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November 14, 2018 YKK Obtains Platinum Kurumin Certification

 YKK Corporation (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Hiroaki Otani; hereafter, "YKK") is pleased to announce that the company has received Platinum Kurumin Certification*1.
 Based on the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children (Next Generation Act), YKK builds workplace environments that disseminate information and enable sustainable work performance so that employees can fully demonstrate their abilities and pursue long-term career plans while they raise children. YKK received the Kurumin Certification in 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2015. In addition to ongoing efforts to create an environment that makes it easier to use childcare leave and other existing programs, YKK raised its efforts to a higher level with various work-style measures, such as promoting the use of annual paid vacation. These efforts resulted in the acquisition of Platinum Kurumin Certification.
 At YKK, we aim for the "Forest Group" concept*2 promoted by our founder, Tadao Yoshida, and work to increase diversity

*1 Kurumin Certification, Platinum Kurumin Certification
Based on the Next Generation Act, the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare (through the directors of Prefectural Labour Bureaus) certifies companies that support childrearing. A candidate company formulates and reports action plans based on the Next Generation Act, and if it meets specific conditions such as achieving the goals stipulated in the action plans, is certified as a "Childrearing Support Company" (Kurumin Certification). A company that undertakes these efforts at a still higher level receives special certification as an outstanding "Childrearing Support Company" (Platinum Kurumin Certification).

*2 YKK founder Tadao Yoshida talked about how young trees as well as experienced trees, tall trees and short trees, all draw on their unique characteristics to grow independently to form a forest, and that in the same way, organizations can harness individuals' energy to contribute to society. Thus, a company should strive to be a "Forest Group". The concept precisely encompasses the definition of diversity.

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