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August 1, 2017
"With Business Partners - Comments from suppliers" has been renewed.

Selecting the best CSR company and three outstanding CSR companies

In 2015, Brother's three factories producing industrial sewing machines and other products for the Machinery business, including Kariya Factory, Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd., and Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd., launched an awards program to recognize excellent CSR activities with the aim of further promoting CSR activities among their suppliers.

Awards ceremony at Aiden Vietnam Ltd.
Awards ceremony at Aiden Vietnam Ltd.

This awards program involves investigation over two years. In the first year, it conducts a questionnaire survey and an on-site inspection of suppliers on seven categories, such as compliance, environment-friendliness, and safety. In the second year, it invites these suppliers to present their CSR activities, and then recognizes excellent suppliers among them.
This time, the program received entries from more than 30 companies. Among these entries, the most excellent CSR company and three excellent CSR companies were chosen after the evaluation by the representatives of the three Brother factories, from various perspectives, such as environment-friendliness, safety, and continuity.

The awards ceremonies were held in March 2017, at Aiden Vietnam Ltd., the company that won the best CSR award, and at the social event for suppliers held in China for the companies which received CSR excellence awards. Brother also presented testimonials to all suppliers who joined this program.

This CSR awards program helped Brother know its suppliers' stances toward CSR and their activities, receiving many reports on CSR activities addressed by respective suppliers, including the improvement of working environment, the reduction of waste, and the acquisition of the ISO 14001 certificate and efforts made based on it. The factories intend to continue this program, which reportedly contributed to increasing motivation among the employees of some suppliers by giving them recognition.
The three Brother factories will promote expanding and enhancing its suppliers' CSR awareness and their activities through this awards program.

The Brother Group will strive to foster relations of mutual trust with its business partners and grow together in order to speedily deliver superior value to customers.

Comment from the winner of the best CSR award

Aiden Vietnam Ltd. Mr. Masatoshi Ueki

Aiden Vietnam Ltd.
Mr. Masatoshi Ueki

We are truly honored to be able to act in line with the CSR philosophy of the Brother Group. At Aiden Vietnam Ltd., we consider it is essential to contribute to the development of local communities and the international community. We, together with all of our employees, aim to deepen and continue our CSR activities, bearing "the contribution to local communities and society" and "friendly to people including employees and the environment" in mind.

Comments from the winners of CSR excellence awards

Ningbo Beilun Wonip Mechanical Co., Ltd. Mr. Peiguo Chen

Ningbo Beilun Wonip Mechanical Co., Ltd.
Mr. Peiguo Chen

I believe it is the conscience and responsibility of entrepreneurs to remember the origin of their success and to repay kindness when they become wealthy. We can create a peaceful atmosphere by giving love to society. Placing importance on "rewarding employees and contributing to society," Ningbo Beilun Wonip Mechanical Co., Ltd. strengthens its awareness of social contribution and its social responsibility and continues charity activities for the public interest.

Ningbo Xiangrui Machinery Co., Ltd. Mr. Dexing Li

Ningbo Xiangrui Machinery Co., Ltd.
Mr. Dexing Li

We are really proud of having been recognized for our CSR activity at the FY2016 gathering of business partners. We deeply appreciate Brother's long-term guidance and support provided to us. Considering this award-winning experience a good opportunity, we will promote and improve employee welfare, environmental protection, social responsibility, and workforce training.

Shin Tech Engineering, Ltd. Mr. Yueyong Xu

Shin Tech Engineering, Ltd.
Mr. Yueyong Xu

We are delighted to receive the CSR excellence award from Brother. We deeply appreciate it.
Our company focuses on providing a working environment which can support the health and growth of all employees and people in the local community. We will continuously strive to become a people-oriented, clean company that can bring employees happiness, impress customers, and survive.

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April 3, 2017
"With Business Partners - Comments from suppliers" has been renewed.
March 28, 2017
"To be trusted by all stakeholders" have been updated.

Maintaining and promoting employees' health to realize health and productivity management

the 2017 Excellent Health & Productivity Enterprises

In February 2017, Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) was chosen as one of the enterprises in "the 2017 Health & Productivity Stock Selection." BIL was also recognized as one of "the 2017 Excellent Health & Productivity Enterprises" (White 500) under the Health & Productivity Enterprise Certification Program designed by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and operated by Nippon Kenko Kaigi (Japan Health Council) to honor companies that implement outstanding health and productivity management.

