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Seiko Epson: Epson Engineering Shenzhen Achieves RBA Platinum Status for Socially Responsible Manufacturing


Press release

– TOKYO, Japan, November 30, 2021 –

Epson Engineering (Shenzhen) Limited, a Chinese printer, projector, and robot factory of global technology company Epson, has achieved Platinum status in the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Valid Audit Process (VAP) ) for having achieved the best levels of corporate socialization. responsibility.

The RBA is the world’s largest industry coalition dedicated to corporate social responsibility in global supply chains and is committed to supporting the rights and well-being of workers and communities around the world. The coalition recognizes factories and sites around 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 (Shenzhen), which employed nearly 8,500 people in March 2021, has been recognized in the RBA VAP for achieving these standards. The factory is one of Epson’s main manufacturing plants and manufactures a wide range of products, including large format printers, home inkjet printers, SIDM printers, projectors and robots.

The certificate demonstrates that Epson operates its Epson Engineering (Shenzhen) plant to the highest possible CSR standards and is firmly committed to the well-being of all of its employees. This is an important step for Epson, as meeting social and labor standards in ICT public procurement is an important part of all specifications and Epson’s business customers increasingly demand more. strong independent evidence of socially responsible manufacturing.

“We are delighted and honored to have achieved this platinum rating for our Shenzhen plant,” said Tatsuaki Seki, director of sustainability at Epson. “We are totally committed to achieving our ambitious goal of achieving sustainability and enriching communities,” which means operating in a sustainable and socially responsible manner in every place of the world and in every part of our operations. We are determined to maintain and develop the high standards represented by this rating. ”

Yoshiro Nagafusa, Managing Director and President of Epson Europe said: “This certificate is important not only for Epson, but also for our customers who rightly insist that our products are manufactured to the highest standards of socially responsible manufacturing. . The Platinum Standard is the highest standard we can achieve and communicate to the market that an Epson product has been manufactured to meticulous standards, from manufacture and distribution to the use of resources and the welfare of our people. staff. While we are proud of this achievement, we want to assure everyone that we will continue to make improvements in all aspects of what we do. ”

About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to co-creating sustainability and enriching communities by leveraging its efficient, compact and precise digital technologies and technologies to connect people, things and information. The company focuses on solving societal problems through innovations in home and office printing, commercial and industrial printing, manufacturing, visuals and lifestyle. Epson will go carbon negative and eliminate the use of exhaustible underground resources such as oil and metal by 2050.
Led by Japanese company Seiko Epson Corporation, the global Epson group generates annual sales of approximately JPY 1 trillion.
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About the RBA certification
One of the most fundamental RBA programs is the Validated Assessment Program (VAP), which is the leading standard for on-site compliance verification and effective, shareable audits. The RBA itself does not perform audits but rather sets standards and relies on accredited audit firms. The RBA recognizes that the primary value of an on-site compliance audit is not in identifying problems in a factory, but in correcting them. RBA wishes to recognize factories that demonstrate their commitment to corporate responsibility through a verified closure of issues identified during a VAP audit.

RBA offers three levels of recognition:

  • Platinum: for factories with a minimum VAP score of 200 and all priority, major and minor findings closed

  • Gold: for factories with a minimum VAP score of 180 and all priority and major conclusions closed

  • Silver: for factories with a minimum VAP score of 160 and all priority results closed

To meet recognition requirements, all audits must be verified through a VAP close-out assessment. The audits carried out on RBA member sites and on the sites of their suppliers are carried out by independent third-party auditors specially trained in social and environmental auditing and the VAP protocol.

More information on the following link:
https://www.responsiblebusiness.org/vap/about-vap/