Guidelines for Sustainable Procurement of Raw Materials

Kao recognizes the importance of global issues and risks such as scarcity of resources, global warming, degradation of biodiversity and other environmental problems, as well as human rights* , and, to contribute to resolution of global issues, Kao strives for sustainable procurement of raw materials.

Recognizing the dependence of its businesses on natural capital, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source in its procurement of raw materials including palm oil and paper. Over the medium-to-long term, Kao strives to reduce its use of natural capital by reducing the amount of raw materials used in its business and shifting to alternative raw materials such as algae or other non-edible biomass sources, in addition to working toward sustainable procurement that also takes into account ethical issues that have emerged due to globalization.

* as described in the Kao Human Rights Policy