Since fiscal 2005, Daikin has utilized in-house standards for evaluating and certifying environmentally conscious plants for their environmental and social performance. Certification is conducted once every two years.
In fiscal 2017, we revised these standards to elevate these efforts to a higher level. In addition to the standards used up to now focused on whether environmental activities are being conducted organization-wide, including mechanisms for the participation of all employees, we established a four-stage certification ranking system consisting of platinum, gold, silver and bronze categories. With the revision of these standards, we have moved the Green Heart Factory initiative into stage two and strived to improve the ranking of each business site.
Fiscal 2021 was the final evaluation for stage two. In addition to many business sites achieving improvement in their ranking, including reaching the highest rank of platinum certification, there were also multiple domestic Group business sites acquiring their first certification. This reflects the result of their initiatives on biodiversity conservation and introduction of renewable energy use.
As of the end of fiscal 2021, 46 bases in Japan and overseas had been certified as platinum (six bases), gold (eight bases), silver (23 bases) and bronze (nine bases).
Daikin began the "Green Heart Office" initiative in fiscal 2011 to promote environmental activities at non-production bases such as offices. In fiscal 2014 we created a three-stage ranking comprising gold, silver and bronze to evaluate the level of initiatives being undertaken by each base based on "reduce resource usage" and "awareness and contribution."
In fiscal 2021, all nine bases received the Gold Class certification. In order to enhance environmental awareness, information sessions on the sustainability report conventionally targeting non-production bases have been switched to video streaming for all employees starting in fiscal 2021. In the Green Heart Office initiative, which was held concurrently, over 1,000 participants responded to the activity-specific survey. We will continue to conduct activities while reviewing the evaluation method going forward.
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