Daikin Australia
Air conditioning
Daikin operates an air conditioner manufacturing facility in Sydney.

Overall

Owned JPN
Rating C
About the Ratings

Company Ownership

Daikin Australia Pty Ltd
AUS
Daikin Industries Ltd
owns 100% of Daikin Australia Pty Ltd
JPN
Conglomerate
Japanese multinational conglomerate company and the world's largest air conditioner manufacturer.

Company Assessment

Daikin Australia Pty Ltd
Information
From around January 2001 until August 2003, Daikin Australia Pty Ltd, claimed in sales brochures distributed to agents and on its website that the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants HFC-407C and HFC-134a and Daikin air-conditioning units employing those refrigerants were environmentally friendly, and that their use by consumers would prevent, or at least not contribute to, global warming. The ACCC considered the representations made by Daikin were misleading because the refrigerants HFC-407C and HFC-134a are potent greenhouse gases that do not benefit the environment and will contribute to global warming. Daikin took corrective actions.
Source: ACCC (2004)
Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is a not-for-profit organisation leading the development of a circular economy for packaging in Australia. Each year, APCO Members are required to submit an APCO Annual Report and Action Plan, which includes an overall performance level from 1 (Getting Started) to 5 (Beyond Best Practice). This company received a packaging performance level of 1 (Getting Started) in its 2024 APCO Annual Report.
Source: APCO (2024)
Daikin Industries Ltd
Praise
In 2023, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change risk. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Climate Change score of A-.
Source: CDP (2023)
In 2023, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to manage and govern freshwater resources. Responding companies are scored on six key metrics: transparency; governance & strategy; measuring & monitoring; risk assessment; targets & goals; and value chain engagement. This company received a CDP Water Security score of A-.
Source: CDP (2023)
World's Most Sustainable Companies of 2024 by TIME and Statista recognises the Top 500 most sustainable companies in the world. From a selection of 5,000 of the world's largest companies, non-sustainable businesses were excluded, and the remaining companies were rated on Commitment & Ratings, Reporting & Transparency, and Environmental & Social Stewardship. This company received a total score of 59.9/100, ranking 306th overall.
Source: TIME (2024)
Criticism
A 2021 report by Toxic-Free Future traces the path of American PFAS in food packaging back to one manufacturing company: Daikin America, which manufactures in Decatur, Alabama. In 2019, Daikin's Decatur PFAS manufacturing plants reported releasing 240,584 pounds of a potent greenhouse gas and ozone-depleting chemical, HCFC-22. These emissions make them the nation's #2 polluter of HCFC-22, and in greenhouse gas terms, equate to emissions from driving 125,000 passenger cars for a year. Daikin's process for making PFAS also threatens workers' lives: at least three workers have been killed on the job in Decatur. The drinking water for communities downstream of Daikin's facilities has been contaminated by Daikin and another facility, with Daikin paying US$5 million to the local water utility to address the contamination. And when paper mills apply Daikin's PFAS treatment to paper, they can release PFAS in wastewater, contaminating rivers and sludge.
Information
In January 2019 in India 30 Daikin workers were injured in a clash with police and 'bouncers' during a strike. The rally was part of the all-India general strike called by several unions. An agitation by the worker's union of the Daikin factory in Neemrana on the 8th of January, followed by police allegedly stopping them from unfurling the flag of the worker's union outside factory premises, led to a scuffle that left around 30 workers with serious injuries. Workers said that along with police, bouncers hired by the Daikin management pelted stones and fired rubber-tipped pellets on them. According to labor rights activists, there are no registered unions in the Neemrana industrial area, which is a major cause of worker exploitation. Workers at Daikin had to fight for five years before the Rajasthan high court intervened and allowed the union to be formed on September 29, 2018.
This company received a score of 43.7/100 in the Newsweek Green Ranking 2017, which ranks the world's largest publicly traded companies on eight indicators covering energy, greenhouse gases, water, waste, fines and penalties, linking executive pay to sustainability targets, board-level committee oversight of environmental issues and third-party audits. Ranking methodology by Corporate Knights and HIP Investor.
This company has extensive sustainability claims on its website.
This company received an S&P Global ESG Score of 59/100 in the Building Products category of the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual evaluation of companies' sustainability practices (last updated 25 Aug 2023). The rankings are based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, environmental reporting, climate strategy, human rights and labour practices.

Company Details

Type:
Wholly-owned subsidiary
Founded:
1970
Revenue:
1.2 billion AUD (2023)
Employees:
1,639 (2023)

Contact Details

Address:
62-66 Governor Macquarie Drive, Chipping Norton, NSW, 2170, Australia
Phone:
1300 368 300
Website:
www.daikin.com.au

Products / Brands

Daikin Australia