Following keynote addresses by representatives from Taiwanese and Japanese economic groups, Seiko Epson Director Masayuki Kawana, director of the CSR Management Office, took the stage to present a case study about new opportunities that the green trend is bringing. Kawana, in a presentation titled “Green Innovation: Achieving a Sustainability Society with Epson’s Efficient, Compact and Precision Technologies,” provided examples of how inkjet innovation and a dry process office papermaking system can help achieve SDGs by transforming any office into an eco-conscious office. In addition, Epson handed out notebooks made from paper produced by a PaperLab dry-process office papermaking system and announced that a PaperLab would be exhibited at the Circular Economy Taiwan held at the Taipei World Trade Center from September 26-28. Forum participants expressed keen interest in Epson products that contribute to the SDGs.
Discussions with Local Citizens
Seiko Epson and Epson Group companies engage members of the communities in which they operate. We are working to build trust with these communities by explaining our business, environmental activities, and risk management system as well as by actively listening to their needs and issues.
In June 2019, we created an opportunity to meet and talk with local officials, including the mayor of Fujimi, Nagano Prefecture, home to the Suwa Minami Plant and the Fujimi Plant. They came to our plant to see how we make 3LCD panels and to discuss actions that could benefit both the community and the company. Topics ranged from the traffic and streetlights around the business sites to events to promote the town, invite charitable contributions via a hometown tax system, and attract new residents.