Epson wants its employees to remain mindful of the environment while on the job. We feel it is important for them to consider how their conduct, both at work and at home, affects the environment and we want them to take the initiative in coming up with solutions. Toward that end, Epson provides environmental education and promotes correct understanding of ecological practices.
Epson also contributes to broader environmental preservation by sharing its knowledge and experience with outside organizations.
In-House Environmental Education
Our environmental education curriculum for employees consists of a general education program, a professional education program, and general awareness-building activities.
The general education program consists of a mandatory Basic Environmental Training course as a first step, followed by echelon-based training courses in which non-management employees, managers, and executives learn what action they need to take in their respective positions to address environmental issues. In the professional education program, employees select the courses they need in their particular area in order to acquire the skills and knowledge required for environmental action. We also build general environmental awareness among all personnel in a variety of ways, including through environmental messages from management to all employees and by implementing special actions during Environmental Sustainability Month and Energy Conservation Month.
Teaching Environment Protection to Elementary Schoolers (China)
Epson Wuxi Co., Ltd. (EWL) is involved in environmental preservation in and around the city of Wuxi, China, where it is located. In September 2017, the company joined forces with the safety supervisory and environmental protection agency of Xinwu District and Taibo Experimental Elementary School to teach environmental protection to a group of 83 students and teachers who gathered at the Liang Hong National Wetland Park, in Wuxi. After presenting them with an overview of the Epson Group and its initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts, EWL presented them with 100 books about environmental protection. After touring the park, the participants played a trash sorting game to educate them about the importance of reducing environmental pollution and of conserving resources through recycling.
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.