Global trend toward sustainable development
In September 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted at the United Nations summit. The agenda sets out the Sustainable Development Goals from 2016 to 2030 (which define the ideal situation of the world) to put the world on the path toward sustainable development. The development goals require action to cope with worsening environmental issues such as global warming, pollution, and biodiversity loss.
Promising active and continuous efforts
The Brother Group Global Charter ("Global Charter") was established in 1999 to provide the foundation for all Brother Group activities in the global marketplace. In the Global Charter, the Brother Group promises to play its part to help society achieve sustainable development by actively and continuously considering the environmental impact of all aspects of its operations. In 2010, the Brother Group created the "Brother Earth" slogan, and has been accelerating its efforts, including biodiversity conservation with stakeholders, based on a unified message of "Working with you for a better environment."
Results of the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2015 (2011-2015)
We identified important issues and set ambitious targets under the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2015 (2011-2015). We actively acquired environmental labels in respective countries, disclosed environmental information about new products, and continuously upgraded our framework to quickly meet new laws and regulations enacted in different regions. We protected the ecosystems of forests and oceans at more than 100 locations around the world, involving 43 facilities of the Brother Group. Notably, regarding reduction of CO2 emissions, manufacturing facilities outside Japan attained the mid-term targets for FY2020 (April 1, 2020-March 31, 2021), and have started to actively work on Scopes 1, 2 and 3. Thus, steady progress has been made in collaboration with stakeholders.
Ensuring a long and successful future
In March 2016, the Brother Group formulated the Mid-Term Business Strategy "CS B2018" based on the Brother Group Global Charter as a roadmap for achieving the mid- to long-term corporate vision, Global Vision 21. We will step up our efforts to fulfill the Brother Group Environmental Action Plan 2018 (2016-2018) (environmental activity guidelines for CS B2018) in order to further enhance the value of the Brother brand as one that customers can trust; be a company that group employees are truly proud to be a part of; and one that has a long successful future.