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Corporate Environmental Strategy and Management

Timeline for Environmental Milestone Achievement

Year Month Main Environmental activities
2018 March
  • Brother Industries, Ltd.’s biodiversity conservation project is recognized as one of the 12th cooperative projects endorsed by the Japan Committee for United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB-J).
  • The Brother Group’s nine biodiversity conservation projects are registered under the Nijyu-maru Project (Double 20 campaign) organized by the Japan Committee for IUCN (IUCN-J).
  • The Brother Group Environmental Vision 2050 is formulated.
February
  • Brother Industries, Ltd. wins the Good Performance Prize in the Environmental Report Section of the 21st Environmental Communication Awards.
2017 October
  • Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. wins 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).
February
  • Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) wins the Good Performance Prize in the Environmental Report Section of the 20th Environmental Communication Awards.
  • Brother Sales, Ltd. (head office) wins "Outstanding eco office award" established by Nagoya City
2016 April
  • Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2018 (2016-2018) is formulated.
February
  • Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) wins the Good Performance Prize in the Environmental Report Section of the 19th Environmental Communication Awards.
January
  • Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. wins the Excellence Prize in the Corporate Section of the Carbon Reduction Action Awards for FY2015.
  • Environmental Management Dept., Brother Industries, Ltd. wins the Life Cycle Assessment Society of Japan (JLCA) Incentive Award at the 12th JLCA Commendation Ceremony.
2015 June
  • Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. wins the Sustainable Products and Services Award under the Business in the Community Wales Responsible Businesses Awards 2015.
February
  • Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) is commended in Business Recycler of the Year organized by the Tennessee Recycling Coalition.
  • Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) wins the Good Performance Prize in the Environmental Report Section of the 18th Environmental Communication Awards.
2014 December
  • Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. is commended by the High Technology Industry Development Zone Branch Office, Xian Environmental Protection Bureau as an advanced organization in environmental statistics in FY2013.
October
  • Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) wins the Platinum Award under New Jersey Smart Workplaces.
September
  • Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. wins the Category Winner under the Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Award for Sustainable Manufacturing.
June
  • Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd.*1 is commended by the City of Shenzhen as an advanced company under the Pengcheng*2 Waste Reduction Activities.
  • Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. is commended by the City of Shenzhen as an advanced company under the Pengcheng Waste Reduction Activities.
  • Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. wins BIG TICK under the BITC (Business in the Community) Wales Responsible Business Services Award.
  • Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. wins BIG TICK under the BITC (Business in the Community) Sustainable Products and Services Award.
May
  • FAX-2840 becomes the first desktop black-and-white All-in-One to be certified under the Carbon Footprint of Products (CFP) program in Japan.
January
  • Brother Industries, Ltd. wins the 2014 Aichi Environmental Award (Gold Prize)
2013 July
  • Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) wins the RideWise Award (Silver Prize).
June
  • Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) wins the Excellence Award in the Energy and Renewable Resources category of the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards program.
March
  • Brother International (NZ) Ltd. becomes the first Brother Group company to be audited for ISO 14064 certification (Scopes 1, 2, and 3).
2012 May
  • The Brother Group is recognized as the first Eco First company in the printer industry under the auspices of the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan.
  • Brother (China) Ltd. wins the Eco Label Contribution Award from the China Environmental United Certification Center Co., Ltd. under the jurisdiction of the State Environmental Protection Administration.
February
  • Brother Sales, Ltd. wins the Certification Test for Environmental Specialists (Eco Test) Promotion Award 2011.
2011 May
  • Brother Industries, Ltd. wins the FY2010 Environmental goo Award in the category of Environmental and Social Reports.
April
  • Brother U.K. Ltd. wins the Queen's Award.
  • Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2015 (2011-2015) is formulated.
2010 October
  • Brother exhibits its products at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) as a company taking part in the Ink Cartridge Return Project.
  • MFC-J6510DW, MFC-J6710DW, and MFC-J6910DW become the world's first inkjet printers to obtain Nordic Swan eco label certification.
July
  • HL-5340D, HL-5350DN, HL-5380DN, MFC-8880DN, and MFC-8890DW become the first Brother products to obtain Environmental Choice New Zealand certification.
May
  • "Brother Earth," a logo and slogan symbolizing the Brother Group's environmental activities, is created.

