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Epson awarded for socially responsible manufacturing

Epson Engineering, Epson’s large format printer and robot factory, has achieved platinum status from the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) for reaching “industry-leading levels of corporate social responsibility.” 

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    The Epson Engineering plant in Shenzhen, China

The RBA is the world's largest industry coalition dedicated to corporate social responsibility in global supply chains, committed to supporting the rights and wellbeing of workers and communities worldwide. The coalition recognises factories and sites across the world that achieve the highest standards of corporate social responsibility in their production processes, and focuses on fair working conditions, human rights and sustainability.  

Epson Engineering, which employed almost 8,500 people as of March 2021, is one of Epson’s main manufacturing plants and produces a wide range of products including large format printers, home inkjet printers, SIDM printers, projectors and robots.

“We are delighted and honoured to achieve this platinum rating for our plant,” said Tatsuaki Seki, chief sustainability officer, Epson. “We are totally committed to achieving our aspirational goal of ‘achieving sustainability and enriching communities,’ which means operating in a sustainable and socially responsible way in every location worldwide and in every part of our operations. We are determined to maintain and build upon the high standards represented by this rating.”  

The RBA recognises that the primary value of an onsite compliance audit is not in the identification of issues at a factory, but in the correction of those issues. RBA recognises factories that demonstrate their commitment to corporate responsibility through verified closure of the issues identified in a VAP audit.

To meet the requirements for recognition, all audits must be verified through a VAP Closure Assessment.  Audits carried out on RBA member facilities and their suppliers' facilities are completed by independent third-party auditors trained in social and environmental auditing and the VAP protocol.

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