Epson publishes European Sustainability Report
Epson has published its ‘Green Choice’ sustainability report, outlining what it calls ‘significant progress in aligning its business activities to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).’
The 48 page non-financial report provides comprehensive details of the sustainability and CSR measures actioned by the company across its entire EMEA operations.
Significant highlights of the report include:
- Epson has achieved an EcoVadis Platinum rating for sustainability, which means that the company meets the highest standards for human rights, labour conditions, environment, ethics and sustainable procurement. This achievement places Epson in the top 1% of companies in its industry.
- Green House Gas emissions per employee reduced by 8.56%.
- Scope 1 and 2 emissions have reduced by 18% (equivalent to 485,753 tonnes of CO2).
- Epson recycled 23,700 tonnes of material including batteries, paper, wood, plastic and waste electrical equipment.
- Epson is now using 100% renewable energy in all its owned buildings.
- Epson has saved a potential 1.1 million tonnes of plastic-based consumables through the sale of over 50 million cartridge-free EcoTank printers.
- Epson engaged with over 11,000 students of all ages as part of its ‘New Horizons’ programme, introducing young people to sustainable technology and inspiring them to achieve their career goals.
- Epson signed up as technology partner to the United Nation’s Smart Sustainable Cities implementation programme, aimed at utilising technology to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cities around the world.
‘Epson’s Green Choice report provides our customers with the assurance that we are taking all available measures to achieve sustainability across our entire European operations,’ explained Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, president of Epson Europe.
‘Sustainability is in our DNA, it runs through everything we do. It is about constantly addressing and improving every aspect of our global footprint, from our manufacturing and distribution to use of resources and behaviours of our people.’
Henning Ohlsson, CSR and sustainability director, Epson Europe, added, ‘Our Green Choice report is about making the right choice for our future. The demand for greener products and services has never been stronger, and this is especially true of the younger generations that are looking ahead with genuine concern and alarm. Their passion for sustainability is forcing companies to make changes and this is a good thing. Brands that don’t share their values or fail to demonstrate their same sense of urgency have no long-term future.’