External environmental commendation system in FY2016
Head office of Brother Sales wins "Outstanding eco office award"
On February 1, 2017, Brother Sales, Ltd. ("Brother Sales") won the "Outstanding eco office award" under the eco office certification system established by Nagoya City.*
This award is given to excellent eco offices, among those certified by Nagoya City, which produced outstanding results and set an example to other companies.
Under the Brother Group's environmental slogan "Brother Earth," approximately 90% of Brother Sales employees passed the eco test. Employees work together to promote activities such as eco-drives, energy conservation, and cleanups around the business site. The eco points earned in accordance with the number of used consumables for Brother products collected are used to plant seedlings. These activities were highly evaluated.
Brother Sales was also recognized as a business site which met the activity criteria in the FY2016 Eco-Drive Activity Contest organized by the Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation, and was awarded an excellent eco-drive activity certificate.
- The eco office certification system established by Nagoya City covers business sites operating in the city. Thus, the Brother Sales head office won the award.
Won the Good Performance Prize in the Environmental Report Section of the 20th Environmental Communication Awards
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).
Internal environmental commendation system in FY2016
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 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 and activities to improve the environment.
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, 2017, the Brother eco point program is in place in more than 40 countries and regions, involving 31,663 employees.