Epson Responsible Business AllianceSeiko Epson Corporation is pleased to announce that it has joined Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a global coalition dedicated to CSR in global supply chains.

RBA is a nonprofit comprised of electronics companies committed to supporting the rights and wellbeing of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global supply chain. As a Regular Member, Epson commits to fully supporting the vision and goals of the RBA.

Vision

A global electronics industry that creates sustainable value for workers, the environment and business.

Mission

Members, suppliers and stakeholders collaborate to improve working and environmental conditions through leading standards and practices.

Epson will comply to the RBA Code of Conduct in its own operations, progressively implementing the RBA approach and tools in the spirit of the industry’s common goals.
Epson also commits to progressively apply the RBA Code of Conduct to its first tier suppliers, to monitor its application to the best of its ability using RBA practices and tools, and to encourage and support its suppliers to do the same.

According to its Management Philosophy, Epson seeks to become indispensable to its customers and society. The company believes that CSR is an essential component of this. In 2005, Epson established its Group Procurement Guidelines to inform its suppliers about its procurement activities and to enlist suppliers’ cooperation in its CSR initiatives.

Then, in April 2008, Epson established the Epson Supplier Code of Conduct, which is based on the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) (now the Responsible Business Alliance, or RBA) Code of Conduct. The Epson Group Procurement Guidelines reflect international imperatives.

Going forward, Epson will further observe the RBA Code of Conduct and work with its suppliers to strengthen CSR supply chain initiatives.

Daniel Quelch, CSR manager at Epson UK says: “RBA is a fantastic organisation that continues to unite our industry and drive members to pull its collective weight for a sustainable future. It is this sense of collective responsibility that’s needed to help counter the increasingly transparent issues around the environment and business sustainability that we’re leaving behind for future generations. Sustainability is a core component of Epson’s DNA and we’re looking forward to using this to support the likeminded vision and goals of the RBA.”