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Is Epson an Ethical Printers, Scanners, and All-In-Ones brand?

Within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Printers, Scanners & All In Ones sector, Epson is a below-benchmark brand due to its Ethical Score, which just misses our Ethical Benchmark.

With a few improvements, Epson would see its ranking move up the tables, and could even be eligible for Ethical Accreditation. Once the brand has reached our Ethical Benchmark, all it would need to do is apply and The Good Shopping Guide would provide it with some tips on how to improve even further before awarding it with our logo.

To find out how other brands within the Ethical Printers, Scanners & All In Ones sector compare against Epson, have a look at the Printers, Scanners & All In Ones Ethical Ratings Table. Our Ratings Table can help you to find out more about the criteria that a brand has to fulfill to meet our minimum Ethical Benchmark.

The Good Shopping Guide encourages all brands, including Epson, to follow the example set by our top-rated brands and introduce more sustainable policies before applying for Ethical Accreditation.

What does Epson receive a top rating for?

Epson receives a top rating for our Environmental Report category.

Epson has a recent Sustainability Report which contains targets on renewable energy and carbon emissions. Epson has a detailed carbon reduction plan and targets for gradual reductions.

What does Epson receive a bottom rating for?

Unfortunately, Epson receives a bottom rating for The Good Shopping Guide’s Fossil Fuels category. Epson Plating Division is a subsidiary of Seiko Group, Epson’s parent company. It makes various parts of the oil and gas industry, including silver and selective silver plating which is used for brushing, washers, and cutter bores.

What can Epson do to improve its Ethical Score? 

Epson’s score within The Good Shopping Guide is the result of a calculation of multiple ethical criteria.

If Epson were to make some improvements to its Fossil Fuel involvement, it could improve its benchmark score in the Ethical Printers, Scanners & All In Ones sector. Once this Ethical Score has been improved, all Epson needs to do to receive our ethical certification is apply for Ethical Accreditation.

By applying, we would provide Epson with some tips on how to work on its bottom score for Fossil Fuels.

Do you think that your Printers, Scanners & All In Ones brand benefit from Ethical Accreditation? The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables can show you which other brands within the Ethical Printers, Scanners & All In Ones sector have achieved our ethics and sustainability certification. If you would like some more information on Ethical Accreditation, contact us or fill out a rapid initial ethical assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Nuclear Power


  • Eco Labels


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Code of Conduct


  • Political Donations


  • Human Rights


  • Conflict Minerals



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Other Criticisms


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