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Corporate Environmental Strategy and Management

Mid-term Environmental Action Plan (Targets and Achievements)

Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2018 (2016-2018)

The Brother Group aims to improve the value of the Brother brand which is trusted by customers and to build a strong sense of pride among employees of the group. To this end, the Brother Group will continuously strengthen the foundation established through the previous Environmental Action Plan and implement and fulfill the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2018 (2016-2018).

Basic policy

  1. Create eco-conscious products
  2. Cut CO2 emissions from the group as a three-year target toward achieving the mid-term targets by FY2020 (April 1, 2020-March 31, 2021)
  3. Maintain regulatory compliance for all product categories
  4. Support activities for continuous improvement under our philosophy of "Brother Earth"
  5. Support biodiversity conservation in total Brother group under the COP10 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Mid-term targets by FY2020 to reduce the CO2 emissions

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. In June 2009, CO2 reduction targets to be achieved by FY2020 were added to the Brother Group Mid-term Environmental Action Plan, and active efforts have been made to achieve those targets.

Mid-term targets by FY2020

(1) Cut total CO2 emissions by 30% from FY1990 levels at eight business sites*1 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)*2 by FY2020

  • *1: The eight business sites in Japan are the head office of Brother Industries, Ltd., Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility, Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, and Logistics Center.
  • *2: USA (a manufacturing facility outside Japan) constitutes part of a sales facility. Thus, the CO2 emissions are included in the results of the sales facility.

Environmental targets based on the basic policy (2016-2018) and achievements in FY2016

1. Creation of eco-conscious products

  • 1-1 Continue research and development of products that achieve the best environmental performance in each applicable market
  • 1-2 Reduce the carbon footprint of products
  • 1-3 Promote the use of recycled materials in products
  • *:   The numbers in "Environmental targets" in the chart below correspond to the numbers in the text above.
Environmental targets* Achievements in FY2016 Self-evaluation
1-1 All new models of products in the communication and printing equipment field released in FY2016 complied with the Blue Angel requirements of Germany (which are considered to be the most rigorous in the world)
Started registration for EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool in the U.S.)
Achieved
1-2 All models of products in the communication and printing equipment field released in FY2016 complied with the International ENERGY STAR Program to encourage energy-efficient products
Disclosed information in accordance with the EcoLeaf standards in Japan to visualize the overall environmental impact of products
Achieved
1-3 Expanded the use of post-consumer material , and designed three models in FY2016 in the communication and printing equipment field to use more post-consumer material than those of the previous generation Achieved

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2. Reduction of environmental impacts of business sites

  • 2-1 Reduce CO2 emissions of Scopes 1 and 2  of the entire Brother Group by 3% from FY2015 levels by FY2018 (per unit of sales)
  • 2-2 Calculate CO2 emissions of Scope 3  of the entire Brother Group (in addition to Scopes 1 and 2), identifying effective measures to reduce CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain, and continuously working on reduction
  • 2-3 Reduce CO2 emissions of business sites in Japan by 28% from FY1990 levels by FY2018 (absolute value)
  • 2-4 Reduce water consumption of manufacturing facilities by 30% from FY2010 levels by FY2018 (per unit of sales)
  • 2-5 Manage continuous improvement through monitoring and administration of the environmental management system with focus on the utilization of clean energy to achieve CO2 emissions reduction targets
  • 2-6 Continue to maintain (and obtain for new locations) the ISO 14001 certification for each Brother Group location
  • *:   The numbers in "Environmental targets" in the chart below correspond to the numbers in the text above.
Environmental targets* Achievements in FY2016 Self-evaluation
2-1 Achieved 7.4% reduction from FY2015 Significantly achieved
2-2 Expanded the scope of aggregation in FY2015 and calculated Scope 3 of the Brother Group Achieved
2-3 Achieved 28.4% reduction from FY1990 Achieved
2-4 Achieved 16.7% reduction from FY2010 (Increased 8.0% from FY2015) Not achieved
2-5 Introduced an additional integrated monitoring system for the building air-conditioning equipment at the Mizuho Manufacturing Facility (seven in total)
Installed an additional electricity monitoring system in the power receiving and transforming room at the Momozono Manufacturing Facility (six manufacturing facilities and business sites in total)
Achieved
2-6 Brother Commercial (Thailand) Ltd. acquired certification (a sales facility) Achieved

