United Nations Global Compact
The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is a voluntary initiative by businesses and organizations which was proposed by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1999 and launched in 2000 to actualize sustainable growth.
In February 2020, Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) showed its support for the initiative and the president and representative director signed the agreement to participate in UNGC. Through compliance with the UNGC's 10 principles focusing on four different areas: human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, all the respective Brother Group employees will continue to maintain high awareness of social issues and to pursue activities to become a company that contributes to sustainable development of society further.
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
|Anti-corruption||Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.|
Responsible Business Alliance
The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is a non-profit organization* that supports the rights and well-being of workers and communities that are affected by global supply chains. BIL joined RBA in January 2019. In 2022, BROTHER INDUSTRIES (VIETNAM) LTD., one of the main manufacturing facilities of the Printing & Solutions Business, has become the first in the Brother Group to obtain Gold certification.
The RBA Code of Conducts sets out standards to ensure that working conditions are safe, that workers are treated with respect and dignity, and that business operations are conducted environmentally responsibly and ethically. The organization requests
its members to pursue compliance with the respective standards through their management systems.
As a member of the RBA, BIL, will assess manufacturing processes of the entire group from global perspectives and propel activities to establish sustainable supply chains further to become a company trusted by all the stakeholders.
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- Click to view about RBA (the link to the site of "RBA")
- Click to view of the RBA Code of Conduct Version 7.0 (2021) (the link to the site of "RBA Code of Conduct 7.0 (2021)")
- Founded in 2004 as the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), and renamed RBA in 2017
In February 2020, the Brother Group expressed our support for the recommendations made by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
In FY2021, based on the TCFD's recommendations, we analyzed the risks and opportunities that climate change brings to our business and disclosed relevant information for our Printing & Solutions Business, Personal & Home Business, Machinery Business, and new business. In the future, we will expand the scope of analysis, such as to our Domino Business, and work to enhance our information disclosure. At the same time, we will promote further measures for mitigating climate change to contribute toward creating a carbon-free society.
- Climate Change Response (Disclosure Based on TCFD Recommendations)
- To visit TCFD website (the link to the site of "TCFD")
Japan Climate Initiative
In February 2020, BIL joined the Japan Climate Initiative* in support of its declaration: "Joining the front line of the global push for decarbonization from Japan."
- The Japan Climate Initiative is a network designed to strengthen the exchange of information and opinions among corporations, municipalities, NGOs, and others actively addressing climate change in Japan.
Japan Partnership for Circular Economy (J4CE)
In August 2022, BIL joined the Japan Partnership for Circular Economy (J4CE)* founded by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), in support of its purpose.
- J4CE is an organization founded for the purpose of strengthening public and private partnerships, with the aim of further fostering understanding of the circular economy among a wide range of stakeholders, including domestic companies, and promoting initiatives in response to the accelerating global trend toward a circular economy.
Green x Digital Consortium
In October 2021, BIL participated in the Green x Digital Consortium established by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA). The Green x Digital Consortium promotes corporate carbon neutrality and optimization activities coordinated with the times of industry and society.
BIL is demonstrating leadership within the industry by serving as a sub-leader of the Methodology Sub-Working Group, which establishes a framework for CO2 data calculation and sharing methods.
BIL has been responding to the Climate Change and Water Security Questionnaires by CDP* since 2015.
- CDP is a British NGO that operates a global disclosure system to help investors, companies, cities, states and regions manage their environmental impacts.
BIL is certified under the Eco-First Program.
The Eco-First Program is a certification program by the Minister of the Environment. Under this program, companies make voluntary promises regarding environmental conservation—such as global warming measures and measures related to waste and recycling—to the Minister of the Environment, who certifies these companies as companies conducting business activities that are advanced, unique, and industry-leading in the environmental field.