Epson's CSR and SDGs
Relation to SDGs
Epson's Initiatives and Their Relationship to Our SDGs
As stated in its Management Philosophy, Epson seeks to become an indispensable company, an ambition that Epson considers to be consistent with the realization of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
In 2017, as part of this effort, Epson created "Key CSR Themes," a materiality matrix that identifies important initiatives for addressing social issues. Epson examined the relationship between its initiatives and the 169 targets of the 17 SDGs to identify the SDGs that intersect with Epson's initiatives.
Epson confirmed that its initiatives support the achievement of the 13 SDGs below. (Please note that this matrix was mapped out in March 2018 and is subject to change depending on future business developments.)
Epson believes that the growth strategies it has outlined in the Epson 25 Corporate Vision will help to achieve the SDGs. Specifically, we will solve social issues and help to realize a sustainable society by driving innovations in four areas and executing environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) initiatives that support the realization of the Management Philosophy.
Commitment to the SDGs
Epson is using its original efficient, compact, and precision technologies and initiatives as vehicles to drive innovations that will enrich the world and make it a better place. Our goals are the same as those of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations.
Epson is creating new value by looking hard at solutions to social issues, understanding the expectations that society has of us, and then providing products and services that far exceed those expectations. We at Epson are committed to the development of sustainable societies through the four areas of innovation identified in the Epson 25 Corporate Vision.
Communication with Outside Experts
Lecture on SDGs
In June 2018, Seiko Epson hosted a lecture on sustainable development goals (SDGs) for directors and members of the executive management team. Ayako Sonoda, president of Sustainability Consulting company Cre-en, was invited to speak on the topic of how innovation and SDGs are shaping the future. She talked about what led the UN to adopt the SDGs and about expectations for private enterprise.
Message from Ayako Sonoda to Epson
SDGs represent a business opportunity. The world is looking to companies to integrate SDGs into their operations and drive groundbreaking innovations. National and local government are moving forward on action to achieve SDGs, and Nagano prefecture has been selected as a leader in sustainable socio-economic systems for the future. Epson, with its headquarters in Nagano prefecture, will be expected to work even more closely with the community. I want to see Epson establish a vision of the future and a blueprint for building that future by 2030, the target year for the SDGs.
Comments from Seiko Epson president Minoru Usui
Epson's stated mission in Management Philosophy is to become an indispensable company, a company that moves forward to achieve dreams and aspirations that it shares with society. The importance of the SDGs is widely recognized, but we have to ensure that our initiatives are truly aligned with current trends and that they are actually meeting the world's expectations.
A Conversation with ITO EN's Hidemitsu Sasaya
In February 2018, current ITO EN, Ltd. corporate advisor and CSR expert Hidemitsu Sasaya (photo center) visited Epson to discuss corporate social responsibility initiatives and the SDGs Partnership Award. Following a long career in government, Mr. Sasaya joined green tea giant ITO EN, where he managed the CSR Promotion Department and was largely responsible for ITO EN winning the SDGs Partnership Award (Special Prize) at the inaugural Japan SDGs Awards, in 2017. He met with Seiko Epson's Masayuki Kawana (right) and Akira Mihara (left), director and general manager, respectively, of the CSR Management Office.
What are Sustainable Development Goals?
"Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" was adopted in 2015 at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, which was attended by more than 150 world leaders.
This agenda is a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity that includes a declaration and a set of 17 goals and 169 targets for sustainable development.