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Brother is committed to being a responsible, ethical and sustainable business, implemented through our policies, codes of practice and Brother Group Global Charter.

As a company, we pledge to contribute towards achieving sustainable development by considering the environmental impact of all our business operations.

As individuals, we strive to be eco-conscious in our actions and ensure corporate social responsibility lies at the heart of our working practices.


Social and Ethical Policy

Brother is proud of its fair and respectable working practices, built on solid foundations of trust and integrity. Our Ethical Policy and internal Brother Group Global Charter guide our relationships with stakeholders, ensure global consistency in our decisions, actions and behaviour, and help us achieve our "At your side" philosophy in everything we do.

 

Global Charter

Brother Earth

Working with you for a better environment


At Brother, we take our environmental responsibilities seriously, and encourage our customers to do the same.

With your help, we can continue to minimise our impact on the environment.

 

Brother Earth

Environmental Policy

Brother strives to positively and continuously act to decrease the environmental impact and increase the sustainability of our business operations. Our environmental performance is considered at every stage of a product's life cycle, from design, development and manufacturing to customer usage, disposal and recycling.

 

Environmental Policy

Product and compliance

REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment by implementing regulations for all European companies.

As a responsible and environmentally conscious company, Brother fulfils REACH regulations by gathering information on the properties of chemical substances and registering substances used in our products according to REACH deadlines.

 

REACH Documentation

ISO, or the International Organisation for Standardisation, is the world’s largest developer of standards to make industry more efficient and effective.

We at Brother believe holding the ISO 14001 accreditation for Environmental Management is important to show our commitment to reducing our environmental impact.

 

ISO 14001:2015 Certificate

As an environmentally responsible company, we comply with the following European legislations on waste: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.

Following the WEEE Directive, Brother machines are designed with the recycling and recovery of materials in mind, and we have established systems for collecting waste equipment at the end of their lifespan.

The Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive focuses on four areas of waste management; Prevention, Reuse, Recycling and Recovery. Under this directive, we ensure our packaging is as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible.

We have been made aware that a rubber seal on the speaker unit located inside some of our Innov-is V series home sewing machines may contain phthalate at a concentration level above the threshold value in the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive.

As the affected rubber seal is an internal part, users would not come into contact with it when using their machine in the normal way.

The regulatory body has advised a product recall is not necessary, but please get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like to discuss further: ukcustomersupport@brothersewing.eu

 

Appendix – Serial Number of Products affected

There are a number of ways you can recycle your old sewing machine, from local recycling centres, returning it to the retailer you bought it from, and even through household recycling collection schemes.

  • Take your device to your local recycling centre, you can easily locate your nearest centre on the Recycle Now website.
  • Under the terms of the WEEE directive, all retailers must provide a way for customers to dispose of their old electrical items when they sell them a new version of the same item, either through a collection service or store take-back scheme. Check with your retailer for more details.
  • Some councils offer a household recycling collection service for small electrical devices. Contact your local authority for more details.