External environmental commendation system in FY2017
Won the Good Performance Prize in the Environmental Report Section of the 21st Environmental Communication Awards
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:
"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).
Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd.
On October 20, 2017, Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. (Taiwan Brother) won the Gold Prize in the manufacturing sector of the companies that participated in the 2017 national power-saving campaign (power-saving competition for small and medium-sized enterprises).
This prize is awarded by the Taiwan Power Company operated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, R.O.C. to encourage voluntary activities by companies and social organizations and raise public awareness about energy conservation to reduce CO2 emissions in Taiwan.
This is the second time for Taiwan Brother to win the Gold Prize after winning the first one in 2016. The prize recognized the daily activities by the division in charge of the environment and all employees to promote energy conservation and the effectiveness of such activities.
Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.)
Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) (BIC (USA)) has been participating in the New Jersey Smart Workplaces program since 2013.
The program encourages employees to use means of transportation whose CO2 emissions are low (such as bicycles and public transport) or conference calls in order to reduce the CO2 emissions attributed to commuting.
BIC (USA) was recognized as the silver level in 2013 and as the platinum level from 2014 to 2017.
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.