Internal environmental commendation system in FY2017
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 FY2017 (April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018), 17 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 November 2017, 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 FY2017
|Award title||Business sites/departments|
|CO2 Emission Reduction 5R Award||Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd.|
|Product 5R Award||IDS Development Dept. of Brother Industries, Ltd.
* Reduction in space and low power consumption designs for products
|Environmental Contribution 5R Award||South and North America (12 manufacturing and sales facilities)|
|Judge Selection 5R Award (CO2 Emission Reduction)||Brother International Corporation de Argentina S.R.L.|
|Judge Selection 5R Award (Environmental Contributions)||Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd.|
- The meetings are of the largest scale in the Brother Group, in which best practices and skills are selected from various fields, sites and companies in and outside Japan and excellent persons/cases are praised.
In 1998, the Brother Group started the President's Award, a commendation system for all group companies. The award is intended to boost employees' motivation and challenging spirit by recognizing their efforts and accomplishments made throughout the year. The evaluation indices include reduction in CO2 emissions.
Commendation under the Brother eco point program
In April 2008, the Brother Group launched the "Brother eco point program" in Japan to help raise the environmental awareness of employees, and extended the program to facilities outside Japan from FY2009 (April 1, 2009-March 31, 2010).
Facilities in Japan and the U.S. as well as Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd., etc. created their own commendation systems to encourage such activities. As of March 31, 2018, the Brother eco point program is in place in more than 40 countries and regions, involving 29,993 employees.