EcoVadis has awarded Epson platinum status for its corporate social responsibility initiatives. The independent assessor introduced platinum status earlier this year in order to recognise the top 1% of companies in their respective industries.

The EcoVadis assessment focuses on four themes: the environment, labor and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement. Epson, which received a gold rating in each of the previous three years, received the highest possible rating in the first category, as well as high scores in the next three.

Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, president of Epson Europe, commented, ‘The EcoVadis platinum certification provides our customers with the assurance that Epson is taking all available measures to achieve sustainability across its operations. Sustainability is in our DNA, it runs through everything we do. Platinum status means our customers can rest assured that every aspect of our business is independently checked and certified and that we are wholly committed to delivering the highest sustainability standards.’

EcoVadis provides an independent common platform for evaluating and rating more than 65,000 groups and companies across 200 industries in 160 countries using CSR assessment criteria that are based on the sustainability standards of thousands of external sources such as NGOs, labor unions, international organisations, local governments, and auditing organisations.