Certified Age Friendly Employer Program

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Celebrating 18 Years: Certifying Best Places to Work for Employees 50+

Certified Age Friendly Employer Seal.

The Age-Friendly Institute's Certified Age Friendly Employer (CAFE) program is the world's leading certification program that identifies organizations committed to being the best places to work for employees aged 50+. Since the Certified Age-Friendly Employer (CAFE) Program was created in 2006, hundreds of leading companies and organizations have earned the distinction of being recognized as a Certified Age Friendly Employer.

Is Age-Friendly Certification Right for Your Organization?

A Certified Age-Friendly Employer:

  • Values employees based on proficiency, qualifications and contribution
  • Maintains policies, practices and programs supporting people age 50+
  • Values employee knowledge, maturity, reliability and productivity
  • Commits to meaningful employment, development opportunities and competitive pay and benefits for employees 50+

CAFE Program Benefits for Employers:

  • Receive comparative research on your organization within its industry and region, and set a baseline for improvement applying HR, compensation and benefits-oriented age-friendly standards.
  • Network with, and learn from, Institute analysts and executive-level members of the worldwide CAFE community at invitation-only, virtual and in-person round-table events.
  • Offer online staff training on 'Age-Friendly Principles & Practices'.
  • Obtain license to use CAFE seal on marketing, employee collateral and job postings. Communicate that you welcome people of any age.
  • Gain recognition on social media and popular sites including RetirementJobs.com and AgeFriendly.com.
  • Provide employee access to phased retirement plans.

Employees are more likely to apply to, join and stay at an employer that is designated as age-friendly

Source: 2022 survey of 551 AgeFriendly.com members

If you knew an employer was designated age-friendly, how much more likely would you be to...
...stay working at an employer
Highly Likely - 50.2%
Very Likely - 36.9%
Very Likely - 10%
Not at all Likely - 2.8%
...choose or recommend an employer
Highly Likely - 54.2%
Very Likely - 34.8%
Somewhat Likely - 8.2%
Not at all Likely - 2.9%

Certified Age Friendly Employers

Below is a list of employers that have earned the Certified Age Friendly Employer™ designation

  • 2Life Communities
  • Accenture Brasil
  • Adecco
  • Aegis Living
  • Aetna
  • Agency on Aging (Eureka, Sacramento, CA)
  • Aging Resources of Douglas County
  • Allied Universal
  • Alltown
  • Altria
  • Ambassatours
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Amica Mutual Insurance Company
  • Amos Pewter
  • Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
  • AnswerNet Network
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Arc Community Services
  • Arc Document Solutions
  • ARC of Hunterdon County, NJ
  • ARC Worldwide
  • Ares Management
  • Armanino
  • Ashland, Kentucky
  • Aspect Foundation
  • Assai
  • AT&T
  • Avis Budget
  • BBVA
  • Beaumont Hospital (MI)
  • Benjamin Bridge
  • Benchmark Senior Living
  • BDS Solutions
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (Highmark)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (Horizon)
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Brasilprev
  • Breakaway Bookkeeping and Advising
  • Bright Horizons Family Solutions
  • Brio Living Services
  • Cabot Cape Breton
  • Caliber Collision
  • Cambridge Suites Hotel Halifax
  • Carrot Fertility
  • Chevo Consulting
  • Citizens Financial Group
  • City of Ashland, Kentucky
  • City of Boulder
  • City of Cincinnati
  • City of Minneapolis
  • Coach Atlantic Maritime Bus
  • Coastal Inn of Dartmouth
  • Comcast Cable Communications
  • Compass Health
  • Commonwealth Associates
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • County of Chesterfield Virginia
  • Crate & Barrel
  • CVS Health
  • Delta Denta
  • Denver Council of Gov'ts
  • Digby Pines Resort
  • Digitas
  • Eagle Wolfington Leasing Corporation
  • Eaton Mexico
  • Elder Services of Merrimack Valley
  • Equitrans Midstream
  • Eurofarma
  • Events East
  • Express Employment Professionals
  • Fairhill Partners
  • Fidelity Investments
  • FirstGroup America
  • First Student
  • FIS Global
  • FlexProfessionals LLC
  • Fox Harb'r Resort
  • Fresenius Medical Care North America
  • Fresh Market
  • GoTo Technologies
  • Grand Pre Wines
  • H&R Block
  • HCR ManorCare
  • Headway Workforce Solutions
  • Healthcare plus
  • Hearst Television
  • Hebrew SeniorLife
  • Hennepin County, MN, USA
  • Home Depot
  • Home Helpers
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Homewatch CareGivers
  • Honey Baked Ham
  • Humana
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Inverary Resort
  • Jewish Family Service
  • John Hancock Financial
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • JumpStart
  • Kelly Services
  • Kubicki Draper
  • Liberty Seguros
  • La Quinta Hotels
  • Lasell Village
  • LCNB National Bank
  • Lee Memorial Health Systems
  • Leo Burnett Group
  • Los Angeles County
  • Lutheran SeniorLife
  • Macy’s
  • ManpowerGroup
  • Manulife
  • Marcus Theatres
  • Marriott Harbourfront (Halifax, CA)
  • Marriott Vacation Clubs
  • Mass General Hospital
  • Mature Caregivers
  • McKesson
  • Merck
  • MetLife
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Montefiore Einstein
  • MPS Staffing
  • MSD (Argentina and Brazil)
  • MyNetico
  • NetBooks
  • New York Life
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • News America Marketing
  • NorthWest Colorado Council of Governments
  • NRG Services
  • nVent
  • NW CO Council of Gov't
  • NYU Langone Health
  • Office of Disaster Assistance (SBA)
  • Old Orchard Inn and Spa
  • Olmstead County
  • PacificSource
  • Peace Corps
  • Penn National Gaming
  • Pereira Group
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Point 32 Health
  • Polk County, FL, USA
  • Port Authority of Allegheny County
  • PortAuthority
  • Premier, Inc
  • Prince George Hotel
  • Principal Financial
  • Publicis Groupe
  • QualCare
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Randstad
  • Rapp (US and UK)
  • REI (Recreation Equipment Inc.)
  • ReServe
  • RetirementJobs.com
  • Right at Home
  • Rivers Casino
  • Robert Half International
  • Roca
  • RSM US
  • Rush Street Gaming
  • Safeway
  • San Francisco IHSS Public Authority
  • Sanofi (Brazil)
  • SCAN Health Plan
  • Schneider Electric
  • Schneider National
  • Scripps Health
  • SE Health
  • Senior Helpers
  • Senior Resource Development Agency
  • ServiceLink
  • Servicon
  • Silver Birch Hotels
  • Silver Diner
  • Sitel
  • Sou'Wester Gift & Restaurant Co
  • Spherion
  • Spherion Staffing Services
  • Springpoint Senior Living
  • Staffmark Group
  • Staples
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • State of Maine
  • State of Massachusetts
  • SunTrust Bank
  • Supermercado São Vicente
  • Supporting Strategies
  • SX Negocios
  • Synergy HomeCare
  • Takeda (Brazil)
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Thai Union North America
  • The Dovetail Companies
  • The Sou'wester
  • TMNA Services
  • Tokio Marine Services
  • Toys “R” Us
  • Toys R Us / Babies R Us
  • TPI Composites
  • Transportation Security Admin. (TSA)
  • Travelers
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Twin Cities Public Television
  • Uber
  • UCHealth
  • United Way (Tarrant County, TX)
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • White Point Resorts
  • Wolfington Body Co
  • Vanguard Investments
  • Verizon
  • Virtual Financial
  • VSA Arts of Georgia
  • Walgreen
  • Wells Fargo
  • WellStar Health System
  • Work At Home Vintage Experts
  • Xerox
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The Certification Process

