Epson Indonesia achieves RBA platinum status

Recognized for socially responsible manufacturing

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Indonesia Epson is a printer factory of global technology firm Epson. Photo Epson

PT Indonesia Epson, a printer factory of global technology firm Epson, has achieved platinum status in the validated assessment program (VAP) of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) for reaching industry-leading levels of corporate social 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 worldwide. The coalition recognizes 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.

Indonesia Epson, which employed more than 13,000 people as of April 2022, was first recognized in the RBA VAP in 2020 and once again received platinum status. The factory produces a range of business and consumer inkjet printers, including its range of high-capacity ink tank inkjet printers, offering high environmental performance and sold as EcoTank printers in many markets.

The recognition demonstrates that Indonesia Epson and its suppliers operate to the highest possible CSR standards and are firmly committed to the well-being of their employees. It represents a significant milestone for Epson as compliance with labor and social standards in public ICT procurement is an important part of all tender specifications and Epson’s business customers are increasingly demanding strong independent evidence of socially responsible manufacturing.

“We are delighted and honored to achieve this platinum rating again for our Indonesian factory,” said Tatsuaki Seki, Chief Sustainability officer, Epson. “In our recently defined corporate purpose, we have committed ourselves to enriching lives and creating a better world. This 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.”

Yoshiro Nagafusa, executive officer and president of Epson Europe said: “This recognition is important not only for Epson but for our customers who rightly insist our products are made to the highest standards of socially responsible manufacturing. The platinum standard is the very highest level we can achieve and communicates to the market that an Epson product has been made to meticulous standards, from manufacturing and distribution to the use of resources and the well-being of our people. Although we are proud of this achievement, we want to assure everyone that we will continue to drive improvements in every aspect of what we do.”

About RBA Recognition

One of the most fundamental RBA programs is the VA, which is the leading standard for onsite compliance verification and effective, shareable audits.

RBA offers three levels of recognition:

  1. Platinum: for factories with a minimum VAP score of 200 and all priority, major and minor findings closed
  2. Gold: for factories with a minimum VAP score of 180 and all priority and major findings closed
  3. Silver: for factories with a minimum VAP score of 160 and all priority findings closed

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Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

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