Epson has earned its third EcoVadis platinum rating – in a row – for sustainability. EcoVadis is a leading provider of business sustainability ratings and seeks to recognise companies’ global efforts to uphold, “The highest standards on the environment, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement.”
The platinum rating means Epson ranks in the top one per cent of companies in its industry, particularly excelling in the fields of the environment as well as sustainable procurement. The independent evaluation methodology is based on a framework of 21 sustainability criteria mapped to global standards and guided by the international scientific community.
The EcoVadis ratings organisation covers 200 industry categories, 175 countries and regions and over 90,000 companies of all sizes worldwide.
This platinum certification follows Epson’s, “Ongoing implementation of measurable initiatives to help identify and resolve societal and environmental issues. Epson made strides towards this goal by switching to 100% renewable electricity last year at all major sites in Japan, becoming the first manufacturer to do so, and is now working to do the same at all group sites globally by 2023” according to the release.
The release continues, “As a leading technology company, Epson is committed to helping customers reduce their environmental impact, leading the way by engineering innovative solutions. These include heat-free technology, energy efficient printing technologies and [the always impressive] PaperLab, which turns wastepaper into new paper in a virtually water-free process. All of this helps to achieve circular, sustainable and net-zero operations.”
Epson, Global President, Yasunori Ogawa, said, “Our company is focused on achieving sustainability through our products, technologies and operations. This third consecutive platinum accreditation is the result of a lot of hard work and highlights the steadfast commitment and actions by the entire Epson team as we seek to achieve a sustainable future.
“The rating shows that in addition to being a leader in our industry for product excellence and innovation, we’re also at the forefront when it comes to making our industry more sustainable.
“In line with our Environmental Vision of becoming carbon negative by 2050, we will continue to challenge ourselves to perform to the highest standards for sustainable practices, both as an organisation and a member of the wider global community.”
Henning Ohlsson, Epson’s Director of Sustainability (EMEAR), said, “As a business, we acknowledge that we have a responsibility to make a positive contribution towards society. Being recognised with the platinum accreditation for our performance by EcoVadis for a third year running is an achievement of which we are very proud and a testament to our continued actions.
“We understand that sustainability is increasingly important to all our customers and this latest accreditation reaffirms our commitment to leading the way in improving our society, through better products and business practices.”
Epson says it’s committed to becoming carbon negative and underground-resource free by 2050 and that it has made a number of measurable commitments related to sustainability and community impact. It also, ‘Publishes details about its environmental initiatives, the creation of social value, corporate governance, and other CSR activities in its Sustainability Report.’
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