Epson's CSR and SDGs
Epson provides information to its stakeholders about its CSR 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 CSR activities.
Event Sponsorship and Exhibition
Co-Sponsor and Exhibitor at the 2020 Sustainable Brands International Forum in Yokohama*1
Epson, which co-sponsored the 2019 Sustainable Brands International Forum in Tokyo, this year served as a co-sponsor of the 2020 Sustainable Brands International Forum in Yokohama, which ran from February 19-20.
At a plenary session at the event, President Yasunori Ogawa (then Managing Executive Officer, CTO), took the stage for a panel discussion on innovating to solve social issues. Ogawa said, “We are a technology company, and there was a time when we made technology development a priority and pursued a product-out approach. Those days are gone. Today, we first develop a clear vision of the world as we wish it to be and then work backwards to develop technology to achieve that vision. With this approach, it is extremely important to identify how to solve social issues.” In wrapping up the panel discussion, he stated that there is a limit to what one company can do and that open innovation with outside partners will become even more important in the future.
At the Epson booth, we showcased Epson’s value proposition for solving social issues by demonstrating the operation of a PaperLab, which can reproduce new paper on the spot from used copy paper, and the use of projectors to create a remote office and remote classroom.
*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. In the 2019 fiscal year, SB conferences were held in 14 cities in 13 nations.
Co-sponsor and exhibitor at the 2019 Sustainable Brands International Forum in Seoul
Epson is conducting global CSR communications through the Sustainable Brands International Forum network to help achieve social sustainability. As part of this effort, Epson Korea Co., Ltd. (EKL) served as a sponsor and exhibitor at the 2019 Sustainable Brands International Conference in Seoul that was held on October 18, 2019.
EKL CEO Yasuo Shibusawa, who took the platform as a speaker and panel member at the Good Supply session of the Forum, spoke passionately about the value that Epson's environmental programs, products, and services contribute to the solution of societal problems and to the achievement of the SDGs. EKL received valuable feedback and raised expectations during a spirited debate about achieving that value proposition among the panel members and audience.
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.