Environmental Management Framework



Environmental Management Framework

Globally managing environmental issues throughout the group, led by the Environmental Committee

The Brother Group promotes global environmental conservation according to the Brother Group Environmental Policy. Specifically, the officer in charge of environmental affairs instructs respective departments at head office as well as divisions and function centers through the Environmental Committee (the supreme committee responsible for promoting environmental management) to determine policies and implement measures.

Brother Group environmental management framework

Brother Group environmental management framework

Brother Industries, Ltd. Governance Structure

EMS (environmental management system) Committee (secretariat: Law, Environment & General Affairs Dept.)

This committee has control over the EMS organizations set up in the head office and manufacturing facilities in Japan. The committee monitors ISO 14001 operations at these facilities and compliance with laws and regulations in Japan, while constantly following up improvement activities. When a major issue regarding facility management occurs, the committee convenes to work on solving the problem. It also actively undertakes measures such as information sharing through email and other means.

Respective business sites and major group companies

These entities have dedicated staff responsible for environmental conservation activities. The staff members identify and report (i) progress in fulfilling specific policies and targets set by the Environmental Committee and (ii) compliance with rules for environmental management.

Environmental Issues Review Committee (secretariat: Law, Environment & General Affairs Dept.)

This committee draws up and reviews specific policies and measures relating to products' eco-compliance, company-wide projects, and environment-related regulations. In principle, the committee meets twice each year and convenes additional sessions as necessary. It also actively undertakes measures such as information sharing through email and other means.

Working Groups (WGs)

The following working groups in Japan serve as task forces responsible for their respective themes.

  • Product Design WG: Reviews and determines various standards and targets (such as CO2 emission reduction and recycling) for eco-friendly product design.
  • Chemical Substances in Products WG: Ensures compliance with regulations on chemical substances contained in products, primarily the RoHS Directive.
  • Environmental Operation Process WG: Addresses the establishment of eco-compliance operations and environmental information systems for the entire group.

Environmental Communication Promotion Framework

The Brother Group established "working on activities to enhance the environmental brand image under the environmental slogan 'Brother Earth'" as the basic policy for environmental communication in the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2021 (2019-2021). The CSR & Corporate Communication Department takes the initiative to promote environmental activities at facilities around the world.

Environmental Management System

Practicing the PDCA cycle in line with ISO 14001

Under our mid-term management plan, the Brother Group creates the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan every three to five years, based on which Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) and manufacturing and sales facilities in respective countries set annual plans and carry out environmental activities as part of their business operations. The progress and performance (results) of plans are checked based on reports from and internal audits on each facility, and the findings are then reflected when planning for the following year.

In operating the environmental management system for environmental conservation activities, compliance with laws, regulations, and standards is ensured, and the ISO 14001-based PDCA (Plan - Do - Check - Act) cycle is practiced.

ISO 14001 certification has been obtained by all group manufacturing facilities*, with Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. being the first to be certified in 1996. Brother U.K. Ltd., a sales facility in the U.K., obtained certification in 2005, followed by other many sales facilities.

  • When a new business site is established, activities are implemented in compliance with ISO 14001 upon commencement of operations, and ISO 14001 certification is immediately obtained.

Internal audit and external review

The Brother Group annually conducts internal audits to confirm that manufacturing facilities in and outside Japan effectively follow the environmental management system in conformance with ISO 14001. The Brother Group is also subject to external review for ISO 14001 (environmental management system) certification.

For facilities in Japan, internal audits are conducted by the Law, Environment & General Affairs Department of BIL. For overseas facilities, internal audits are conducted by departments in charge of environmental affairs at the respective facilities. Internal audits are conducted to check compliance with relevant laws and regulations, the progress of annual plans, the effectiveness of the environmental management system, and consistency with ISO standards. Corrective measures are implemented immediately when any nonconformance is found, and the effectiveness of such corrective measures is checked by follow-up audits. Audit results in Japan, together with the status of legal compliance and performance (results), are presented to the Environmental Committee.

In the annual internal audit and external review, it was confirmed that the PDCA cycle is being practiced properly.

Environmental training for employees

The Brother Group's ISO 14001-certified facilities offer environmental training programs for all employees as well as job specific training related to specific tasks and functions.

Examples include environmental training programs for all new recruits joining Brother; e-learning-based environmental training programs for all employees; training programs for production and procurement staff at manufacturing facilities in and outside of Japan, for example, the management of chemical substances contained in products, process control guidance and auditing at suppliers. Essential environmental training is periodically provided to raise eco-awareness and facilitate operations.

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