Brother Earth

January
  • Registers as a member of the Challenge 25 Campaign (switching from "Team Minus 6%").
2009 December
  • Five models of printers (including HL-5350DN) and seven models of All-in-Ones (including MFC-8380DN) obtain Nordic Swan eco label certification.
June
  • The CO2 reduction target for FY2020 is added to the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2010 (2008-2010), and activities are launched.
March
  • A solar power generation system (100 kWh) is introduced at the Kariya Manufacturing Facility.
2008 June
  • Participates as exhibitor in Integrated Exhibition of the Environment in Celebration of the Hokkaido Toyako Summit in 2008.
April
  • Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2010 (2008-2010) is formulated.
2007 December
  • Receives System Certification in the printer and facsimile business under the EcoLeaf eco-label
2006 April
  • Brother Group Fifth Environmental Action Plan is formulated.
2005 July
  • Takes part in EPOC "ECO talk session" at citizen's pavilion of 2005 World Exposition Aichi, Japan.
  • Registers in Team Minus 6% membership.
2004 November
  • Brother issues its first self-certification of the EcoLeaf label to the MFC-620CLN.
May
  • BIL becomes the first in the facsimile business to obtain the System Certification of the EcoLeaf.
April
2003 April
  • Personal Facsimile FAX-1100CL becomes first in the home-use facsimile industry to be awarded the EcoLeaf label managed by JEMAI.
2002 December
  • Brother Group Fourth Environmental Action Plan is formulated and announced at the Brother Global Conference.
September
  • Laser Printer HL-7050 becomes the world's first printer awarded the TCO '99, an international environmental label.
April
  • Zero emission is achieved at major facilities in Japan.
2001 December
  • Participates as an exhibitor in Eco-Products 2001. (Participated as an exhibitor each year until 2013.)
September
  • Laser Printer HL-2460/2460N is awarded the Blue Angel Label of Germany.
1999 December
  • Brother's Third Environmental Action Plan (Voluntary Plan) is formulated.
September
  • Environmental Report is issued for the first time. (It has since been issued annually.)
1998  
  • The Green Purchase Guidelines*3 specifying criteria for selecting products and recommended products are formulated.
1997 August
  • The Green Procurement Guidelines are formulated for purchasing office supplies and equipment (e.g., lighting, air conditioning).
1996 December
  • Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. becomes the first Brother Group company to obtain ISO 14001 certification.
July
  • Brother's Second Environmental Action Plan (Voluntary Plan) is formulated.
1995 February
  • A new environmental management organization is started at BIL with the Facility Manager and Secretariat of the Environmental Management Committee of Facility spearheading the initiative.
1994 February
  • Brother's first white paper on the environment is issued (issued annually until 1999).
1993 May
  • Use of CFC 113 and trichloroethane in the production processes of Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) facilities and wholly-owned subsidiaries' facilities are completely banned (including total abolishment of all chlorinated solvents).
  • Brother's First Environmental Action Plan (Voluntary Plan) is formulated.
1991 September
  • Company-wide environmental organization is established for each product division.
  1. Pengcheng is another name for Shenzhen.
  2. Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd. was subject to an absorption-type merger in October 2016, with Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. as the surviving company.
  3. The Green Purchase Guidelines have been reviewed and maintained as appropriate to reflect the market trends.
    This activity was found to be performed in-house almost 100% in FY2011 (April 1, 2011-March 31, 2012), therefore, it is currently out of the scope of the report.

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