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.
FY2020 Environmental Education (Japan)
|Basic Environmental TrainingⅡ(2020 Edition)||18,626|
|ISO14001 environmental auditor training||114(1,131)|
*1 This is the number of persons who took Basic Environmental Training II during the period it was offered (June 2020 to March 2021). ISO 14001 figures show the number of certified person as of the end of March 2021.
Development of local and social environmental human resources
Assistance for Glocal Human Resource Development
Nagano Senior High School, in Nagano Prefecture, has been designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to participate in a glocalization project to promote innovation in high school education in collaboration with local communities. The aim is to develop human resources who can recommend solutions to local issues from a global perspective.
In November 2021, first-year students who are doing research into local sources of renewable energy and into the question of what companies and individuals can do to address global environmental problems visited Seiko Epson as part of their fieldwork. Epson shared knowledge that we have accumulated in these areas through our own activities, provided real-life examples, and talked about the concept of co-creation and the adoption of locally generated renewable electricity for realizing our environmental vision.
Students were also shown products such as Epson’s PaperLab, which is a dry-process office papermaking system, and large format printers that are capable of printing on paper and a variety of other materials. In this way, the students learned more about the resource-related issues that Epson sees as important and about our products and services that help to reduce environmental impacts.
Nagano Senior High School: Nagano Glocal Project (Japanese)
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.
Environmental Education for middle school Students (China)
In October 2019, Tianjin Epson Co., Ltd. collaborated with the Tianjin Society for the Promotion of Ecological Ethics and Tianjin Nankai Ecology and Environment Bureau to educate 360 first-year middle school students about everyday garbage separation and recycling.
Our employees introduced them to the PaperLab A-8000, a dry process office papermaking system that recycles used paper into new paper. We also shared the know-how on garbage separation and recycling that Epson has accumulated over many years with the students to raise awareness about environmental preservation.