Tokyo Volunteer Action Center (TVAC) has recognized AIG Japan with the 2017 Corporate Volunteer Award for promoting understanding of persons with disabilities. Representatives of AIG Japan accepted the award during a ceremony at TVAC’s Corporate Volunteer Festival.
TVAC’s Corporate Volunteer Award, now in its second year, honors companies who collaborate with nonprofit organizations and support employee engagement in volunteer activities. AIG Japan received this year’s award for proactively volunteering, for organizing activities that are easy to join by members of the company, for fully utilizing the company’s resources and employees’ skills and networks to benefit the community, and for showing creativity and originality in volunteer initiatives.
AIG Japan earned the award for its Disability Working Group’s educational activities within and outside of the company. AIG Japan’s Disability Working Group helped support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by:
- Recruiting AIG employees who volunteered at Tokyo special needs school events held in cooperation with PTA associations
- Holding a Seminar on Understanding Disability for employee volunteers
- Hosting an AIG booth at a charity race to promote understanding of disabilities. Special Olympics Japan, which AIG Japan sponsored, organized the running event.
- Organizing educational activities both in and outside of the workplace on World Autism Awareness Day. These activities included an AIG Japan company-wide recognition of the day, with employees encouraged to wear blue to work to mark the day.
The Disability Working Group’s goals in these efforts were to help build a friendly working environment for persons with disabilities, their bosses, and their colleagues, and to promote purpose-driven and fulfilling activities in and outside of the workplace.
“AIG values the diversity of perspectives that come from all places and people, and we are committed to that at every level and across the country. The efforts of our Disability Working Group are a testament to that commitment, and the collaboration with nonprofit organizations that this TVAC Volunteer Award recognizes is very much about continuing this commitment into the future through education and building awareness,” said Robert L. Noddin, President and CEO, AIG Japan Holdings KK.
In addition to the Disability Working Group, AIG Japan’s proactive Diversity & Inclusion initiatives include Working Groups focusing on gender, work-life balance, younger employees, and LGBT employees.
AIG Japan’s initiatives on World Autism Awareness Day involved employees attending educational activities at all office locations. Employees attended in-house seminars on autism and accessed relevant information on the company Intranet. AIG Japan also lit up its Toyama office building and other buildings in blue for autism awareness. The 2017 initiative marked AIG’s fifth annual commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day.
*AIG Japan is represented by AIG Japan Holdings KK, AIU Insurance Company, The Fuji Fire Marine Insurance Company, American Home Assurance Company, AIG Fuji Life Insurance Company, and other companies.