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Corporate Environmental Strategy and Management

Mid-Term Environmental Action Plan

Mid-Term targets for FY2020

As a global company developing its business in different countries and regions across the world, the Brother Group recognizes its commitment to prevent global warming as a top priority to be addressed. For CO2 emissions, the Brother Group set the mid-term targets for FY2020 (April 1, 2020-March 31, 2021).

Mid-term targets for FY2020

  • (1) Cut total CO2 emissions by 30% from FY1990 levels at eight business sites in Japan by FY2020 (absolute value)
  • (2) Cut CO2 emissions by 20% (per unit of sales) from FY2006 levels at manufacturing facilities outside Japan (except the USA)* by FY2020
  • *: USA (a manufacturing facility outside Japan) constitutes part of a sales facility.

Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2015 (2011-2015)

In the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2015 (2011-2015), we identified important issues and set ambitious targets for each fiscal year under the slogan "Brother Earth " and made steady progress by fulfilling the targets in the fields of "Creating Eco-conscious Products," "Reducing Environmental Impact," "Complying with Laws, Regulations and Social Trends," and "Communicating Environmental Commitment."
Regarding CO2 emissions which contribute to global warming, the action plan provided the mid-term targets concerning reductions to be achieved by FY2020 (April 1, 2020-March 31, 2021) as a milestone . The Brother Group continuously implemented measures to attain one of the highest levels in the industry and fulfilled its targets.

Basic policy of the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2015 (2011-2015)

Basic policy

Environmental targets (2011-2015) and achievements in FY2015

1. Eco-conscious products

1-1. Actively acquiring environmental labels in respective countries and meeting new standards
  • (1) Ensuring that requests are met from sales facilities to acquire Blue Angel, Eco Mark, ENERGY STAR, Nordic Swan, EPEAT, and China's Ten Circle Mark, etc.
  • (2) Complying with new standards (from 2012) of Blue Angel and Eco Mark, and continuously acquiring the labels
1-2. Improving the energy-saving performance of products
  • (1) Complying with various energy-saving standards including ENERGY STAR, Blue Angel, Eco Mark, China's Energy Label, and Japan's Top Runner Target Program Standards, etc. for all applicable products
  • (2) Achieving top-level energy-saving performance in the industry for respective categories
1-3. Complying with emissions  (e.g., TVOCs, UFPs , noise) standards
  • (1) Complying with standards with sufficient margins
  • (2) Also complying with new standards including those of Blue Angel and new German law (UFP)
1-4. Increasing the percentage and volume of recycled materials used
Complying with an ever-broader range of standards for all applicable products
1-5. Increasing reusability and recyclability (both for main units and consumables)
  • (1) Promoting design for reducing man-hours required in the reuse process, and cutting the number of replacement parts and costs, in the consumables reuse business
  • (2) Expanding the scope of parts for which materials derived from a closed recycling system can be used
1-6. Reducing logistics costs and CO2 emissions by promoting optimization of packaging
  • (1) Both optimizing the packaging for reducing logistics costs and reducing CO2 emissions attributed to logistics
  • (2) Promoting the selection of appropriate materials and reduction in size and weight
  • *:   The numbers in "Environmental targets" in the chart below correspond to the numbers in the text above.
Environmental targets* Targets for FY2015 Achievements in FY2015 Self-
evaluation
1-1 (1) Acquiring environmental labels for all applicable products Acquired major environmental labels in respective countries for all applicable products Achieved
(2) No revision made in the standard in this fiscal year Targets and achievements that are not evaluated in a single year Targets and achievements that are not evaluated in a single year
1-2 (1) Complying with energy conservation standards in respective countries for all applicable products All products complied with ENERGY STAR, Blue Angel, China's Energy Label, etc. Achieved
(2) Achieving the top levels of energy-saving performance in the industry Achieved the top levels of energy-saving performance in all categories in the industry Achieved
1-3 (1) Complying with emission standards for all applicable products All products complied with Blue Angel UFP standards Achieved
(2) Complying with Blue Angel's new standards (UFP)
1-4 Complying with EPEAT standards for all applicable products All products complied with EPEAT standards Achieved
1-5 (1) Recycling rate of collected ink cartridges: 50% or more The recycling rate remained at 50% or more Achieved
(2)
1-6 (1) Reducing the size and weight of packaging materials compared with previously released products , thereby reducing CO2 emissions in logistics Reduced the size and weight of packaging materials compared with previously released products, and improved the loading efficiency Achieved
(2)

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2. Reducing environmental impact of business sites

For business sites in Japan and manufacturing facilities outside Japan, compliance with the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2015 (2011-2015) will serve as the basis of activities.

