Sustainability

Sustainability

ESG Data

Sustainability

Common Data

The Brother Group Global Charter

FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
The Brother Group Global Charter Established in 1999
Number of available languages 27 languages 28 languages 28 languages
Number of dialogues between top management and employees More than 2,500 times About 3,000 times About 4,000 times

Numbers of facilities/Sales revenue

FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Manufacturing facilities and sales facilities In more than 40 countries and regions
Sales revenue (Consolidated) 683,972 million yen 637,259 million yen 631,812 million yen
Sales revenue by region Japan 18.2% 19.2% 15.7%
The Americas 30.5% 31.4% 31.8%
Europe 26.4% 27.4% 28.2%
Asia & Others 24.9% 22.1% 24.3%

Evaluation by external entities

FTSE4Good Index Series Included since June 2020
FTSE Blossom Japan Index Included since June 2020
MSCI Japan Empowering Women (WIN) Select Index Included since November 2019
SOMPO Sustainability Index Included since 2012
Health & Productivity Stock Selection Program Recognized in 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021
Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization Certified since 2017

Environmental-related Data (E)

Material balance

The Brother Group's manufacturing facilities are engaged in processing and assembly to manufacture products.
The environmental impacts (including resource consumption, CO2 emissions, and waste generated) associated with all business operations are quantitatively monitored and summarized to reduce environmental impacts.

Resource utilization and material production/emissions from FY2016 through FY2020

Resource and energy inputs

Resource consumption and product raw materials Total energy consumption Volume of crude petroleum equivalent Water consumption

  • The resource consumption product raw materials data for FY2018 was scrutinized and revised from 242,000 to 229,000 tons.

Material production/emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions Wastewater volume and volume recycled Production-related waste and volume recycled

The scope of aggregation was directly related to the product range.
For the list of applicable sites, see "Material balance" [PDF/240KB].

Reduction of CO2 emissions

Scope 1, 2, and 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions according to ISO 14064 from FY2016 through FY2020

Category CO2 emissions in t-CO2 equivalent
FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Scope 1: Direct emissions 72,819 67,068 21,622 17,363 18,356
Scope 2: Indirect emissions from energy use Location-based 123,093 122,220 120,199 107,833 98,508
Market-based 122,244 118,524 122,599 107,285 98,685
Scope 3: Other indirect emissions 3,001,247 3,522,096 3,293,722 2,809,046 2,752,567
C1 Purchased goods and services 1,396,926 1,613,936 1,559,654 1,351,272 1,302,661
C2 Capital goods 59,849 68,872 57,780 56,658 75,897
C3 Fuel- and energy-related activities 10,305 11,334 12,247 10,955 10,987
C4 Upstream transportation and distribution 86,629 70,416 83,395 80,691 103,148
C5 Waste generated in operations 3,357 3,452 2,960 3,680 4,138
C6 Business travel 4,895 4,528 4,414 3,663 1,558
C7 Employee commuting 14,326 15,689 15,557 14,247 14,698
C8 Upstream leased assets 4,312 7,211 6,288 5,176 4,642
C9 Downstream transportation and distribution 18,238 16,017 16,534 15,312 14,671
C10 Processing of sold products - - - - -
C11 Use of sold products 1,153,210 1,426,816 1,240,830 998,441 968,174
C12 End of life treatment of sold products 247,470 282,000 292,281 267,207 250,107
C13 Downstream leased assets 1,729 1,729 1,742 1,742 1,886
C14 Franchises - 97 39 - -
C15 Investments - - - - -
Total of Scopes 1, 2, and 3 Location-based 3,197,159 3,711,384 3,435,543 2,934,242 2,869,431
Market-based 3,196,310 3,707,688 3,437,943 2,933,694 2,869,608

The sources of emission factors for the location-based method are as follows:

  • IEA, "CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion 2018"
  • GHG Protocol, Calculation Tools
  • DEFRA
  • As the method of calculation for Scope 3's C1, C11, and C12 was changed in 2021, verification was carried out going back to FY2015 (base year).

Scope

External assurance

Resource circulation and waste reduction

Water-related data at main business sites from FY2016 through FY2020

Water intake, wastewater volume, volume of water recycled

FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Water intake(m3) Clean water 781,998 786,318 669,888 550,645 504,122
Industrial water 8,668 0 0 0 0
Underground water 85,769 98,842 99,816 100,557 87,474
Wastewater volume(m3) River 317,647 259,441 223,764 190,703 179,782
Sewer system 467,564 526,403 448,096 382,111 338,746
Others 428 423 422 251 1,177
Volume of water recycled(m3) 90 552 288 421 3,759
Percent of water recycled(%) 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.7

The scope of aggregation was directly related to the product range.
For the list of applicable sites, see "Material balance" [PDF/240KB].

Water pollution load*

FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Water pollution load(t) BOD 11.1 40.4 19.6 25.0 37.8
COD 28.6 68.1 40.4 46.1 95.3
N-hexane extracts 0.7 1.2 0.6 0.5 0.7
SS 57.4 25.0 44.1 13.8 29.4

The scope of aggregation was directly related to the product range.
For the list of applicable sites, see "Material balance" [PDF/240KB].

  • The calculation method was revised.

