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CHAMPIONING FOR SOCIAL EQUALITY
The PWD Able for Disable Training Programme Equips People with Disabilities with Skills to Excel

Kuala Lumpur, 15 January 2019 To usher in the new year, AEON CO. (M) BHD. has embarked on a journey to strengthen its ties with the community by initiating a PWD Able for Disable Training Programme. Started in 2018, the programme saw the AEON Human Resource Learning and Development division organise training sessions for its employees throughout Malaysia - a total of 90 people with disabilities (PWD) and 34 HR Officers. AEON is eager to continue this training programme and has officially kick-started the programme for 2019.

Held in line with the Government’s efforts to increase the employment rate of disabled individuals, the PWD Able for Disable Training Programme also aims to minimise the gap between department staff leads and disabled staff by being a platform that allows open communication between both parties. More importantly, this programme serves as a means for PWD staff and the management of AEON to align performance goals and achieve better results when serving customers.

Present during the launch was Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution bin Ismail, Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, who said: “As we enter a new year, one of our hopes for a New Malaysia is that social harmony is preserved and I believe that a great way to do this is by empowering every member of society with the necessary employability skills, regardless of background, creed or caste. Hopefully, more companies in Malaysia will follow suit and we will see more programmes as such very soon.”

In 2018, the training programme was designed to provide PWD staff with the necessary skills to communicate and perform various job scopes in relation to various departments in AEON Stores. Additionally, Standard Operating Procedures were put in place to enhance workflow. This year, the objective is to further strengthen this project by addressing any issues that were found during the first round of this programme.

Shinobu Washizawa, Managing Director of AEON CO. (M) BHD. said: “We have always strived to give back to the community and with our PWD Able for Disable Training Programme, AEON is committed to growing, not just as a retail company, but as part of the community itself.”

In addition to launching this year’s training programme, the event also served as a prize-giving ceremony where the most outstanding PWD and Coach were recognised and the most effective Standard Operating Procedure was named.

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About AEON CO. (M) BHD

AEON CO. (M) BHD. is a leading General Merchandise Stores (GMS) cum supermarket chain in Malaysia, with 27 AEON Malls, 35 AEON Outlets 2 MaxValu and 3 Maxvalu Prime Supermarkets across the country. In the spirit of the name AEON, which means eternity in Latin, AEON’s goal is to work together endlessly with its customers, suppliers, business partners, shareholders and the community to create a future of limitless promises. Incorporated in 1984 in response to the Malaysian Government’s invitation to help modernize the country’s retailing industry, AEON’s chain of stores strive to satisfy the ever changing needs and desires of consumers. Guided by its "Customer First" philosophy, the company’s acute understanding of the target market needs, aided by optimal product-mix, AEON surpasses consumer expectations and enhances their experience every time they shop. All this is encapsulated in the tagline “AEON Enriching Your Lifestyle”.

AEON also strongly supports environmental sustainability by championing various recycling, energy conservation and tree planting causes, by engaging and encouraging various parties, including staff, customers, NGOs, government agencies and the community at large to participate.

In 2015, AEON introduced the 'Do Mall' initiative as part of its rebranding exercise to rebrand AEON Shopping Centres to AEON Mall. The initiative marks a next step in product innovation whilst maintaining customers' favourites, a yearlong activities to enhance shopping experience and a new refreshed AEON Mall with more offerings from food, to entertainment, to fashion and to community events.

AEON has been awarded the Gold in Retail category by Putra Brand Award for 7 consecutive years since 2011. AEON was also awarded Green Leadership by Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards in 2010 and 2011. In recognition’s of AEON’s CSR initiative, the Federation of Asia-Pacific Retailers Associations (FAPRA) awarded AEON the Regional Award for “Best Efforts in Social Responsibility” in 2017. To date, AEON has planted more than 500,000 trees within Malaysia and the Malaysian AEON Foundation (MAF) has donated more than RM9 million to charity causes

For more information, please visit: www.aeonretail.com.my or www.facebook.com/aeonretail.my

Almaiyah Abd Aziz
Manager
Public Relations and CSR, AEON CO. (M) BHD.
03-9207 6246

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