Sustainability

CSR Management

Evaluation by External Entities

Sustainability

FTSE4Good Index Series / FTSE Blossom Japan Index / FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index

Since 2020, Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) has been included in the ESG investment*1 stock indexes "FTSE4Good Index Series" and "FTSE Blossom Japan Index" established by London Stock Exchange Group company FTSE Russell.

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The FTSE4Good Index Series is a globally renowned series of ESG investment indexes consisting of companies that have met standards for ESG practices. The FTSE Blossom Japan Index is an index specific to the Japanese stock market. It was adopted as an ESG index by Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), which manages the largest pool of funds in the world.

In March 2022, BIL was selected for inclusion in the ESG investment stock index "FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index."

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FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index is an index that reflects the relative performance within sectors of Japanese companies that are excellent in their ESG measures, and is designed to be sector neutral*2. In addition, to encourage the transition to a low-carbon economy, specifically for companies with high greenhouse gas emissions, only those companies evaluated for their improvement initiatives based on the Management Quality score of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) are included in the index. FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index was adopted by Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) as an ESG index on March 30, 2022.

Inclusion in these indexes is seen as recognition of the various ESG initiatives undertaken by the Brother Group.
The Brother Group remains committed to promoting management with an emphasis on ESG and, by developing its business and fulfilling its social responsibilities, striving for the sustainable improvement of corporate value.

  1. ESG investment is investment that prioritizes and selects companies based on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices
  2. An investment method for obtaining stable income using a neutral position in the sector
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FTSE Russell (a registered trademark of FTSE International Limited and Frank Russell Company) hereby certifies that Brother Industries, Ltd. has been included in FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index after meeting the criteria for inclusion as a result of third-party assessment. FTSE Blossom Japan Sector Relative Index is widely used in the creation and evaluation of sustainable investment funds and other financial products.

MSCI Japan Empowering Women (WIN) Select Index

Since 2019, BIL has been included in the ESG investment stock index "MSCI Japan Empowering Women (WIN) Select Index" calculated and provided by Morgan Stanley Capital International Inc. (MSCI) of the United States.

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The MSCI Japan Empowering Women (WIN) Select Index consists of leading companies that are actively promoting and advancing women in the workplace. Selection is based on corporate disclosures and on ratios of female employees and managers and other data in the Database on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace*, which is a database of gender diversity according to the Act on the Promotion of Female Participation and Career Advancement in the Workplace.
The inclusion of BIL in this index, which was adopted by Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), is evidence that its various initiatives to date are held in high regard. They include support for diverse work styles, formulation of the "Commitment to Promotion of the Success of Women" and the "Action Plan to Support the Success of Women," and various systems and measures for promoting women in the workplace.

Going forward, the Brother Group will continue efforts to strengthen relationships of trust with all stakeholders and achieve further business development by building a robust organizational structure and fulfilling its social responsibilities while respecting the diversity of its employees.

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DISCLAIMER
THE INCLUSION OF BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD. IN ANY MSCI INDEX, AND THE USE OF MSCI LOGOS, TRADEMARKS, SERVICE MARKS OR INDEX NAMES HEREIN, DO NOT CONSTITUTE A SPONSORSHIP, ENDORSEMENT OR PROMOTION OF BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD. BY MSCI OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES. THE MSCI INDEXES ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF MSCI. MSCI AND THE MSCI INDEX NAMES AND LOGOS ARE TRADEMARKS OR SERVICE MARKS OF MSCI OR ITS AFFILIATES.

EcoVadis Sustainability Assessment

In October 2020, BIL received a Silver Medal from EcoVadis (headquartered in Paris, France), which implemented a sustainability assessment of our company. During this assessment, Domino Printing Science plc., a Brother group company, also obtained a Silver Medal from EcoVadis.

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EcoVadis' sustainability assessment surveys and evaluates the SDG alignment of global supply chains. EcoVadis assesses around 65,000 companies across 160 countries and 200 industries. Companies are scored in accordance with 4 themes-Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement-and 21 CSR criteria, which are based on international Sustainable Development standards.

As outlined in the Brother Group Global Charter, which is a cornerstone for all group activities, the Brother Group is promoting the building of long-term trust relationships with stakeholders that put their customers first. Given rising awareness of environmental and social issues worldwide, going forward all employees of the Brother Group will undertake the creation of social value through business activities while enhancing their awareness of ESG and SDGs.

Clarivate Top 100 Global Innovators

BIL was selected by Clarivate, a global information services firm in the United Kingdom, for “Clarivate Top 100 Global Innovators 2022” as one of the 100 companies positioned at the top of the global innovation ecosystem. This marks the fifth time that BIL has received this award since its first time in 2012.

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Clarivate Top 100 Global Innovators 2022 is a list of the world’s top 100 innovative companies and institutions, which are selected once annually based on patent data that Clarivate holds. Scores are calculated for applicable companies—which have submitted at least 500 patent applications since 2000 and registered at least 100 patents per year during the past five years—in four factors: influence, success, globalization, and technical distinctiveness. Among these factors, BIL achieved a particularly high score for success, which led to this award.

