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External environmental commendation system in FY2016

Won the Good Performance Prize in the Environmental Report Section of the 20th Environmental Communication Awards

Good Performance Prize winner logo
Good Performance Prize certificate

On February 13, 2017, Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) won the Good Performance Prize* in the Environmental Report Section of the 20th 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 third consecutive year that BIL has won the award. The following comment was given during the evaluation:

"BIL's website details, in table format, the Brother Group's specific commitment to each of eight items in the Action Guidelines for Biodiversity Conservation in the Electrical and Electronic Industries that are expected to make significant contributions to fulfilling the 20 items identified in the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. This represents BIL's high level of awareness about the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. There are detailed and easy-to-understand descriptions about environmental accounting to continuously increase the efficiency of environmental management."

  • *:   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).

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March 1, 2017
"The Eco Declaration for Europe" has been updated.
March 1, 2017
"The Eco Declaration for U.S.A." has been updated.
January 20, 2017
"Brother Group Green Procurement Standard" has been updated.

Internal environmental commendation system in FY2016

"5R Award"

The Brother Group has a system to commend group companies for their environmental activities in the previous year (the "5R Award") to motivate and improve the level of environmental activities of the entire group.

In FY2016 (April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017), 23 applications were received in total for different categories. The winners were four business sites and one department which achieved significant results tackling problems that all corporations have to face based on the environmental action plan.

In December 2016, personnel from the award-winning entries gave presentations about their activities and received commendations from the BIL president at presentation meetings*, which were attended by employees from group companies in and outside Japan (including Asia, Europe and the Americas).

Business sites/departments that won a "5R Award" in FY2016

Award title Business sites / departments
CO2 Emission Reduction 5R Award Production Category Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc.
Office Category Brother International Taiwan Ltd.
Product 5R Award Machinery Business Div. Development Dept. of Brother Industries, Ltd.
Environmental Contribution 5R Award In the company Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd.
Outside the company
Judge Selection 5R Award (Environmental Contributions) Brother Commercial (Thailand) Ltd.
  • *:   The presentation meetings are the largest held at the Brother Group, during which excellent activities and skills are presented from different categories, facilities, and companies in and outside Japan to commend individuals who have outstanding accomplishments.

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November 30, 2016
"Information about registration in EPEAT (an environmental assessment system for electronic products in the U.S.A.)" has been added.
November 30, 2016
"List of products that qualify the standards of International ENERGY STAR program in U.S.A." has been updated.
November 30, 2016
"List of products that qualify the standards of International ENERGY STAR program in EU" has been updated.
November 30, 2016
"List of products that acquired Blue Angel" has been updated.
November 30, 2016
"List of products that acquired Nordic Swan" has been updated.
November 30, 2016
" List of products that acquired Ten Circle Mark" has been updated.
November 30, 2016
"List of Stationery/office supplies (tape cassettes) that acquired Eco Mark" has been updated.
November 2, 2016
"FY2016 Brother Group Environmental Activities Report (website data)" posted on the CSR Report PDF download site.
September 29, 2016
"Brother's CSR" and "Environmental Activities" have been updated.
July 8, 2016
"Brother Group Green Procurement Standard" has been updated.