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Toward a Sustainable Society

"Environmental Vision 2050" Resource Recycling

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Environmental Vision 2050

In this Environmental Vision, the Brother Group outlines its plan to address the escalation of environmental problems, including climate change, depletion of resources, pollution caused by waste, and disruption of ecosystem (loss of biodiversity), on a long-term basis and in a continuous way, perceiving these problems as serious challenges as well as our business risks.

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The vision aims to ensure sustainable use of natural resources in business operations and minimize the environmental impact due to wastes.

Resource recycling

GOAL

Toward 2050, the Brother Group will maximize resource recycling to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources and minimize the environmental impact due to wastes.

Mid-term target for FY2030

Mechanisms for recycling resources have been established throughout the value chain. Efforts have been made to reduce the amount of new natural resources that are used in main products.

The group’s manufacturing facilities continuously endeavor to ensure efficient use of water resources and proper treatment of wastewater.

The mid-term target aims to reduce* the consumption of resources for main products, achieve efficient use of water resources, and ensure proper treatment of wastewater.

Maximize resource circulation

* Regarding the reduction of consumption of resources for products, the reduction target values will be set by FY2020 while monitoring the development of global environmental regulations.

Building a recycling framework

Ensuring activities to curb waste generation and emissions

To help use resources effectively and prevent resource depletion, the Brother Group ensures activities are carried out to curb waste generation, reduce emissions, and achieve "zero landfill waste" (meaning that less than 1% of waste generated at factories is sent to landfill). In our operations, respective business sites follow the ISO 14001 framework (under which they are certified) and the waste management manual, thereby systematically and continuously working to reduce waste.
In FY2003 (April 1, 2003-March 31, 2004 for business sites in Japan; and January 1, 2003-December 31, 2003 for facilities outside Japan), manufacturing facilities outside Japan and business sites in Japan started to share waste data using a common format. In FY2016 (April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017), a new system was introduced to monitor the overall status involving main sales facilities in and outside Japan. Commitment to the activities mentioned above helps avoid the risks of damage to the brand image due to noncompliance such as illegal dumping and violation of the WEEE Directives in Europe. Proper separation helps ensure effective utilization of resources and reduce the waste treatment cost.

Results of the Brother Group’s activities in FY2017

Nissei Corporation, which treated waste fluids properly for release into a river, commissioned the process to a waste treatment contractor. Meanwhile, the production volume at the Kariya Manufacturing Facility and Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd. increased. Thus, the amount of waste generated increased.
From the viewpoint of effective utilization of resources, all the manufacturing facilities (except for Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. which started production in 2013 and Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. (BMV) which started production in 2014) and business sites in Japan maintained zero landfill waste.
All the manufacturing facilities (except for Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. which started production in 2013 and Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. (BMV) which started production in 2014) and business sites in Japan maintained zero landfill waste.

Details of the Brother Group's activities in FY2017

Main activities at business sites in Japan

In FY2001 (April 1, 2001-March 31, 2002), the Brother Group's business sites in Japan achieved zero landfill waste, and work is continuing to prevent the generation of landfill waste at business sites.

Main zero waste activities at business sites in Japan
  • Promoting the material recycling of plastics such as polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) used as packaging materials
  • Turning food waste from the cafeterias of the Mizuho Manufacturing Facility and Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, which have large kitchen equipment, into compost through a specialized collection contractor; recycling waste edible oil as biofuel and using it in the logistics division within the group
  • Changing the disposal method of products returned by customers as industrial waste processing to processing as valuable commodities for material recycling
  • Processing corrugated fiberboard used as a cushioning material and reusing it as packing material for shipping service parts
  • Launching a website for exchanging information to promote the reuse of furniture and furnishings between divisions to contribute to reducing waste and cutting the purchase cost

Main activities at business sites outside Japan

Focusing on waste generation, all the manufacturing facilities worked to reduce and recycle waste and achieve zero landfill waste. Major sales facilities also worked toward obtaining/maintaining ISO 14001 certification and promoting waste reduction activities.

Main zero waste activities at manufacturing facilities outside Japan
  • Separating chips contaminated with water-soluble cutting fluid (emulsified liquid) which was disposed of as industrial waste into water-soluble cutting fluid and chips, in order to reuse the water-soluble cutting fluid and sell the chips (compressed into solids) to recyclers as valuable commodities
  • Significantly reducing waste paper by replacing application documents with electronic files at manufacturing facilities, reducing paper consumption in printing tests for printers, etc.
  • Significantly reducing packaging-related waste by reducing consumption (e.g., replacing packaging boxes for parts with returnable containers and increasing the density of parts packaged in innovative packaging styles)
  • Improving collection boxes for used printer cartridges and upgrading skills to repair scratches on the resin case surfaces, to improve the refurbishment rate for toner cartridges and to address waste generation
  • Promoting reuse of production equipment to reduce waste
  • Reducing the consumption of the degreasing agent for coating and cleaning parts and thereby reduce waste fluid
Main zero waste activities at sales facilities outside Japan
  • Acquiring ISO 14001 certification at main sales facilities, and promoting waste reduction activities
  • Ensuring separation of waste by type, and raising awareness about zero waste activities
  • Having separated waste appropriately recycled by a specialized contractor to effectively utilize resources
  • Having waste electronic appliances (brought by employees from their homes) properly processed by contractors, and promoting recycling and raising employees' environmental awareness

Changes in waste volume of the Brother Group

Changes in waste volume of the Brother Group

  • It was found that the recycled amount for the past fiscal years included incineration of waste without energy recovery when aggregating the results for FY2016. The amount cannot be determined retrospectively. Thus, the amount is reported from FY2015 and FY2016.