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3. Regulatory compliance for all product categories

  • 3-1 Maintain regulatory compliance
  • 3-2 Contribute to society/community through participation and contribution to environmental CSR activities
  • 3-3 Develop and implement a green procurement  program for the Brother Group manufacturing locations
  • 3-4 Encourage the reduction of our environmental impact in the upstream processes by working with our suppliers
  • *:   The numbers in "Environmental targets" in the chart below correspond to the numbers in the text above.
Environmental targets* Achievements in FY2016 Self-evaluation
3-1 Ensured compliance with regulations regarding chemical substances contained in products, WEEE/directive on packaging materials, and energy-saving regulations on products Achieved
3-2 Actively participated in and contributed to public relations activities regarding environmental laws, regulations and standards Achieved
3-3、3-4 Defined measures to cope with phthalate esters (which will be banned under the EU RoHS Directive in July 2019) and reflected them in the Green Procurement Standards
Established measurement methods of phthalate esters, and formulated a plan to introduce measuring instruments at respective manufacturing facilities
Significantly achieved

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4. Communication and marketing of the Brother Group environmental activities

  • 4-1 Strengthen and expand the reach of our environmental website (brotherearth.com) to all stakeholders
  • 4-2 Strengthen reporting of our Environmental Activities under our brother.com website
  • 4-3 Promote effective environmental in-house branding activities
  • 4-4 Promote awareness of the logo and slogan "Brother Earth"
  • *:   The numbers in "Environmental targets" in the chart below correspond to the numbers in the text above.
Environmental targets* Achievements in FY2016 Self-evaluation
4-1 Posted two videos on the website: " High Tatras mountains: the reforestation project in Slovakia ," by Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o. in collaboration with a local NPO, and " Toner Cartridges Recycle ," which introduces the toner cartridges recycle program in Europe
Also posted "THE ZOO OF EXTINCT ANIMALS x Brother Earth" content, which introduces the "ZOO OF EXTINCT ANIMALS" project promoted by Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
Added reforestation activity in Slovakia to  Click for the Earth , and attracted more than 800,000 clicks (one yen donated by Brother for each click)
Achieved
4-2 Endeavored to improve the quality of information disclosure, and won the Good Performance Prize in the Environmental Report Section of the 20th Environmental Communication Awards  Significantly achieved
4-3 Continued to promote the Brother eco point program  within the Brother Group
Continuously implemented measures to improve the environmental awareness of employees through the internal commendation program and information dissemination via the intranet
Achieved
4-4 Continuously publicized environmental messages through environmental events (e.g., exhibitions and environmental learning programs) and websites (e.g., social media ) Achieved

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5. Support for biodiversity conservation

  • 5-1 Select priority themes by taking into account the characteristics of respective facilities and their regions and work on activities to contribute to biodiversity conservation based on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (by 2020) adopted at COP10  (high-priority targets) across the Brother Group
  • *:   The numbers in "Environmental targets" in the chart below correspond to the numbers in the text above.
Environmental targets* Achievements in FY2016 Self-evaluation
5-1 Continuously promoted efforts to attain eight of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (Target 1: Awareness increased, Target 4: Sustainable consumption and production, Target 5: Habitat loss halved or reduced, Target 8: Pollution reduced, Target 9: Invasive alien species prevented and controlled, Target 11: Protected areas increased and improved, Target 14: Ecosystems and essential services safeguarded, Target 19: Knowledge improved, shared and applied) which are closely related to the electrical and electronic industries and are expected to make significant contributions through our commitment Achieved