Global Brother Brother's CSR With Employees Ensuring Diversity of Human Assets

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Ensuring Diversity of Human Assets

Basic Policy on Employment and Benefits

Building systems and environments in which our diversity of human resources can demonstrate their abilities

The Brother Group delivers products and services to customers all over the world with manufacturing facilities and sales facilities in 40 or more countries and regions of the world and all employees are active as the "Brother" global team on a global stage where environments differ by ethnicity, language, culture, customs and a whole lot more.

The foundation for achieving this is laid out in the Brother Group Global Charter  (the Global Charter) as our mission to "respect diversity, and provide a working environment that enables our associates to utilize their talents and abilities to the fullest. The Brother Group gives them great opportunity through challenging work assignments, and provides them with fair, attractive financial rewards." Our Codes of Practice in the Global Charter then sets forth, "We must always honor individuals and diversity, and act with trust and respect." According to this policy, at any of our Brother group companies, we are setting out to eliminate discrimination of any nature in hiring, evaluations and promotions, whether by race, nationality, religion, beliefs, gender, scholastic achievements, age, the existence of handicaps or not, or anything else, and the use of child or forced labor are strictly prohibited.

Both management and employees in the Brother Group are expected to continue to observe rules and regulations, respect other cultures and customs, and continually strive for improvement in the workplace environment by evolving the personnel system in line with the Global Charter.

Introducing a target management rating system for fair evaluations and treatment

The Brother Group has a system that fairly and impartially evaluates employees by their motivation, skills and results, and reflects those findings in how employees are treated. For example, for employees, a highly convincing rating system is used based on target management against clear evaluation standards. The results of evaluations are disclosed individually to the evaluated employees and then discussed with them in feedback meetings for mutual understanding. This approach is a form of human resource development as it invites the employees to reflect on their work and enhances their motivation to grow toward new targets. The annual salary system is used for managers.

Ensuring a Diversified Human Assets

Promote the appointment of female employees in managerial positions

The number of female managers increased in FY 2015 (as of March 31, 2015) at Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.), although the actual percentage of female managers accounted for the entire managers still varies in each country and region because of the differences in historical, social and cultural backgrounds and job titles.

Number and Percentage of Female Managers in the Brother Group
Company (Country) March 2015 March 2016
Number Percentage Number Percentage
Brother Industries, Ltd. [Japan] 24 2.9% 27 3.4%
Brother Sales, Ltd. [Japan] 2 2.5% 2 2.4%
Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. [China] 23 29.5% 25 31.3%
Brother Industries (Shenzhen) Ltd. [China] 13 32.5% 16 36.4%
Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd. [China] 14 58.3% 15 57.7%
Brother Sewing Machine Xian Co., Ltd. [China] 3 12.5% 2 8.3%
Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd. [Malaysia] 9 29.0% 9 30.0%
Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) [U.S.A.] 78 39.0% 87 39.0%
Brother International Europe Ltd. [U.K.] 7 15.9% 7 15.6%
Brother U.K. Ltd. [U.K.] 12 34.3% 14 37.8%
Brother (China) Ltd. [China] 9 28.1% 9 28.1%
Brother International G.m.b.H. [Germany] 1 9.1% 5 16.1%
Brother France S.A.S. [France] 14 41.7% 14 41.7%
Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd. [Vietnam] 29 32.2% 34 36.6%

Percentage of female managers (Brother Industries, Ltd.)

Percentage of female managers (Brother Industries, Ltd.)

Promoting employment and support for persons with disabilities

In Japan, the law stipulates that businesses of a certain size and larger must fill a minimum of 2.0% of the total workforce with disabled persons. The Brother Group is hiring persons with physical disabilities, and those employees are engaged actively in positions assigned in accordance with their qualifications and performances. Even after the rise of the legal requirement for employment of disabled persons in April 2013, the employment rate by Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) has continued meeting the required rate, with 2.11% in FY 2015.

Employment rate of disabled persons (Brother Industries, Ltd.)

Employment rate of disabled persons (Brother Industries, Ltd.)

BIL has been working on a policy to build a workplace environment where employees, whether handicapped or not, can work cooperatively with mutual understanding and take full advantage of their capabilities, based on "Trust and Respect" in the Codes of Practice of the Brother Group Global Charter. From FY 2012, in order to share information about the employment and working situation of persons with disabilities, meetings are held among staffs in charge of each Brother Group company in Japan, and this facilitates consensus-building on promoting to employing handicapped individuals.
The amendment of the Handicapped Person's Employment Promotion Act was enforced in April 2016. In response to it, BIL has been actively implementing e-learning to understand the outline and concept of the law as well as workshops supported by the employees certified as job coaches by BIL Human Resource Dept. to stimulate concrete actions.