Step 1

Application or Letter of Interest

Employers may submit an evaluation application or letter of interest (see contact information at the bottom of this page).

Step 2

Process Review Discussion

An Age-Friendly Institute staff member will contact the employer to explain the Certification program and the evaluation process in its entirety.

Step 3

Evaluation Questionnaire

Participating employers are asked to submit answers to a confidential employer evaluation worksheet regarding recruiting and employment policies, practices and programs. This evaluation encompasses the twelve categories of known best practices related to age-friendly employers.

Step 4

Program Review

The employer's questionnaire submission is reviewed by the Age-Friendly Institute's HR, Compensation and Benefits analysts and follow up discussions are held as appropriate to ensure accuracy and validity. Additional material or information may be requested.

Step 5


The certification process typically takes 2-3 weeks after submission of an application. Those organizations who do not receive certification are invited to apply again in one year.

Step 6


Certified employers are listed on the Age-Friendly Institute's website and other promotional vehicles. Certified employers are encouraged to place the seal on their own career sites, on postings at other online sites and in appropriate marketing collateral. Learn more about promoting your Certified Age-Friendly Certification.

They are also encouraged to communicate the designation to current employees, using internal newsletters and by prominently displaying their CAFE Plaque in their company locations.

Step 7

Renewal and Recertification

Recertification is completed every twenty-four months. In this way, employers seeking to maintain the currency of their certification are assured of a scheduled review.

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Breaking Age Barriers: Tim Driver on Workplace Ageism and the Certified Age Friendly Employer Program

Watch our impactful video featuring Tim Driver, President of the Age-Friendly Institute, as he reviews the importance of Age-Friendly Employers and the fight against workplace ageism. Tim shares insights on the benefits of age diversity and practical steps for creating age-inclusive workplaces. Let's break down barriers and shape a future where talent thrives without discrimination. Hit play and be part of the #AgeInclusionRevolution. [8 minutes, 36 seconds]

CAFE Employers on 5 Continents

Certified Age Friendly Employer member network.

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The Age-Friendly Institute welcomes inquiries from prospective partners who would like to join our Affiliate Program to bring the CAFE program to your region, country or community.

Please email:  support@agefriendly.com

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