CSR Management

Participation in External Initiatives


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.

UN Global Compact Logo

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.

The 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact
Human Rights 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.
Labour 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.
Environment 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 an international industry organization that promotes corporate social responsibility through establishment of sustainable supply chains. BIL joined RBA in January 2019.

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 monitor 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.

The RBA Code of Conduct Version 7.0 (2021)
  1. Freely Chosen Employment
  2. Young Workers
  3. Working Hours
  4. Wages and Benefits
  5. Humane Treatment
  6. Non-Discrimination/Non-Harassment
  7. Freedom of Association
  1. Occupational Safety
  2. Emergency Preparedness
  3. Occupational Injury and Illness
  4. Industrial Hygiene
  5. Physically Demanding Work
  6. Machine Safeguarding
  7. Sanitation, Food, and Housing
  8. Health and Safety Communication
  1. Environmental Permits and Reporting
  2. Pollution Prevention and Resource Reduction
  3. Hazardous Substances
  4. Solid Waste
  5. Air Emissions
  6. Materials Restrictions
  7. Water Management
  8. Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  1. Business Integrity
  2. No Improper Advantage
  3. Disclosure of Information
  4. Intellectual Property
  5. Fair Business, Advertising and Competition
  6. Protection of Identity and Non-Retaliation
  7. Responsible Sourcing of Minerals
  8. Privacy
  1. Company Commitment
  2. Management Accountability and Responsibility
  3. Legal and Customer Requirements
  4. Risk Assessment and Risk Management
  5. Improvement Objectives
  6. Training
  7. Communication
  8. Worker Feedback, Participation and Grievance
  9. Audits and Assessments
  10. Corrective Action Process
  11. Documentation and Records
  12. Supplier Responsibility

TCFD Recommendations

In February 2020, the Brother Group expressed our support for the recommendations made by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).


In FY2020, for our Printing & Solutions Business, Personal & Home Business, Machinery Business, and new business, we analyzed the risks and opportunities that climate change brings to our business and disclosed relevant information. In the future, we will expand the scope of analysis, such as to our Domino Business, and work to enhance our information disclosure.
The Brother Group aims to continue to promote further measures for mitigating climate change to contribute toward creating a carbon-free society.

Brother to Comply with the Recommendations by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (February 12, 2020)
  • The above is a link to a news release.

Eco-First Commitments

Eco-First Commitments-logo

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.

To visit Eco-First Program website  (the link to the site of the Ministry of the Environment)

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