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Corporate Environmental Strategy and Management

Timeline for Environmental Milestone Achievement

Year Month Main Environmental activities
1991 September
  • Company-wide environmental organization is established for each product division.
1993 May
  • Brother's First Environmental Action Plan (Voluntary Plan) is formulated.
  • Use of CFC 113 and trichloroethane in the production processes of Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) facilities and wholly-owned subsidiaries' facilities are completely banned (including total abolishment of all chlorinated solvents).
1994 February
  • Brother's first white paper on the environment is issued (issued annually until 1999).
1995 February
  • A new environmental management organization is started at BIL with the Facility Manager and Secretariat of the Environmental Management Committee of Facility spearheading the initiative.
1996 July
  • Brother's Second Environmental Action Plan (Voluntary Plan) is formulated.
December
  • Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. becomes the first Brother Group company to obtain ISO 14001  certification.
1997 August
  • The Green Procurement Guidelines are formulated for purchasing office supplies and equipment (e.g., lighting, air conditioning).
1998 -
  • The Green Purchase Guidelines*1 specifying criteria for selecting products and recommended products are formulated.
1999 September

Environmental Report 1999

  • Environmental Report is issued for the first time. (It has since been issued annually.)
December
  • Brother's Third Environmental Action Plan (Voluntary Plan) is formulated.
2001 September

HL-2460/2460N
HL-2460/2460N

  • Laser Printer HL-2460/2460N is awarded the Blue Angel Label of Germany.
December
  • Participates as an exhibitor in Eco-Products 2001. (Participated as an exhibitor each year until 2013.)
2002 April
  • Zero emission is achieved at major facilities in Japan.
September

HL-7050
HL-7050

  • Laser Printer HL-7050 becomes the world's first printer awarded the TCO '99, an international environmental label.
December
  • Brother Group Fourth Environmental Action Plan is formulated and announced at the Brother Global Conference.
2003 April

FAX-1100CL
FAX-1100CL

  • Personal Facsimile FAX-1100CL becomes first in the home-use facsimile industry to be awarded the EcoLeaf label managed by JEMAI.
2004 April
May
  • BIL becomes the first in the facsimile business to obtain the System Certification of the EcoLeaf.
November

MFC-620CLN
MFC-620CLN

  • Brother issues its first self-certification of the EcoLeaf label to the MFC-620CLN.
2005 July

EPOC ECO talk session
*3

Registers in Team -6% membership
*2

  • Registers in Team Minus 6% membership*2.
  • Takes part in EPOC "ECO talk session" at citizen's pavilion of 2005 World Exposition Aichi, Japan*3.
2006 April
  • Brother Group Fifth Environmental Action Plan is formulated.
2007 December
  • Receives System Certification in the printer and facsimile business under the EcoLeaf eco-label
2008 April
  • Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2010 (2008-2010) is formulated.
June
  • Participates as exhibitor in Integrated Exhibition of the Environment in Celebration of the Hokkaido Toyako Summit in 2008.
2009 March
  • A solar power generation system (100 kWh) is introduced at the Kariya Manufacturing Facility.
June
  • The CO2 reduction target for FY2020 is added to the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2010 (2008-2010), and activities are launched.
December
  • Five models of printers (including HL-5350DN) and seven models of All-in-Ones (including MFC-8380DN) obtain Nordic Swan eco label certification.
2010 January
  • Registers as a member of the Challenge 25 Campaign (switching from "Team Minus 6%").
May

Brother Earth

  • "Brother Earth," a logo and slogan symbolizing the Brother Group's environmental activities, is created.
July
  • HL-5340D, HL-5350DN, HL-5380DN, MFC-8880DN, and MFC-8890DW become the first Brother products to obtain Environmental Choice New Zealand certification.
October
  • MFC-J6510DW, MFC-J6710DW, and MFC-J6910DW become the world's first inkjet printers to obtain Nordic Swan eco label certification.
  • Brother exhibits its products at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10 ) as a company taking part in the Ink Cartridge Return Project.
2011 April
  • Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2015 (2011-2015) is formulated.
  • Brother U.K. Ltd. wins the Queen's Award.
May
  • Brother Industries, Ltd. wins the FY2010 Environmental goo Award in the category of Environmental and Social Reports.
2012 February
  • Brother Sales, Ltd. wins the Certification Test for Environmental Specialists (Eco Test) Promotion Award 2011.
May
  • Brother (China) Ltd. wins the Eco Label Contribution Award from the China Environmental United Certification Center Co., Ltd. under the jurisdiction of the State Environmental Protection Administration.
  • The Brother Group is recognized as the first Eco First company in the printer industry under the auspices of the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan.
2013 March
  • Brother International (NZ) Ltd. becomes the first Brother Group company to be audited for ISO 14064  certification (Scopes 1, 2, and 3 ).
June
  • Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) wins the Excellence Award in the Energy and Renewable Resources category of the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards program.
July
  • Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) wins the RideWise Award (Silver Prize).
2014 January
  • Brother Industries, Ltd. wins the 2014 Aichi Environmental Award (Gold Prize)
May
  • FAX-2840 becomes the first desktop black-and-white All-in-One to be certified under the Carbon Footprint of Products (CFP) program in Japan.
June
  • Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. wins BIG TICK under the BITC (Business in the Community) Sustainable Products and Services Award.
  • Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. wins BIG TICK under the BITC (Business in the Community) Wales Responsible Business Services Award.
  • Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. is commended by the City of Shenzhen as an advanced company under the Pengcheng*4 Waste Reduction Activities.
  • Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd.*5 is commended by the City of Shenzhen as an advanced company under the Pengcheng Waste Reduction Activities.
September
  • Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. wins the Category Winner under the Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Award for Sustainable Manufacturing.
October
  • Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) wins the Platinum Award under New Jersey Smart Workplaces.
December
  • Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. is commended by the High Technology Industry Development Zone Branch Office, Xian Environmental Protection Bureau as an advanced organization in environmental statistics in FY2013.
2015 February
  • Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) wins the Good Performance Prize in the Environmental Report Section of the 18th Environmental Communication Awards.
  • Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) is commended in Business Recycler of the Year organized by the Tennessee Recycling Coalition.
June
  • Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. wins the Sustainable Products and Services Award under the Business in the Community Wales Responsible Businesses Awards 2015.
2016 January
  • Environmental Management Dept., Brother Industries, Ltd. wins the Life Cycle Assessment Society of Japan (JLCA) Incentive Award at the 12th JLCA Commendation Ceremony.
  • Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. wins the Excellence Prize in the Corporate Section of the Carbon Reduction Action Awards for FY2015.
February
  • Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) wins the Good Performance Prize in the Environmental Report Section of the 19th Environmental Communication Awards.
2017 February
  • Brother Sales, Ltd. (head office) wins "Outstanding eco office award" established by Nagoya City
  • Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) wins the Good Performance Prize in the Environmental Report Section of the 20th Environmental Communication Awards.
  • *1: The Green Purchase Guidelines have been reviewed and maintained as appropriate to reflect the market trends.
    This activity was found to be performed in-house almost 100% in FY2011 (April 1, 2011-March 31, 2012), therefore, it is currently out of the scope of the report.
  • *4: Pengcheng is another name for Shenzhen.
  • *5: Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd. was subject to an absorption-type merger in October 2016, with Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. as the surviving company.