The Health & Productivity Enterprise Certification Program honors large corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises which excel at implementing health and productivity management based on initiatives tailored to regional health issues and health promotion activities by Nippon Kenko Kaigi. This program intends to "visualize" outstanding enterprises in terms of health and productivity management and thereby creates an environment where such enterprises can be recognized by society, such as employees, job applicants, affiliated companies, and financial institutions, as "companies that focus on and strategically carry out efforts with regard to their employees' health from a management perspective."
BIL considers it important to manage every employee's health so that they can strive to achieve their goals, and ultimately, contribute to our success. It has been committed to maintaining and improving employees' physical and mental health by providing continuous mental health education and support to stop smoking or to prevent passive smoking.
In September 2016, with the aim of further promoting its health and productivity management , BIL established the Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Philosophy and installed its president as Chief Health Officer to build a stronger health & productivity management promotion structure.

The Brother Group will strategically strive to maintain and promote employees' health to realize health and productivity management.

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Making gift boxes for 15 families with donations from Brother International Corporation De Argentina S.R.L. and its employees

Employees making gift boxes
Employees making gift boxes
Participated employees
Participated employees

Brother International Corporation de Argentina S.R.L. (BIC(Argentina)) has been working with Fundación Caminando Juntos to provide food for families with fewer economic resources since 2015.

Fundación Caminando Juntos is a non-governmental organization that was established with the aim of resolving social problems in Argentina. It is one of the subordinate bodies of America's largest non-profit organization United Way Worldwide, which distributes donations and relief goods from various regions to charity groups.

In December 2016, BIC(Argentina)'s employees made gift boxes which contained food supplies and other items for celebrating Christmas and the New Year.
They this year completed 15 family gift boxes, using donations from the company and employees. These boxes were delivered to a kindergarten in the Buenos Aires province on December 14th.

These gift boxes contained flour, oil, milk, mayonnaise, juice, candles, a Christmas tablecloth, and so forth.

BIC(Argentina), together with its employees, will continue to advance its efforts to make the local community that it belongs to a better place.

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BCN has donated approximately 3,000 books and some Brother products to elementary schools in Shanghai and near Beijing.

Under its motto "born in China and grow with China," Brother (China) Ltd. (BCN), one of Brother's sales facilities in China, donates books to elementary schools which have the children of migrant farmworkers with relatively few educational resources in Shanghai, and elementary schools where farmers' children go in farming villages near Beijing.

This activity has been conducted four times since 2011 with the aim of supporting children's growth and enhancing employees' awareness of social contribution. BCN has given about 3,000 books, which were contributed from the company and employees, to elementary schools. In 2015, BCN also started donating Brother products to help improve office environments for school staff.

On October 13th, 2016, a presentation ceremony was held at an elementary school in Shanghai, and 13 representatives from BCN handed over books to children and also donated a printer and a labeling system. They received a certificate of appreciation and a testimonial flag from the school principal.
The donated 750 books included 248 books from BCN's employees. BCN every year calls on its employees to donate books through its intranet website and morning meetings over six months from April.

BCN's employees handing over books to children

BCN's employees handing over books to children

The testimonial flag offered by the school

The testimonial flag offered by the school

One of the participated employees said: "I was impressed by the strength of these children, who study diligently in a severe environment. I hope our donated books help the children's further development. Also, I felt very proud to be involved in such a meaningful activity as a member of the Brother Group."

BCN will continue to promote activities to always contribute to local communities.

Brother (China) Ltd. Ke Xiaoling

A comment from an employee responsible for the activity

Let's deliver love through the donation of books.

Brother (China) Ltd.
Ke Xiaoling

In 2011, when this activity started, the employees of Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. also joined it along with BCN's employees. This activity marked its fourth year in 2016, and I sincerely appreciate the chairman and employees who have continued to take active roles in this activity.
I would like to donate books and Brother products not only to elementary schools in Shanghai and around Beijing but also elementary schools in inland China, which are more in need of support.

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January 19, 2017
"With Shareholders- Evaluation by an External Entity" has been renewed.