2-1. Reducing CO2 emissions of the entire group
Reducing total CO2 emissions of the entire group (business sites in Japan, and manufacturing and sales facilities outside Japan, except logistics) by 1% per annum (per unit of sales)
2-2. Reducing CO2 emissions of eight business sites in Japan
Reducing CO2 emissions by 1% per annum; reducing total CO2 emissions by 25% from FY1990 levels by FY2015 (absolute value)
2-3. Reducing CO2 emissions of manufacturing facilities outside Japan (excluding the USA)
Reducing CO2 emissions by 1% per annum (per unit of sales)
2-4. Reducing CO2 emissions in logistics
Setting emissions management standards, and reducing CO2 emissions by 1% per annum (per basic unit)
2-5. Reducing water consumption at manufacturing facilities
Reducing water consumption by 5% from FY2010 (April 1, 2010-March 31, 2011) levels by FY2015 (per unit of sales)
2-6. Ensuring global management of environmental conservation activities at manufacturing facilities outside Japan
Building a framework for globally managing (i) compliance with environmental laws and regulations in countries where manufacturing facilities are based and (ii) proper waste treatment, etc.
2-7. Acquiring ISO 14001  certifications
Acquiring ISO 14001 certifications at new manufacturing and sales facilities
  • *:   The numbers in "Environmental targets" in the chart below correspond to the numbers in the text above.
Environmental targets* Targets for FY2015 Achievements in FY2015 Self-
evaluation
2-1 Achieving 1% reduction from FY2014 Increased 2.4% from FY2014 Not achieved
Achieved 18.9% reduction from FY2012, exceeding the targets set in FY2012 (1% reduction per annum from FY2013) Significantly achieved
2-2 Achieving 1% reduction from FY2014 Achieved 3.5% reduction from FY2014 Significantly achieved
Achieved 27.8% reduction from the mid-term targets for FY2020 Significantly achieved
2-3 Achieving 1% reduction from FY2014 Achieved 0.8% reduction from FY2014 Almost achieved
Achieved 32.3% reduction from the mid-term targets for FY2020 Significantly achieved
2-4 Same as above Achieved 6.4% reduction from FY2014 Significantly achieved
2-5 No targets set for a single year (Achieved 23.4% reduction from FY2010) Targets and achievements that are not evaluated in a single year
2-6 Same as above (Monitoring the list of applicable laws and regulations related to production activities and confirmation of compliance for all manufacturing facilities) Targets and achievements that are not evaluated in a single year
2-7 Acquiring certification for three sales facilities outside Japan Five facilities acquired certification: Brother International Korea Co., Ltd., Brother International S.A. (Pty) Ltd., Brother International (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Brother International (Gulf) FZE (Turkey Branch), and Brother Sewing Machines Europe GmbH Significantly achieved

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3. Complying with laws, regulations and social trends

