Brother Group Environmental Vision 2050

Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2021



Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2021

Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2021 (2019-2021)

Basic policy

The Brother Group shall proactively promote the following initiatives with its stakeholders to solve the key issues set in "the Brother Group Environmental Vision 2050" :

  • Create eco-conscious products
  • Reduce CO2 emissions in the entire value chain
  • Strengthen resource circulation in our business activities
  • Reduce the burdens of business operations on the ecosystem and expand conservation activities
  • Address social requirements properly in addition to compliance with environmental laws and regulations

Environmental targets based on the basic policy (2019-2021) and achievements in FY2020

1. Activities at Brother facilities

  1. Reduction of CO2 emissions (Scope 1 and 2)
  2. Reduction of water consumption
  3. Waste reduction
  4. Obtainment of ISO 14001 certification and reconstruction of the environmental management system
  5. Legal compliance and response to social requirements
  6. Assessment of impact on the ecosystem
  7. Biodiversity conservation
  • The numbers in "Environmental targets" in the chart below correspond to the numbers in the text above.
Environmental targets* Achievements in FY2020 Self-evaluation
1-1 Achieved a 17.6% reduction from FY2018. (Absolute value) Significantly achieved
1-2 Achieved a 25.5% reduction from FY2018. (Per unit of sales) Significantly achieved
1-3 Achieved a 19.1% reduction from FY2018. (Absolute value) Significantly achieved
1-4 Started integrated activities for environmental management system so as to obtain multi-site certification together with consolidated subsidiary BROTHER LOGITEC LTD. Plan to obtain multi-site certification in October 2021. Achieved
1-5 Conducted response to legal compliance in accordance with ISO 14001. In addition, deployed various measures and achieved reduction of greenhouse gases which are thought to be the causes of climate change. Achieved
1-6 To identify processes in the value chain where business operations have significant impact on ecosystems, the LIME2 method (second edition of Japan's version of life cycle environmental impact evaluation method based on damage assessment) is used to carry out quantitative evaluation of environmental impact on ecosystems and create a relationship map between biodiversity and business operations. This was only done for communications and printing equipment in the previous fiscal year, but the scope will be expanded to typical products in all businesses—except the Domino Business—and the results will be disclosed. -
1-7 To expand activities for biodiversity conservation, which is an important theme of the Brother Group Environmental Vision 2050, a new "Biodiversity Conservation 5R Award" was added to "the Environmental 5R Awards" —an internal commendation system—since FY2019 to encourage group companies to undertake activities. In FY2020, the actual state of biodiversity conservation across the entire Group was surveyed, and environmental awards were presented to 15 sites that had implemented especially excellent initiatives. Achieved

2. Activities related to products

  1. Reduction of CO2 emissions (Scope 3)
  2. Promotion of reuse and recycle
  3. Promotion of environmentally friendly design
  4. Legal compliance and response to social requirements
Environmental targets Achievements in FY2020 Self-evaluation
2-1 Brother has built a system where CO2 reduction targets (compared to existing models) are set for each product in the upstream stages of new product development and product development is carried out aimed at those targets. Following the Printing & Solutions Business in FY2019, reduction activities were started for the Personal & Home Business, Machinery Business, and Network & Contents Business. Achieved
2-2 To reduce the consumption of new natural resources, targets were established to increase the use of recycled plastic in printing equipment—which uses a lot of plastic—and reduce plastic packaging material. Product development was undertaken based on these targets. Achieved
2-3 In the product group of Communications and Printing Equipment, environmentally friendly design was promoted from the initial stages of product planning and development, and management complying with environmental labelling standards were carried out. As a result, products met the standards for environmentally friendly products—such as "the Blue Angel" in Germany, "the Eco Mark" in Japan, and "EPEAT" in the United States—and were certified/registered under these standards. In addition, products also met the newly introduced social requirements of Blue Angel, and preparations have started for further detailed disclosure in the next fiscal year regarding the fulfilling of human rights consideration obligation in materials making up products and at manufacturing sites. Achieved
2-4 Ensured proper compliance with all environmental laws and regulations—including new laws and regulations that came into effect in the respective countries and regions—regarding chemical substances contained in products, laws and regulations on recycling of waste electrical/electronic equipment and packaging materials, and energy-saving regulations on products. Achieved

3. Environmental communication

  1. Information disclosure
  2. Collaboration with suppliers
  3. Environmental education 
Environmental targets Achievements in FY2020 Self-evaluation
3-1 Revamped the special website on the environment ( into the SDGs special site Brother SDGs STORY. Made clear the achievement of which SDG is being contributed to by the environmental activities conducted by the Brother Group and worked to improve engagement with stakeholders.
Worked to enhance "the Brother Group's environmental activity report" from the perspective of ESG information disclosure, such as response to TCFD recommendations and announcement of ESG information indexes.
3-2 Collaborated with suppliers to promote green procurement.
Conducted audits on suppliers in Japan and overseas—which number more than 400—regarding their management systems for chemical substances contained in products. For suppliers with issues pointed out as a result of the audits, follow-up audits were conducted on corrective and improvement measures after they have been implemented. Out of these, 25 suppliers in Japan and overseas were visited and given guidance anew.
3-3 Continued to promote "the Brother Eco Point Program" within the Brother Group.
Continued to implement measures to improve the environmental awareness of employees using the internal commendation program, information dissemination via the intranet and email newsletters, e-learning, and internal lectures.

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