The Brother Group will continue to strive to accumulate intellectual property with high value to grow its business sustainably. At the same time, the Group will contribute to society and help protect the earth through innovation by executing its intellectual property strategy, which integrates the Group’s management and business strategies.

S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index

BIL has been selected for inclusion in "S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index"—a stock index by S&P Dow Jones Indices LCC and Tokyo Stock Exchange Inc. focusing on the environmental aspect of ESG—since 2018.

S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index

Selecting its constituents from companies in the Tokyo Stock Price Index (TOPIX), which is a leading stock index that represents the trend of Japan's market, the S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index is an index that focuses on the disclosure of environmental information and level of carbon efficiency (carbon emissions per unit of revenue) when determining the ratio of its constituents. It has been adopted by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) as a global environmental stock index from among ESG indices.

The Brother Group helps society achieve sustainable development by undertaking activities that contribute to a carbon-free society, such as appropriate disclosure of environmental information in our business operations and compliance with the recommendations by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Going forward, we will continue to adopt a positive stance toward consideration for the global environment in all aspects of our business operations.

The SOMPO Sustainability Index

BIL has been selected for inclusion in "Sompo Sustainability Index"—an index independently established by Sompo Asset Management Co., Ltd.—since 2012.

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Established in August 2012, "Sompo Sustainability Index" selects its constituents by evaluating corporate ESG based on the environmental assessment provided by Sompo Risk Management Inc. and the social and governance assessments by Integrex Inc.
This index is used to manage socially responsible investment (SRI) funds—such as pension funds and funds targeting institutional investors—which invest in equities of companies with high ESG scores.

Being selected since the index's establishment is seen as a result of continued recognition of BIL's ESG initiatives.

The Brother Group will continue to promote global CSR management from a medium- to long-term perspective to gain further trust from all stakeholders, and at the same time, aim for further business growth.

Evaluation Related to Health and Productivity Management

The 2022 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program

BIL has been certified six times since 2017 as a "White 500" enterprise with outstanding health and productivity management under the Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program, designed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and operated by the Nippon Kenko Kaigi.

Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program

The Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program honors organizations which particularly excel at implementing health and productivity management based on their efforts to address regional health issues and health promotion efforts promoted by the Nippon Kenko Kaigi. BIL was recognized under this program for its efforts to improve its workplace environment based on the results of group analysis of stress checks and to reduce the rate of employees experiencing high stress levels, as well as for its various anti-smoking measures that have reduced the smoking rate of its employees.
Thirteen Brother Group companies, including XING INC.*1, NISSEI CORPORATION*1, BETOP STAFF, LTD., BROTHER SALES, LTD., BROTHER INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION, BROTHER ENTERPRISE, LTD., BROTHER LOGITEC LTD., MIE BROTHER PRECISION INDUSTRIES, LTD., BROTHER REAL ESTATE, LTD., SHOWA SEIKI CO., LTD., B. M. INDUSTRIES, LTD., MIZUHO SEWING MACHINE CO., LTD., and BROTHER INDUSTRIAL PRINTING (JAPAN), LTD. were also recognized under this program.

In addition, BIL had been selected as one of the enterprises in the Health & Productivity Stock Selection, a program jointly conducted by METI and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), for four times since 2017.
The Health & Productivity Stock Selection Program recognizes outstanding TSE-listed enterprises that have been strategically managing their employees' health from a management perspective and presents such outstanding enterprises as attractive investment options to investors who emphasize the improvement of corporate value from a long-term perspective. In 2021, Brother Group company NISSEI CORPORATION was recognized as one of the enterprises in the Health & Productivity Stock Selection.

The Brother Group has established a framework for promoting health and productivity management with the top management of BIL as the Chief Health Officer and implemented various initiatives toward maintaining and promoting employees' health through a trinity formed by the company, Brother Industries Labor Union, and Brother Health Insurance Society. Considering the physical and mental health of every employee as an important "asset," going forward, the Group will continue to create environments where employees can work securely and healthily and promote the realization of health and productivity management.


* The term "health and productivity management" is a registered trademark of the Workshop for the Management of Health on Company and Employee, a non-profit organization.

  1. Certified as a "White 500" enterprise, a certification that is given only to the top 500 companies in the Large Enterprise Category

The best award at MHLW's first awards program to recognize good use of healthcare services

In March 2020, BIL won the best award at the first award program by Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) to recognize good use of medical care. The best award is given to an organization whose initiatives are recognized as the best among entries. MHLW has been holding this awards program, aiming to encourage and promote superior initiatives that help people properly seek medical attention. In this way, this program strives to reduce out-of-hours medical care during the night or on weekends to allow healthcare professionals to prioritize emergency patients in need of immediate treatment and to avoid overwork.

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BIL has been promoting various initiatives to enable employees to work securely based on the Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Philosophy. This award highly recognized some of the initiatives, such as equipping each workplace with an emergency response list for occupational injuries and sudden illnesses, creating an environment which allows employees to get medical attention during working time, and supporting the balance between treatment and work based on two internal guidelines, "the balance between disease treatment and work" and "the balance between fertility treatment and work."