Scope of aggregation

FY2013 FY2014-FY2017
Eight business sites in Japan (head office of Brother Industries, Ltd., Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility,*1 Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, and Logistics Center), Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd., Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd., Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd., Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd.,*2 Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd.,*3 Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd., Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd.,*4 Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd., Mie Brother Precision Industries, Ltd., and Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o. , Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd., Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc., and Nissei Corporation Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. was added to the scope of aggregation on the left.
  1. The Minato Manufacturing Facility stopped production on September 30, 2017.
  2. Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. is a business site established through the merger of Xian Brother Industries, Co., Ltd. (formerly Xian Typical Brother Industries, Co., Ltd.) with Brother Sewing Machine Xian Co., Ltd. in 2010. In the same year, Brother Sewing Machine (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. transferred its business to Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd.
  3. Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd. was subject to an absorption-type merger in October 2016, with Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. as the surviving company.
  4. Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd. terminated its business operations on March 31, 2017.
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Brother Activities to reduce water consumption in different regions around the world

Enhancing efforts by setting new reduction targets

Securing safe water resources is an important environmental challenge for the global community. The Brother Group has been working to reduce water consumption to fulfill its responsibilities as an operator of manufacturing facilities in many countries and regions. In the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2018 (2016-2018), a target of reducing water consumption by 30% from FY2010 (April 1, 2010-March 31, 2011) levels by FY2018 (April 1, 2018-March 31, 2019) (per unit of sales) has been set, and various efforts were made to meet this target.

Brother Group’s results of activities in FY2017

In FY2017 (April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018), water conservation activities were promoted across the company to reduce waste. However, water consumption increased by 1.0% (about 8,725 m3) from FY2016 (April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017) due to the increase in production volume at manufacturing facilities and water leakage from deteriorated water pipes at some business sites. Per unit of sales, water consumption decreased by 8.8%. Recently, water issues have attracted much public attention around the world due to the increased water stress and water disasters caused by climate change, tight supply-demand balance due to population increase and economic development, among other factors. These issues may directly affect our business operations in various ways. To assess the water-related risks on business operations at the business sites of the group, Aqueduct (a water risk evaluation tool offered by the World Resources Institute) is used to monitor water-related risks.

The Brother Group remains committed to further implementing measures to save water in FY2018 (April 1, 2018-March 31, 2019) to attain new reduction targets set out in the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2018 (2016-2018).

Details of the Brother Group's activities in FY2017

Main activities at business sites in Japan

At business sites in Japan, efforts have been made to reduce consumption of clean water by replacing equipment and apparatuses with new ones. When Japanese-style toilets were replaced with Western-style toilets, water-saving toilets were introduced, and conventional Western-style toilets have been replaced with water-saving toilets in stages. Manual basin faucets were replaced with automatic ones, and shower-type faucets were introduced to continuously reduce the water consumption.

Main activities at facilities outside Japan

Activities to reduce water consumption at manufacturing facilities outside Japan started in FY2009 (April 1, 2009-March 31, 2010). Replacement of water-cooled air conditioners with air-cooled air conditioners, advancement of activities through QC circle activities and an extensive review combined with the optimization of water for sinks and toilets, in particular, produced substantial results.
The main water-saving and recycling measures taken by respective business sites are described below.

  • Replacing the faucet valves with lever-type faucet valves that allow the water flow to be easily adjusted. Combined with the introduction of shower-type water-saving devices in faucets to reduce the water flow, this leads to reduced consumption
  • Adjusting the water supply valve opening to minimize the water flow for faucets and toilets and reduce consumption
  • Replacing water-cooled air-conditioning equipment with air-cooled inverter air conditioning equipment in line with energy conservation activities, and preventing the dispersion and evaporation of water in cooling towers to eliminate waste
  • Collecting wastewater drained from central air conditioning and using this wastewater for flushing the factory toilets; Daily water consumption was reduced by 6 m3 (1,440 m3 annually)
  • Improving water injection control and reducing water consumption in the coating process for sewing machine parts
  • Posting the monthly water consumption results on the factory bulletin board to encourage employees to reduce water consumption (This was combined with posters for raising awareness)
  • Reducing the time of the roof leak inspection on container cars (water spraying using a shower) to one minute (with a timer set up); conducting only visual inspections in the case of short-distance transport
  • Reusing water purified by the wastewater treatment facility for the VOC treatment facility

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Changes in water consumption at the Brother Group

30% reduction from FY2010 levels by FY2018 (per unit of sales)

Changes in water consumption at the Brother Group

Scope of aggregation

FY2010 FY2013 FY2014-FY2017
Eight business sites in Japan (head office of Brother Industries, Ltd., Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility,*1 Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, and Logistics Center), Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd., Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd., Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd., Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd.,*2 Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd.,*3 Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd., Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd.,*4 Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd., Nissei Corporation, Mie Brother Precision Industries, Ltd., and Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o. Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd. and Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. were added to the scope of aggregation on the left. Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. was added to the scope of aggregation on the left.
  1. The Minato Manufacturing Facility stopped production on September 30, 2017.
  2. Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. is a business site established through the merger of Xian Brother Industries, Co., Ltd. (formerly Xian Typical Brother Industries, Co., Ltd.) with Brother Sewing Machine Xian Co., Ltd. in 2010. In the same year, Brother Sewing Machine (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. transferred its business to Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd.
  3. Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd. was subject to an absorption-type merger in October 2016, with Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. as the surviving company.
  4. Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd. terminated its business operations on March 31, 2017.
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