Epson and the Environment
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
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)
Epson sends employees to give lectures in schools and local communities in Japan when asked.
In November 2016, staff members lectured on Epson's long-term business strategy, latest innovations, environmental initiatives, and community relations as practical training for second-year students of the University of Yamanashi Department of Regional Social Management, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences. Some of the students had visited the Epson Manufacturing Museum prior to the lecture to get a sense of the "Creativity and Challenge" ethos at the heart of Epson's monozukuri (the art and science of manufacturing).
Green Talent Program (Taiwan)
To foster a new generation of leaders who can help create a sustainable society, Epson Taiwan Technology & Trading Ltd. has, since 2011, been conducting an environmental education program for university and graduate school students called the Green Talent Program.
The theme for 2015, the fifth year of the program, was "Green Manufacturing and Innovation." The two-day Taiwan Program held in July in Taipei featured lectures by a member of the Green Trade Project of the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs and by business executives actively working to reduce environmental footprints. A tour of a textile printing plant was also included. A total of 100 students participated in the training.
From this group, ten excellent students were selected, based on interviews and a written exam, to take part in a program in Japan in October. These students visited the Chitose Plant (which makes liquid crystal display panels for projectors) and the Sapporo Software Center to learn about Epson environmental initiatives. Students also saw energy conservation and drainage processing equipment up close, and put on cleanroom suits to get some hands-on work experience. Other activities included a tour of a local home electronics recycler and a chance to see environmental footprint reduction initiatives in Sapporo. Events like these helped the students garner insights about environmental initiatives in Japan.