Establishing a structure where employees can learn continuously

In the Asia-Pacific (AP) region, where relatively many young Brother sales facilities are located, Brother has been making efforts to maximize the group's power by increasing the opportunity for its employees to become aware of the history and culture of the Brother Group as well as the horizontal ties among the Brother facilities.
Brother International Corporation (BIC(J)), which is a regional headquarters in the AP region, has been taking the initiative in implementing the Global Leadership Program (GLP) since 2014 to develop human resources beyond the borders of counties and regions in the AP region.
The GLP is composed of a group training session and a pre-assignment thereof, and a project which each facility individually conducts several months after the group training. With these program components, the GLP aims to establish a structure where employees can continue to learn and accumulate experience.

Participants learning about the technologies and products of the Brother Group
Participants learning about the technologies and products of the Brother Group
Participants having a discussion beyond the boundaries of countries and regions
Participants having a discussion beyond the boundaries of countries and regions

In October 2016, a three-day group training session was held in Japan with the participation of 18 employees from seven facilities (Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, India, U.A.E., Turkey). The participated employees, including many who visited the headquarters in Japan for the first time, learned about the history and DNA of the Brother Group, and products created with changes in the group's technologies. They also thought about the ideal status of an organization and actions to be taken to address a new challenge or exercise leadership.
The participants, beyond the borders of countries and regions, had discussions, made presentations about the future vision of the AP sales facilities and proposals for its realization to the BIC(J) management, and also formulated and declared their own action plans. Through this three-day period, the participants enhanced their sense of unity as the members of the Brother Group.
The after-training project individually conducted by each facility develops activities for enhancing Brother's organizational power beyond its departmental boundaries, involving a workshop for acquiring expertise in financial and other fields, and product training for employees in administrative departments.

The GLP received favorable comments from the participants. Some of them said that the GLP served as an opportunity for them to interact with members in other countries and regions and to realize the ties among the global Brother Group. They also said that the pre-assignment and the after-training project helped strengthen the teamwork between superiors and subordinates and among colleagues.

The Brother Group will hand down its DNA and develop the next generation of human resources for its long, successful future.

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Brother Industries, Ltd. was selected as a member of the SNAM Sustainability Index for the fourth consecutive year

Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) was selected as a constituent of "the SNAM Sustainability Index," a unique index of Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Asset Management Co., Ltd. (SNAM). BIL has been selected to join this index for four straight years since 2012.

Member of SNAM Sustainability Index 2016

"The SNAM Sustainability Index," established in August 2012, selects its constituents by evaluating corporates' ESG (environment, society and governance) based on the environmental assessment provided by Sompo Risk Management & Health Care Inc. and the social and governance assessments by Integrex Inc.
This index is used to manage socially responsible investment (SRI) funds which aim to invest in equities of companies with high ESG scores, such as pension funds and funds for institutional investors.

We consider that BIL's ESG initiatives have continued to earn high recognition by SNAM, and which has led to BIL's fourth consecutive inclusion in this sustainability index since its establishment.

The Brother Group remains committed to gaining further trust from all stakeholders and achieving business growth by promoting global CSR management from a mid- to long-term perspective.

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More than 2,000 students participate in "Brother Clonliffe Schools XC"

Students who just started running
Students who just started running

Brother Ireland DAC (Brother Ireland), one of the sales facilities in the Brother Group, hopes young people will grow in a healthy way and has been supporting the cross-country race event hosted by Ireland's premier athletics club Clonliffe Harriers A.C. since 2009.
This race, named "Brother Clonliffe Schools XC," this year had the participation of more than 2,000 students from primary schools and secondary schools all over the province of Leinster, where Brother Ireland is located, and beyond. The students enjoyed cross-country races in several race groups, such as races for primary school girls or boys, and individual or team races for secondary school students.

Presentation ceremony
Presentation ceremony

On the event day, Brother Ireland's employees assisted in the venue management and also gave medals to winners in the presentation ceremony. One of the participated employees expressed his delight in seeing year-by-year increases in students' participation, saying: "The event is now part of the athletics school calendar and is widely anticipated by both students and teachers. This exemplifies Brother's 'At your side.' ethos best as being part of and close to the heart of this young thriving community of athletes."