3-1. Globally complying with regulations on chemical substances
  • (1) Ensuring compliance with relevant laws (including REACH , RoHS , and TSCA ) that regulate chemical substances contained in products
  • (2) Developing a strategy for managing chemical substances contained in products, and attaining industry-leading low levels by FY2015
3-2. Globally complying with energy-saving regulations on products
Complying with relevant energy-saving laws and regulations on products (including ErP , Russia's product regulations, South Korea's energy law, China's Energy Label, and Japan's energy saving law ) with top-level energy-saving performance
3-3. Fulfilling manufacturers' broadening scope of responsibilities
  • (1) Increasing the accuracy of data submitted to the authorities to comply with WEEE /Packaging Directive, etc.
  • (2) Globally building a closed recycling system for products
  • (3) Globally expanding the consumables recycling system and aiming to develop the system to involve respective regional sales headquarters
3-4. Disclosing overall environmental information regarding products
  • (1) Globally disclosing information regarding products' environmental impact
  • (2) Disclosing product information in accordance with The Eco Declaration (ECMA370) 
3-5. Using certified paper
Promoting the use of certified paper including FSC  certified paper
3-6. Promoting green procurement 
  • (1) Enhancing the auditing and education of suppliers, increasing eco awareness, and thereby ensuring legal compliance
  • (2) Building a framework for managing places of origin, illegal logging, recycling, etc. of paper used as packaging materials
  • *:   The numbers in "Environmental targets" in the chart below correspond to the numbers in the text above.
Environmental targets* Targets for FY2015 Achievements in FY2015 Self-
evaluation
3-1 (1) Ensuring compliance with regulations regarding chemical substances contained in products Revised the green procurement standards in a timely basis, and maintained compliance Significantly achieved
(2) Establishing in-house targets for determining management levels at respective factories, and promoting activities Achieved the in-house targets for FY2015 Achieved
3-2 Complying with energy conservation regulations for products Quickly identified the revision schedule of laws and regulations, and reflected the revisions in designs Achieved
3-3 (1) Continuing to weigh products when they are shipped from factories and to confirm changes in weight, in an effort to increase the accuracy of data submitted to the authorities Continued to weigh products when they were shipped from factories and to confirm changes in weight, in an effort to increase the accuracy of data submitted to the authorities Achieved
(2) Establishing a global system No results in FY2015 Not achieved
(3) Launching recycling systems at respective sales facilities (RHQs) Operated the recycling systems at RHQs in Europe, South and North America, and Asia/Oceania Achieved
3-4 (1) Disclosing 100% of new product information to sales companies Created and disclosed a list of specifications related to the environmental impact Achieved
(2) Disclosing 100% of information to sales companies in Europe Disclosed environmental characteristics (including legal requirements) of printers, All-in-Ones, label printers, and scanners for Europe and the U.S. Significantly achieved
3-5 No targets set for a single year Continued to use FSC certified paper for catalogues prepared by sales companies in Japan Targets and achievements that are not evaluated in a single year
3-6 (1) Revising the green procurement standards, disseminating information (e.g. sending a notice about additional REACH-SVHCs  in advance), and conducting audits at suppliers to raise awareness of suppliers and group companies about green procurement and ensure legal compliance Revised the green procurement standards twice a year, and shared the information with suppliers via the designated web portal
Audited suppliers on a regular basis based on the plan
Achieved
(2) Conducting investigations to confirm the recycling rates of packaging materials at target factories (five factories)
Complying with EU Timber Regulation and Australia's Illegal Logging Prohibition Act
Continued with investigations to confirm the recycled content of packaging materials with assistance from five factories
Conducted investigations to confirm legality of target packaging materials and products, and confirmed legality
Achieved

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4. Environmental communication

4-1. Promoting Brother Earth in combination with marketing activities
Ensuring eco-consciousness in developing new products and businesses, distributing environmental information via websites (including social media ), and publicizing environmental commitments by promoting the Brother Earth planetarium dome, etc.
4-2. Promoting environmental and social contribution activities focusing on conserving biodiversity 
Globally conducting environmental protection activities for conserving biodiversity with the involvement of employees in respective regions, posting key activities on  Brother's special website on the environment  to be covered by Click for the Earth  donations, and encouraging the participation of stakeholders.
4-3. Promoting prevention of global warming by raising the environmental awareness of employees
Globally promoting the Brother eco point program , measuring the level of environmental contribution by respective facilities, and raising the environmental awareness of employees, thereby consistently achieving CO2 emissions reduction targets on a group basis.
  • *:   The numbers in "Environmental targets" in the chart below correspond to the numbers in the text above.
Environmental targets* Targets for FY2015 Achievements in FY2015 Self-
evaluation
4-1 Actively disseminating information about environmental conservation activities involving employees Promoted the "Ecosystem Restoration Project in the Brother Forests in Gujo" (involving employees) through Brother's special website on the environment, websites of respective facilities, etc., and continuously expanded the scope of information dissemination by utilizing Brother's official SNS accounts (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) Achieved
Actively promoting environmental events and increasing environmental awareness Organized "Brother Earth Eco Festival" and "Brother Green X'mas 2015 - Projection Mapping on Brother Earth -" jointly with the Nagoya City Science Museum
Organized "Mission to the Earth," a participatory event that enabled people to have their selfies projection mapped in the stratosphere with the Earth in the background
Achieved
4-2 Participation in Click for the Earth on brotherearth.com, Brother's special website on the environment In FY2015, participants donated 822,902 points in total. An amount equivalent to the number of points (1 point = 1 yen) was donated to each activity. Achieved
4-3 Number of employees participating in the Brother eco point program (27,893 individuals) Achieved (31,899 individuals)
Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. launched the eco point program
Achieved

The Brother Group will achieve the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2018 (2016-2018)  based on the accomplishments made through the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2015 (2011-2015) in order to further enhance the value of the Brother brand as one that customers can trust and be a company that employees are truly proud to be a part of.