Biodiversity conservation

Pollution prevention and chemical substance management

Creating eco-conscious products

Social-Related Data (S)

Product safety

Basic Product Safety Policies Established in 2008

Business partners

FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Procurement Policy and CSR Procurement Standards Established in 2008
Green Procurement Started in 2001
Supplier meeting Participated in by approximately 372 companies and 670 individuals in total Participated in by approximately 460 companies and 900 individuals in total Conducted online Participated in by 129 companies and 217 individuals
CSR questionnaire Conducted every three years since 2012

Diversity/Supporting work-life balance*1

FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Number of employees *2 3,865 (Male:3,081 / Female:784) 3,800 (Male:3,026 / Female:774) 3,803 (Male:3,024 / Female:779)
Percentage of female employees in total workforce *2 20.3% 20.4% 20.5%
Average years employed by the company *2,3 17.1 (Male:17.2 / Female:16.8) 17.2 (Male:17.2 / Female:17.2) 17.3 (Male:17.2 / Female:17.7)
Percentage difference in average employment years for female to male employees *2,3 -2.3% 0.0% 2.9%
Total number of employees in senior management *2 853 (Male:819 / Female:34) 839 (Male:804 / Female:35) 832 (Male:794 / Female:38)
Percentage of female in senior management *2 3.99% 4.17% 4.57%
Total number of newly hired employees *3,4 83 (Male:64 / Female:19) 81 (Male:66 / Female:15) 74 (Male:57 / Female:17)
Percentage of female employees in new hires *3,4 22.9% 18.5% 23.0%
Percentage of employees that are contractors or temporary staff 12.6% 17.0% 17.2%
Voluntary turnover rates / Number of employees leaving *3,5 1.4% / 54 1.3% / 50 1.0% / 39
Employment rate of persons with disabilities *6 2.18% (including 13 Brother Group companies in Japan*7 2.04%) 2.03% (including 13 Brother Group companies in Japan*7 2.11%) 2.17% (including 13 Brother Group companies in Japan*7 2.17%)
Number of employees on childcare leave *8 73 (Male:35 / Female:38) 74 (Male:41 / Female:33) 99 (Male:63 / Female:36)
Percentage of employees on childcare leave Male:24.1% / Female:100.0% Male:32.8% / Female:100.0% Male:54.8% / Female:100.0%
Number of employees on family-care leave *8 5 (Male:1 / Female:4) 3 (Male:2 / Female:1) 2 (Male:1 / Female:1)
Number of employees using the short-time working system for childcare 177 (Male:9 / Female:168) 176 (Male:7 / Female:169) 184 (Male:10 / Female:174)
Number of employees using the short-time working system for family-care 3 (Male:0 / Female:3) 6 (Male:1 / Female:5) 5 (Male:2 / Female:3)
Number of employees on nursing care leave 33 (Male:7 / Female:26) 28 (Male:7 / Female:21) 13 (Male:3 / Female:10)
Number of employees using the homeworking system 78 (Male:7 / Female:71) 226 (Male:111 / Female:115) 2,171 (Male:1,805 / Female:366)
  1. Brother Industries, Ltd.
  2. As of March 31 of each FY
  3. Doesn’t include incoming seconded employees, temporary employees or fixed-term employees
  4. As of April 1 of each FY
  5. Employees who resigned for personal reasons
  6. Includes incoming seconded employees but not temporary employees or fixed-term employees
  7. BROTHER INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION, BROTHER SALES, LTD., BROTHER ENTERPRISE, LTD., BROTHER LOGITEC LTD., XING INC., STANDARD CORP., TEICHIKU ENTERTAINMENT, INC., NISSEI CORPORATION, BROTHER REAL ESTATE, LTD., BROTHER LIVING SERVICE CO., LTD., BETOP STAFF, LTD., BROTHER INDUSTRIAL PRINTING (JAPAN), LTD.
  8. Number of employees who took leave in the respective year

Safety, health and disaster prevention/Health and productivity management

FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Number of occupational injuries reported at manufacturing facilities 20 14 18
Yearly incident rate ((number of incidents/number of employees) x 1,000) at manufacturing facilities 0.77 0.57 0.66
Brother Safety and Prevention Convention Held every year since 2008
The Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Philosophy Established in 2016

Local communities

FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Tokai Young Entrepreneur Seminar (Brother Industries, Ltd.) Supported by Brother Industries, Ltd. since 2008
Employees' participation in the Golden Ring Project At 20 facilities At 23 facilities Suspended
Amount of donations to registered not-for-profit organizations (Brother Industries, Ltd.) 8,229,163 yen 10,699,112 yen 3,472,020 yen
The Kizuna Fund Number of employees who participated 278 152 97
Amount of donations 2,506,607 yen 5,050,216 yen 1,524,950 yen
Number of pro bono participants (Brother Industries, Ltd.) Target 3 employees 3 employees 3 employees
Achievement 3 employees 3 employees 3 employees

Governance-Related Data (G)

Corporate governance

FY2018*1 FY2019*2 FY2020*3
Number of directors Total 11 11 11
Outside directors (included in total) 5 5 5
Percentage/Number of female directors on the board Percentage 9.1% 9.1% 9.1%
Number 1 1 1
Number of statutory auditors Total 5 5 5
Outside auditors (included in total) 3 3 3
Number of directors, statutory auditors and executive officers Total 32 34 31
Female officers (included in total) 2 2 2
Non-Japanese officers (included in total) 0 2 2
The Brother Group Principles of Social Responsibility Established in 2012
Global internal audit meeting Started in 2010
Group Information Management Regulation Established in 2015 (The information management regulation of Brother Industries, Ltd. was established in 2008.)
  1. As of June 24, 2019
  2. As of June 24, 2020
  3. As of June 23, 2021

Shareholders*

FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Financial results briefing Held four times a year
Shareholder newsletter Issued twice a year (The full-year newsletter is integrated with the convocation notice of a general shareholders' meeting, and the second-quarter newsletter is published only in Japanese.)

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