Achieving a Sustainable Society
Global trend toward achieving a sustainable society
In November 2016, the Paris Agreement went into effect. The agreement was reached by 197 countries and regions at the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The Paris Agreement aims to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2050 and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
At the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) in 2010, it was agreed to take urgent and effective action to prevent biodiversity loss by 2020. The Aichi Biodiversity Targets, which defined the targets that should be attained by the international community, were adopted.
In 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted at the United Nations summit. The agenda sets out the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from 2016 to 2030. The 2030 Agenda requires actions to be taken to cope with worsening environmental issues such as global warming, pollution, and biodiversity loss.
Promising active and continuous efforts
The Brother Group Global Charter ("Global Charter") was established in 1999 to provide the foundation for all Brother Group activities in the global marketplace. In the Global Charter, the Brother Group promises to play its part to help society achieve sustainable development by actively and continuously considering the environmental impact of all aspects of its operations. In 2010, the Brother Group created the "Brother Earth" slogan, and has been accelerating its efforts, including biodiversity conservation with stakeholders, based on a unified message of "Working with you for a better environment."
Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2018 (2016-2018)
The Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2018 (2016-2018) serves as the environmental activity guidelines for the Mid-term Business Strategy "CS B2018" to achieve the Brother Group's mid- to long-term corporate vision, Global Vision 21
The Brother Group will deliver more products and services to customers by promoting the three reforms through CS B2018 and achieving further business growth based on Global Vision 21 (beyond CS B2018). Further reductions in the environmental impact attributed to production, sales, logistics, use, and disposal will become increasingly important. In FY2016 (April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017), the Brother Group developed eco-conscious products which met rigorous standards of respective countries (including the Blue Angel of Germany) and attained the CO2 emissions reduction targets in Scopes 1 and 2 two years ahead of schedule. The Brother Group also continued to contribute actively to reducing the environmental impact in collaboration with suppliers and promoting biodiversity conservation across business boundaries. Thus, steady progress has been made in collaboration with stakeholders.
Ensuring a long and successful future
We have a responsibility to the next generation for ensuring environmental consciousness.
Biodiversity conservation is linked with all environmental activities including reforestation, protection of endangered wildlife, environmental consciousness throughout the product life cycle, reduction in CO2 emissions, and non-use of hazardous substances in products. There are many things to be done on the global, national, and corporate levels.
The Brother Group remains committed to contributing to solving global environmental issues to help society achieve sustainable development.
Brother Industries, Ltd.
Representative Director & Chairman