Supply Chain CSR

Responsible Sourcing of Minerals

Conflict Minerals Action Policy

Policy for High Risk Minerals

Epson's procurement policies are designed to develop mutually beneficial trusting relationships with Epson's business partners around the world based on the concepts of fairness, coexistence, transparency, and co-prosperity. Epson has thus committed itself to exercising high ethical standards and a social conscience, and Epson has declared that Epson will conduct its procurement activities in strict compliance with both the letter and spirit of laws and regulations in every country and region in which Epson operates.

Epson considers the conflict minerals problem to be a major issue in terms of socially responsible procurement. Consequently, Epson does not use conflict minerals, as they are tied to human rights abuses, environmental destruction, and the funding of armed groups in high risk areas.

Epson takes the actions below to exclude conflict minerals from Epson products.

  1. Epson asks its suppliers to read and follow the Epson Group Procurement Guidelines and the Epson Supplier Code of Conduct.
  2. Epson do survey its supply chain using a tool provided by the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI, formerly known as the CFSI), a group that is working with enterprises to promote responsible mineral procurement.
  3. To ensure that minerals are procured only from smelters and refiners that have been found to be compliant with the Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) Program of the RMI, Epson asks smelters and refiners to obtain proof of compliance through the supply chain.
  4. To ensure compliance with tougher future European Union regulations, Epson will do its due diligence to avoid using conflict minerals from high risk areas, in accordance with OECD guidance.

Conflict Minerals Survey Program

To conduct practical and appropriate surveys throughout Epson's entire supply chain to check that Epson products are free from conflict minerals traced back to armed forces, Epson established the Epson Group Conflict Minerals Survey Guidelines as internal standards. These guidelines are based on Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas issued by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Epson conducts surveys using the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) provided by the RMI to check for conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold), identify refiners on its supply chain, and confirms and assess the status of supplier initiatives related to conflict minerals. Epson then implements measures based on risk level.

Epson also use socially responsible procurement supplier briefings and various other opportunities to promote understanding of Epson policies, request initiatives to improve survey accuracy, and share information on conflict minerals response trends. Epson will continue working with suppliers to eliminate conflict minerals that are tied to armed forces.

Target and Results

  KPI FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
Total Gold Tantalum Tin Tungsten
Number of identified smelters - 314 312 314 150 40 81 43
Number of CFS*1 - 243 249 256 102 40 74 40
Rate of CFS 100%
(by March, 2021)
77% 80% 82% 68% 100% 91% 93%
Response rate from suppliers 100%
(FY2018)
95% 94% 92% - - - -

*1 For information regarding the details of the smelters we have been able to identify, please contact your local Epson sales company:

Partnerships with External Organizations

Epson is a member of the following organizations that are promoting responsible sourcing minerals, and fostering cooperation to promote the use of conflict mineral surveys in the supply chain:

1. The Responsible Minerals Initiative

2. The Responsible Minerals Trade Working Group of the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA).