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Environment Conservation Efforts from Epson


 

Name of the Company: Seiko Epson Corporation

Founded: 1942

Industry type: Electronics Goods Manufacturer

Headquarters:  Suwa, Nagano, Japan

Investment:   ¥0.985 trillion (As on March 31, 2010)

Seiko Epson Corporation (Commonly Epson) is a Japanese electronics company and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of computer printers, information and imaging related equipment.

Epson is dedicated to provide support to the community in the following designated fields and will be arranged in a manner, appropriate to the country and region of the world where activities are conducted

  1. Education for young people
  2. Culture and the arts
  3. Community events
  4. Environmental conservation
  5. Social welfare

Epson’ Environment CSR activities include:

  • Application of Epson’ Product in Marine Wildlife Protection
  • Project to Recycle Cartridges for Environmental Benefits
  • Recognition of Efforts in E-waste Recycling
  • Program for Foreign Students to understand Eco-friendly Processes
  • Worldwide Contributions to Enrichment of Vegetation and Mitigation of Green House Effect
  • Application of Epson’ Product in Marine Wildlife Protection

As a way to ensure the application of its sensor technology in environmental sciences, Epson has been monitoring the hatching of loggerhead turtle eggs in an artificial beach at Kamogawa Sea World and sites along the Tojo coastline since June 2010 in Japan. In this study, sand temperature is recorded every 30 minutes and the firm’ advanced sensor attached above the eggs site detects the time of hatch for subsequent correlation studies.

 Installation of sensors near turtle eggs site

Corporate employees in data evaluation

  • Project to Recycle Cartridges for Environmental Benefits

Epson Singapore Pte Ltd (ESP) together with four other printer manufacturers, the Singapore National Environment Agency and National Library Board began “Project Homecoming” to collect ink and toner cartridges in Singapore. Under this project, the customers will deposit the concerned devices in collection boxes installed at 13 branches of the national library in the city, will be segregated then into metals and plastics for recycling and reuse of precious materials.

ESP management in front of collection box

Collection box at Epson business site

  • Recognition of Efforts in E-waste Recycling

Epson America, Inc (EAI) recycles and reuses waste materials in its warehouses. In December 2011, EAI received the WRAP (Waste Reduction Awards Program) award from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery in recognition of its efforts for fourth time.

EAI employees with awards

  • Program for Foreign Students to understand Eco-friendly Processes

In October 2011, Epson Taiwan Technology & Trading Ltd (ETT) ran a work experience program designed to develop “green talents” based on the principles of “prospering with the community” and “preserving the natural environment” for undergraduate and graduate students. Twelve Taiwanese students participated in the program had an international perspective and deepened their ecological knowledge through environment-themed discussions and tours to recycling facilities of Epson in Japan.

Eco-education tour at Kanbayashi Plant, Japan

  • Worldwide Contributions to Enrichment of Vegetation and Mitigation of Green House Effect

Epson employees around the world involve in tree planting and cleanup activities along with local community members to avoid global warming and protect biodiversity respectively.

Carbon Trading Model Forest Project (China)

Jinguji 100-Year Forest Project (Japan)

Removing invasive species at Bijiashan Park (China) 

Jurizuka Beach cleanup (Japan)

Highlights

  • Epson engages in protection of marine organisms through its advanced sensor technology in artificial beaches of Japan.
  • The corporate is committed to “Project Homecoming” initiative in Singapore to collect worn out ink and toner cartridges for recycling and reuse.
  • Epson unit in USA was awarded by a local administrative body for its efforts in recycling of warehouse wastes.
  • Epson’ Taiwan unit arranged for a work experience program to local college students to have a profound understanding of principles of environmental sciences in Japan.
  • Throughout the world, Epson employees regularly involve in tree planting and cleanup services with local community members.

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