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July 20, 2018
"The Eco Declaration for Europe" have been updated.
Logo of the Japan Committee for United Nations Decade on Biodiversity
This project is recognized as a cooperative project endorsed by the Japan Committee for UNDB (UNDB-J).
Seedling planting activities at the Brother Forests in Gujo

In March 2018, Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL)'s contribution to restoration and conservation of forests through seedling planting activities, Brother eco point program, and Click for the Earth, was recognized as one of the 12th cooperative projects endorsed by the Japan Committee for United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB-J).

UNDB-J is a Japanese committee that was established to facilitate participation and cooperation from all the sectors in Japan and promote efforts related to biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in order to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, which were adopted as the global targets at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) in 2010.

To encourage cooperation for biodiversity conservation activities in respective sectors, cooperative projects endorsed by UNDB-J are recognized twice a year from among projects, etc. registered under the Nijyu-maru Project (Double 20 campaign).*1

Of the nine projects by the Brother Group registered under the Nijyu-maru Project, BIL's contribution to restoration and conservation of forests through seedling planting activities, Brother eco point program, and Click for the Earth, was recognized as a cooperative project that is highly effective in terms of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.

Key points of recognition

Cooperation of various entities
The activities are undertaken through cooperation between a business operator and NGOs, research institutes, etc.
Importance of the efforts
Employee education, eco point donation, seedling planting activities, etc. have been implemented in different parts of the world. The efforts are highly effective in terms of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.
Effectiveness of publicizing the efforts
By publicizing the efforts, the scope of participants and collaborators, etc. in the project is expected to expand through similar efforts.

Brother Group's projects registered under the Nijyu-maru Project

Project name Name of business site
Contribution to restoration and conservation of forests through seedling planting activities, Brother eco point program, and Click for the Earth BIL
 Registration certificate (Japanese) [PDF/2.5MB]
 A webpage that introduces the cooperative projects recognized by UNDB-J (Link to the website of UNDB-J)
Project to suppress the propagation of moso bamboo, which hinders the growth of precious forests of broad-leaved trees, etc. BIL
 Registration certificate (Japanese) [PDF/2.1MB]
Project for combating desertification in Inner Mongolia Brother (China) Ltd.
 Registration certificate (Chinese) [PDF/2.1MB]
Contribution to environmental conservation in Shenzhen City Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd., Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd.*2
 Registration certificate (Chinese) [PDF/1.8MB]
Support for protection and restoration of mangrove forests Brother Commercial (Thailand) Ltd.
 Registration certificate [PDF/1.8MB]
Reforestation at a former quarry site Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd.
 Registration certificate [PDF/2.2MB]
Promotion of forest conservation activities through Click for the Earth, etc. Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.)
 Registration certificate [PDF/2.2MB]
Conservation of tropical rainforests in Peru Brother International Europe Ltd.
 Registration certificate [PDF/2.2MB]
Manta ray ecosystem research survey through Click for the Earth Brother International (Aust.) Pty. Ltd.
 Registration certificate [PDF/2.2MB]

The Brother Group remains committed to promoting various environmental conservation projects in various parts of the world under the Brother Earth slogan.

  • *1: Under the Nijyu-maru Project, citizen groups, companies, local governments, etc. declare contributions to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (Nijyu-maru declaration) within the scope of their efforts and register their declaration. The project is administered by the Japan Committee for IUCN.
    Starting with the 12th cooperative projects, the Nijyu-maru Project website is interlinked with the project database of the Environment Strategy Liaison Committee's Biodiversity Working Group of the Four Electrical and Electronic Industry Associations of Japan (in which BIL participates as a member company.)
  • *2: Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd. was subject to an absorption-type merger in October 2016, with Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. as the surviving company.

For more information on "Biodiversity Conservation Activities" 

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Won the Good Performance Prize in the Environmental Report Section of the 21st Environmental Communication Awards

Good Performance Prize winner logo

In February 2018, Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) won the Good Performance Prize* in the Environmental Report Section of the 21st Environmental Communication Awards organized by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment and the Global Environmental Forum.

The aim of the Environmental Communication Awards is to encourage business operators, etc. to work on green management and environmental communication through commendations and improve the quality of environmental information disclosure.

BIL won the award for its "Environmental Activities" webpage that delivers annual reports about the Brother Group's environmental activities; and for  "brotherearth.com", Brother's special website  on the environment, which uses responsive web design to disseminate information about both up-to-date and unique activities.

This is the fourth consecutive year that BIL has won the award. The following comment was given during the evaluation:

Good Performance Prize certificate
Good Performance Prize certificate

"The website clearly explains the Brother Group's commitment to environmental management based on numerical data and text, with the product life cycle and overall value chain taken into account. The website is highly evaluated because it comprehensibly presents the Brother Group's well-established policy, plan, and activities to reduce CO2 emissions from products and business operations and to ensure biodiversity conservation. Given its global operations, BIL should clarify its commitment to the Paris Agreement and SDGs, which are two major challenges to humankind, and the relevance of its efforts. In this context, it is desirable to use backcasting based on longer-term targets and conduct materiality analysis for BIL in more detail."

  • *:   The Good Performance Prize is awarded to reports that set an example in information disclosure (e.g. those prepared by companies that actively work on environmentally conscious management or those that disclose information in an easy-to-understand manner).

For more information on "Environmental Commendation and Awards" 

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March 5, 2018
"The Eco Declaration for Europe" have been updated.
January 17, 2018
"Brother Group Green Procurement Standards" have been updated.
December 26, 2017
"The list of products that qualify the standards of International ENERGY STAR® program" has been updated.
December 26, 2017
"The list of products that qualify the standards of International EU ENERGY STAR® program" has been updated.
December 26, 2017
"The list of products that acquired Blue Angel" has been updated.
December 26, 2017
"The list of products that acquired Nordic Swan" has been updated.
December 26, 2017
"The list of products that acquired Ten Circle Mark" has been updated.
December 26, 2017
"The list of products that acquired Korea Eco-label" has been updated.
December 26, 2017
"Information about registration in EPEAT (an environmental assessment system for electronic products in the U.S.A.)" has been updated.
November 10, 2017
"FY2017 Brother Group Environmental Activities Report (website data)" posted on the CSR Report PDF download site.
November 1, 2017
"The Eco Declaration for Europe" has been updated.
September 28, 2017
"Brother's CSR" and "Environmental Activities" have been updated.
July 11, 2017
"Brother Group Green Procurement Standards" have been updated.
July 1, 2017
"The Eco Declaration for Europe" has been updated.
May 15, 2017
"Information about registration in EPEAT (an environmental assessment system for electronic products in the U.S.A.)" has been updated.
May 15, 2017
"List of products that qualify the standards of International ENERGY STAR program in U.S.A." has been updated.
May 15, 2017
"List of products that qualify the standards of International ENERGY STAR program in EU" has been updated.
May 15, 2017
Type I environmental labels "List of products that acquired Blue Angel (Germany)" has been updated.
May 15, 2017
Type I environmental labels "List of products that acquired Nordic Swan (five Scandinavian countries)" has been updated.
May 15, 2017
Type I environmental labels "List of products that acquired Environmental Choice (New Zealand)" has been updated.