The Brother Group will remain committed to advancing its efforts to maintain and promote employees' health.

Physical Fitness National Conference Chair Award

The Brother Health Insurance Society, which consists of 20 business sites centered around BIL, has won the "Physical Fitness National Conference Chair Award" at the FY2021 "Award for Organizational Excellence in Physical Fitness," sponsored by the Japan Sports Agency.

The Award for Organizational Excellence in Physical Fitness is an award presented by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Physical Fitness National Conference Chair to local communities and workplaces that have made outstanding achievements in improving health and nutrition as well as promoting the physical fitness movement*1.

The Brother Health Insurance Society, together with individual Brother Group companies and the Brother Industries Labor Union, has been recognized for its efforts to strategically promote the health and fitness of employees and their families by working as one to achieve the "Healthy Brother 2025*2," a set of long-term targets for employee health.

Specific initiatives include a variety of walking events such as the "Family Walk" that families can have enjoy, and the "Team DE Walk" in which employees form teams to compete in the number of steps that they take. There are also online health classes that help alleviate a lack of exercise caused by continued telecommuting and staying at home due to COVID-19, as well as the production and distribution of the Brother Group's unique "Brother Gymnastics."

The Brother Group will continue to work with the Brother Health Insurance Society to promote initiatives for health management and physical fitness maintenance for employees and their families.

  1. A movement to popularize sports and recreation
  2. In addition to BIL, 20 business sites in Japan such as BROTHER SALES, LTD., XING INC. and NISSEI CORPORATION are targeted

Sports Yell Company

BIL has been certified as a Sports Yell Company by the Japan Sports Agency since 2019.

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Sports Yell Company is a program where the Japan Sports Agency certifies companies that strive to create environments conducive to sports for those in the prime of their lives, who tend to lack exercise due to office work, housework, and raising children.

One of the initiatives recognized this time was the sports carnival held online jointly with the Brother Health Insurance Society and Brother Industries Labor Union, which included exercises to relieve stiff shoulders using Kungfu and tai chi. Other activities include the Brother Group's unique "Brother Gymnastics" video that featured the President himself that was produced in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Vietnamese and distributed to Brother's facilities.

Going forward, the Brother Group will continue to actively find ways to get employees interested in sports and provide opportunities for them to exercise.

Cancer Control Promotion Partner Award

BIL has won the Cancer Control Partner Award (Information Provision Category) at the FY2021 awards for companies promoting cancer control of the Action Plan for Promotion of Cancer Control, a project commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

The Action Plan for Promotion of Cancer Control is a project commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare that promotes the importance of cancer screening in cooperation with companies, with the aim of increasing the national rate of people undergoing cancer screening to over 50%.

This year’s award recognizes the efforts of Brother to increase the cancer screening rate, one of the long-term targets of “Healthy Brother 2025” for employee health, by launching the “Cancer Prevention Stamp Rally” in FY2020 to provide cancer-related information to a large number of employees.
The Cancer Prevention Stamp Rally is an initiative in which participants earn stamps on the stamp cards on their smartphones by reading cancer-related materials and participating in cancer quizzes and health seminars and can apply for privileges using the stamps earned. From FY2021, the program was expanded to include not only employees of Brother but also employees of other Brother Group companies in Japan.

The Brother Group will continue its efforts to increase the health literacy of its employees while also creating a supportive work environment that enables employees to balance work with medical treatment in the event that they become ill.

Evaluation Regarding the Promotion of the Success of Women, Support for Child-rearing, etc.

Activity field Conditions for certification
Reasons for award
Certification/award logo
Promotion of the success of women Company that, toward promoting the success of women, in addition to declaration by top management, expansion of recruitment, expansion of job areas, development, and appointment to managerial positions, undertakes initiatives such as promoting work-life balance and creating environments that allow working while taking care of children/family
Aichi Prefecture's "Aichi Women's Brilliance Company" logo
Aichi Prefecture's "Aichi Women's Brilliance Company"
Nagoya City's "Company promoting the advancement of women" logo
Nagoya City's "Company promoting the advancement of women"
Support for child-rearing Company that supports child-rearing and is conducive to work by establishing working environment for after marriage and childbirth
"Kurumin" certified enterprise logo
"Kurumin" certified enterprise (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
Nagoya City's "Company supporting child-rearing" logo
Nagoya City's "Company supporting child-rearing"
Balance between work and childcare/family care Company that undertakes initiatives such as having a variety of systems and creating workplace environments that allow workers to choose diverse and flexible working styles so that it is possible to balance between work and childcare/family care
Aichi family-friendly company logo
Aichi family-friendly company
Working environment favorable for balancing work with long-term care logo
Working environment favorable for balancing work with long-term care (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
Balance between work and medical treatment Company that supports balance between medical treatment and work so that workers with illnesses—such as cancer, brain or heart problems, and diabetes—or facing infertility issues can work with peace of mind while continuing with treatment
Aichi Prefecture's "Company promoting work and treatment balance" logo
Aichi Prefecture's "Company promoting work and treatment balance"
MHLW's award program to recognize good use of healthcare services logo
1st award program to recognize good use of healthcare services (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

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