Brother Ireland will continue to promote activities to always contribute to local communities.

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Brother International (Gulf) FZE (Turkey Branch) donates sewing machines to help students learn sewing skills

BICG-TR's employees visited the center and donated sewing machines
BICG-TR's employees visited the center and donated sewing machines

Brother International (Gulf) FZE (Turkey Branch) (BICG-TR), one of the sales facilities in the Brother Group, donated printers in 2014 and five sewing machines in 2016 to a vocational education center for disabled students (center) in order to support this center.

This center, located in Küçükçekmece district, a suburb of Istanbul, Turkey, is a school established with governmental support. Students there learn the knowledge and skills required to work in society through practical lessons, such as a hairdressing class, a cooking class, a food service class, and a handicraft workshop.
BICG-TR donated sewing machines at the request of the center, considering that acquiring sewing machine skills would help students go into the workforce.
Some BICG-TR employees visited the center and participated in lessons. They saw students, who did not even know how to write and read, beaming with excitement during the lessons and felt that BICG-TR's support to this center was really meaningful.

Students dancing in the recital
Students dancing in the recital

A student recital was held on May 11th, 2016, during the week of persons with disabilities in Küçükçekmece district. BICG-TR's employees were invited to attend this recital, along with other guests including the district governor, the mayor, school officials, teachers, and parents of students. Students performed dances, plays and songs, and the pictures they had drawn were displayed in the venue.

After the recital, Mike Hasegawa who is country director of BICG-TR delivered a speech that BICG-TR would provide as much support as possible to the center based on the Brother Group's "At your side." motto and also hoped the center's activities would bring happiness to young people.

BICG-TR will continue to promote activities to always contribute to local communities.

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December 1, 2016
"With Business Partners - Comments from suppliers" has been renewed.
November 16, 2016
"CSR Data" has been published in Brother Group's CSR.
November 2, 2016
"FY2016 Brother Group CSR Report (website data)" was posted on the CSR Report PDF download site.

Promoting employee health management by establishing "Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Philosophy"

The Brother Group aims to create superior value through manufacturing and deliver products and services to customers around the world. With this purpose in mind, all employees in the group are every day playing active roles on a global stage.
As stipulated in the Brother Group Global Charter , which defines Basic Policies and Codes of Practice as the basis of such activities, we place importance on every employee's health management so that they can strive to achieve their goals, and ultimately, contribute to our success.

In September 2016, Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) established the Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Philosophy (Health & Productivity Management Philosophy).
Under the newly established Chief Health Officer (CHO), we will strategically undertake various activities based on the Health & Productivity Management Philosophy.

Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Philosophy

The Brother Group considers the physical and mental health of every employee as an important "asset," and thinks demonstrating various capabilities "positively, pleasantly and powerfully" leads to the Group's growth.
Every employee's health is the basis of the Brother Group's continued development and responds to the needs of society, such as extension of healthy life expectancy. To realize health and productivity management, the Company, labor union, and health insurance association collaborate and strategically strive to maintain and promote employees' health.

Brother Industries, Ltd.
Representative Director and President
Chief Health Officer
Toshikazu Koike

Health & Productivity Management Promotion Structure

The Brother Group will conduct employee health maintenance and promotion activities in a more effective and efficient way by constructing the Health & Productivity Management Promotion Structure and implementing the PDCA cycle. We will first start these activities in BIL and the Brother Group companies in Japan and then sequentially expand them to the Brother Group companies outside Japan.

Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Promotion Structure

Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Promotion Structure

Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Promotion Council

The safety and health managers in BIL and the Brother Group companies in Japan hold an annual meeting to identify issues about employee health and decide on an action policy for the next fiscal year.

Health Support Meeting

The Health Support Meeting decides specific activities, discusses implementation methods, and evaluates the results based on the policy set by the Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Promotion Council. The Health Management Center in Human Resource Department of BIL, the Health Promotion Center of Brother Health Insurance Society, and Brother Memorial Hospital work together to advance health maintenance and promotion activities, such as collaborative events with the Brother Industries Labor Union.

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September 29, 2016
"Brother's CSR" and "Environmental Activities" have been updated.
August 1, 2016
"With Business Partners - Comments from suppliers" has been updated.