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CORPORATE NEWS [latest news list] July 20, 2011
Daikin Becomes First Japanese Company Awarded "Best Employers
for Workers Over 50 Award" by the AARP

 Yoshiyuki Uemura, Executive Officer (second from right) participating in awards ceremony

Daikin Industries, Ltd. has recently become the first Japanese company awarded the"2011 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award-International" by the non-profit organization AARP* (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) in recognition of employers that provide comfortable work environments for workers over the age of 50.
The AARP presents these awards to promote positive workplace environments for older workers and commemorate employers that create progressive workplaces and practice HR policies for persons 50 years of age and older. This marks the eleventh time the awards have been presented. Until 2007, this acclaim was bestowed only to companies and organizations in the United States; however, in order to promote outstanding examples worldwide and provide a model for resolving issues of an aging society, 15 companies and organizations from around the world were added in 2008 to the 50 companies selected annually from the United States.
The graying of society in Japan is proceeding at a rapid pace unseen anywhere else in the world, and the employment measures in Japan for senior citizens have been receiving worldwide attention. Consequentially, Daikin has been highly praised for its achievements that include "development and deployment according to specialty and individual attributes," "provision of flexible work conditions such as shorter working hours and 3-day workweeks for those 60 years of age and older," and a "rehiring rate for retired employees aged up to 65 years old and wishing to work that exceeds 80 percent." Daikin is the first Japanese company to receive this award.
Daikin is continually striving to create a work environment that enables employees to feel both pride and enthusiasm toward their work and increase opportunities for those wishing to join the company.

[Reasons for Recognition]

Continuing Education and Training Opportunities that identify attributes are provided and implemented in the form of company training and overseas study within the company for individuals to demonstrate their abilities to the fullest. Particularly in the manufacturing divisions, Management by Objectives sheets are used, individual interviews are performed, and the inclination (toward management, engineering, or technical skill) of each employee is determined.
Flexibility in Employment Conditions Flexibility is maintained in providing an accommodating employment system for employees requiring childcare leave (for children under one year old) and family care leave (up to a maximum of one year) as well as flexible employment conditions  (full-time, part-time, assignment-based duties) for employees rehired after reaching the mandatory retirement age. The rehiring rate for retired employees exceeds 80%.
Health Benefits and Promotion Opportunities In production workplaces, support is being provided that includes review of work policies and automation of discernable operations to lessen the physical and mental anguish from the viewpoint of reducing the work burden on workers. Furthermore, as part of mental health management, a 24-hour hotline has been established for consultations.
Diversity of Human Resources As part of the company' s efforts for diversity management, female and older employees play active roles as key personnel.
Recruiting Practices Since 1980, flexible recruitment has been actively promoted through activities including the use of employment agencies and mid-career hiring in order to fully utilize diversity in human resources. Both within and outside the company, human resources with diverse specialties and abilities are being utilized to the fullest.

*AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons)

Founded in 1958, AARP is a nonprofit organization that has approximately 40 million members. With headquarters in the United States, the organization performs support activities for education and awareness with the aim of "realizing a society in which every person with the accumulation of years has respect and purpose." With the worldwide advance of an aging population, the organization targets its support so that older workers may live healthy and economically stable lives, and it appraises and commemorates the best plans and leading examples for confronting the relevant issues. Moreover, the AARP works closely with intergovernmental organizations, central governments, corporations, and citizen group organizations and performs worldwide lobbying activities in order to promote the adoption and practice of the most appropriate measures for an aging population.

Fifteen International Organizations Receiving Awards and Areas of Business
Company Country Areas of Business
Daikin Industries, Ltd. Japan Manufacturer of air conditioning equipment, chemicals, and hydraulic equipment, etc.
BMW Group Germany Automotive manufacturer
Bundesagentur fÜr Arbeit Germany Employment agency related to government
Jena-Optronik GmbH Germany Aerospace engineering company
DB Services Germany Railway related company
DSW21 Germany Dortmund municipal transportation organization
Marks and Spencer plc United Kingdom Clothing and food retailer
Centrica plc United Kingdom Electrical and gas utilities company
The Co-operative Group United Kingdom Company involved in food, finance, agriculture, travel industries
National Environment Agency Singapore Government agency for the environment
Raffles Institution Singapore Junior high school
Lam Soon Edible Oils Sdn Bhd Malaysia Food company
National Australia Bank Limited Australia National bank
Salzburg AG Australia Energy and Infrastructure company
Elkerliek Hospital Netherlands Hospital

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     Daikin Industries, Ltd.
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