Green procurement policy
At the Brother Group which operates its business globally, safety and environmental impacts are prime considerations at every stage of a product's life cycle, from design, development, manufacturing, customer usage, and disposal, to reuse and recycling, as set out in its basic environmental policy of the Brother Group Environmental Policy. Under the "Brother Group Global Charter", the Brother Group began implementing green procurement activities from 2001 in which we prioritize procuring environmentally friendly parts and materials for all products that we sell. In 2002, the Brother Group issued the Brother Group Green Procurement Standards (Ver. 1.0) and repeatedly revised it according to changes in laws and regulations, which includes the Brother Group Environmental Policy and specific requests to suppliers, and describes the flow of operations for the control of certain chemical substances contained in products to promote the manufacture of environmentally conscious products with suppliers. The Brother Group provides suppliers with training for compliance, so that they also operate their business based on the "Environmental Policy". We communicate any changes of the Green Procurement Standards, including the Environmental Policy. We ask suppliers to submit a written agreement once the standard is revised that they understand the details of the revised Green procurement standards. In 2018, we held more than 30 training sessions for suppliers at each manufacturing facility, and promoted the Brother Group Environmental Policy in line with the revised Green Procurement Standards and Green Procurement System.
The Brother Group conducts audits on suppliers at least every three years to check their management systems and operations comply with laws and regulations, and to verify that the goods that they supply meet the standards.
Policy of green procurement activities
The Green Procurement Standards apply to the following goods that the Brother Group handles:
Parts, materials and sub-materials used for products designed, manufactured, and sold by the Brother Group;
Parts, materials and sub-materials used for products designed and manufactured by the Brother Group for a third party;
Products designed and manufactured by a third party for the Brother Group and sold under the Brother Group's trademark;
Products for sale that incorporate product(s) purchased from another company (or companies);
Products purchased from another company to be sold "in their original state";
Brother Group Green Procurement Standards
Quick compliance with environmental laws and regulations in various countries
The Brother Group has updated the Brother Group Green Procurement Standards as necessary to comply with various countries' environmental laws and regulations, which are constantly being extended in scope. The standards are released in Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified and traditional), and Vietnamese. Based on the Brother Group Green Procurement Standards, the Brother Group restricts the inclusion of certain substances in all goods which are supplied to the Brother Group, the use of substances is restricted globally in accordance with laws and regulations, etc. and they are designated as "prohibited chemical substances (Level A)," and their content in goods is managed. Meanwhile, controlled substances specified in chemSHERPA, the system endorsed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, are designated as "controlled substances (Level B)," and their content in goods which are supplied to the Brother Group is managed.
To help build society for sustainable development, the Brother Group encourages the suppliers to actively work on the conservation of biological diversity and formulate plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Brother Group Green Procurement Standards
- Green Procurement Standards Japanese (version 9.1) [PDF/435KB]
- Green Procurement Standards English (version 9.1) [PDF/609KB]
- Green Procurement Standards Chinese-simp (version 9.1) [PDF/724KB]
- Green Procurement Standards Chinese-trad (version 9.1) [PDF/1MB]
- Green Procurement Standards Vietnamese (version 9.12) [PDF/797KB]
Brother Group Green Procurement Management System
The Brother Group strictly controls chemical substances in products through a green procurement management system
The Brother Group introduced the Green Procurement System in 2004 and requests all suppliers to cooperate in investigations into the content of chemical substances in products.
The Brother Group also supported the concept of chemSHERPA, a scheme for sharing information about chemical substances contained in products recommended by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. In March 2018, the system was updated to handle data in chemSHERPA format.
Flow of operations for the control of chemical substances in products at the Brother Group