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Kao by the Numbers

Company History and Scale

Since our founding in 1887, we have been by customers’ side, offering cleanliness, beauty and health for the last 130 years. We will continue to enrich the lives of people around the world.

History

131 years in business (1887–2018)

131 years in business (1887–2018)

131 years in business (1887–2018)

Consolidated number of employees

33,560 ※FY2017 ended December 31

33,560 ※FY2017 ended December 31

33,560 ※FY2017 ended December 31

Sales

1,489.4 billion yen *FY2017 ended December 31

1,489.4 billion yen *FY2017 ended December 31

1,489.4 billion yen *FY2017 ended December 31

Shareholder dividends

27 consecutive fiscal years of increase. No.1 among Japan's public companies.

27 consecutive fiscal years of increase. No.1 among Japan's public companies.

27 consecutive fiscal years of increase. No.1 among Japan's public companies.

Products sold

about 100 countries and regions

about 100 countries and regions

about 100 countries and regions

Number of patents held

16,618

16,618

16,618

R&D expenses

56.7 billion yen

56.7 billion yen

56.7 billion yen

For the Earth and Society in the Future

We wish for a brighter future, for people and for the world. This is why we are focusing our energies on environmental activities, developing products that are easy for anyone to use, and providing education to children on cleanliness and sanitary practices.

Product improvements incorporating universal design considerations

3,585. *Cumulative total from 2012 to 2016. Scope includes only Japan until 2015, and Japan and the Americas from 2016.

3,585. *Cumulative total from 2012 to 2016. Scope includes only Japan until 2015, and Japan and the Americas from 2016.

3,585. *Cumulative total from 2012 to 2016. Scope includes only Japan until 2015, and Japan and the Americas from 2016.

Water consumption

materials procurement, manufacturing, use, final disposal, recycling 17% decrease. *Usage volume per unit of sales (2005 baseline)

materials procurement, manufacturing, use, final disposal, recycling 17% decrease. *Usage volume per unit of sales (2005 baseline)

materials procurement, manufacturing, use, final disposal, recycling 17% decrease. *Usage volume per unit of sales (2005 baseline)

Support to establish cleanliness and sanitary practices

7.64 million people annually. *Free samples for educational purposes, hand washing lessons for children, cleaning lessons, etc.

7.64 million people annually. *Free samples for educational purposes, hand washing lessons for children, cleaning lessons, etc.

7.64 million people annually. *Free samples for educational purposes, hand washing lessons for children, cleaning lessons, etc.

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