Resource Circulation and Waste Reduction



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Brother Group Environmental Vision 2050

The vision aims to ensure sustainable use of resources in business operations and minimize the environmental impact due to wastes.


Toward 2050, the Brother Group will maximize resource circulation to ensure the sustainable use of resources and to minimize the environmental impact due to wastes.
Main efforts: Expansion of cyclical businesses, reuse of products and parts, use of recycled materials, etc.

Progress Toward Resource Circulation and Waste Reduction Targets

The medium-term targets aims to reduce the consumption of resources for main products, achieve efficient use of water resources, and ensure proper treatment of wastewater.

Medium-term target for FY2030

  1. Reduce the ratio of virgin materials used in products*1 to 65% or less*2 by FY2030 through the expansion of circular-economy-based businesses and materials recycling.
  2. The group's manufacturing facilities continuously endeavor to ensure efficient use of water resources and proper treatment of wastewater.
  1. Including packaging materials
  2. Applies to the Printing and Solutions Business, Personal and Home Business, and Machinery Business

Resource Circulation and Waste Reduction Initiatives

The Brother Group promotes resource circulation to address the environmental issues resulting from resource use, such as depletion of natural resources and pollution by waste, etc. From FY2019 to FY2020, the amount of waste decreased as a result of continuous waste reduction initiatives and a reduction in the operation of manufacturing facilities due to COVID-19. In FY2021, the amount of waste increased as a result of increased production, mainly driven by the steady growth of the Machinery Business and the Printing and Solutions Business. On the other hand, in February 2022, the Brother Group revised the medium-term target for FY2030 regarding the resource circulation target in order to further promote resource circulation initiatives and conduct business operations compatible with a circular economy. The Brother Group aims to reduce the ratio of virgin materials in the total amount of materials used in products to 65% or less through the expansion of circular-economy-based businesses such as subscription-based businesses and materials recycling such as the utilization of recycled and reused materials for products. The Brother Group will promote resource circulation and waste reduction throughout the entire value chain by accelerating initiatives to achieve this target.

Changes in production-related waste volume

Exploring recycling possibilities for the sake of the future global environment

In Europe, we started a recycling program in 2004 by adopting newly developed recycling-compatible toner cartridges.
Thanks to an automated recycling system we introduced, we are able to offer the same high quality in recycled cartridges, as well.
In 2014, the Brother Group received two prestigious awards in the 2014 Responsible Business Awards given out by Business in the Community, a U.K.-based NPO. The group's contribution to communities and the environment was recognized.

video of "Toner Cartridges Recycling"

Contents of SDGs STORY

The Brother Group's Water Usage Reduction Activities

Securing safe water resources is an important environmental challenge for the global community. The Brother Group has been monitoring all of our sites regularly, evaluating water risks at each site every year, and working to reduce water consumption to fulfill our responsibilities as an operator of manufacturing facilities in many countries and regions. At the 13 facilities with relatively higher water consumption, we also formulate water management plans and implement various initiatives.
In FY2022, we formulated the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2024 (effective from 2022 to 2024), setting a target to reduce water withdrawal at manufacturing facilities from the FY2021 level (per unit of sales), and we are committed to reducing water usage.
In FY2021, we continued to take measures including reducing toilet water usage, switching to water-saving taps, as well as new recycling efforts, such as using water treated at wastewater treatment facilities that meets the standards in toilets. Furthermore, there were production adjustments due to the impact of COVID-19. Therefore, there was a reduction in the amount of water withdrawal by 21.8% from the FY2018 level (per unit of sales).
Since FY2020, we started reusing the cooling tower water at Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. and Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd. to improve the rate of water recycling.

Water circulation efforts at Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd.

Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. (BMX) is located in an area with relatively high water risk since water resources are not abundant there. In FY2018, as part of an effort to circulate water, BMX installed a rainwater collection tank inside its site and is continuing to use the collected water for maintaining greenery.

Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd.

Results of "Water Consumption" from FY2018 through FY2021 (graph)

  • Revised the calculation based on the unit-of-sales ratio.

Scope of aggregation

After FY2018
Eight business sites in Japan (head office of Brother Industries, Ltd., Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility, Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, and Logistics Center), Nissei Corporation, Mie Brother Precision Industries, Ltd., Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd., Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o., Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd., Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd., Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd., Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd., Brother Industries (Philippines), Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd., Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. * and Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd., Inc.
  • Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. ceased production on December 23, 2020.

Water Intake, Wastewater Volume, Volume of Water Recycled

FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Water intake(m3) Clean water 669,888 550,645 504,122 506,166
Industrial water 0 0 0 0
Underground water 99,816 100,557 87,474 111,697
Wastewater volume(m3) River 223,764 190,703 179,782 170,392
Sewer system 448,096 382,111 338,746 372,721
Other 422 251 1,177 150
Volume of water recycled(m3) 288 421 3,759 2,978
Percent of water recycled(%) 0.0 0.1 0.7 0.5

The scope of aggregation was directly related to the product range.
For the list of applicable sites, see page 5 of "Material balance" [PDF/352KB].

CDP Water Security 2022 Report

CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) is an international non-profit environmental organization founded in 2000, whose disclosure system has become the global standard for environmental disclosure in the world economy.
CDP's environmental data is used by financial markets, policy initiatives, and various other stakeholders.
Brother Industries, Ltd. has been participating in CDP Climate Change since 2011 and CDP Water Security since 2015, and responding to the questionnaires.

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