Kao releases its Sustainability Report 2012

Kao Corporation (President and CEO: Michitaka Sawada) released its Sustainability Report 2012 (HTML format) on July 20, 2012. The Report outlines the Kao Group's corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities for fiscal 2011 (April 2011 to March 2012).

The Kao Group's mission is to strive for the enrichment of the lives of people globally while contributing to the sustainability of society through Yoki-Monozukuri, with products and brands of excellent value. This year's report introduces various activities for pursuing Yoki-Monozukuri such as universal designs that meet diverse consumer needs, product quality management, and initiatives concerning the environment throughout the product lifecycle. We also present information concerning various initiatives to our stakeholders, including Kao's consumers and customers, employees, local communities, suppliers, shareholders, and investors.

Kao has also prepared the "Kao Sustainability Booklet 2012 - Through Yoki-Monozukuri," detailing our key activities in an easy-to-understand and compact manner for our diverse range of stakeholders.

The "Kao Sustainability Report 2012" (HTML and PDF formats) and "Kao Sustainability Booklet 2012 - Through Yoki-Monozukuri" (PDF format) are available on the following website.

(in the Japanese language only)

* Currently released versions are only available in Japanese; the English version of Kao Sustainability Report 2012 is scheduled to be published in mid-September.

About Kao

Kao creates high-value-added products to help consumers around the world enrich their everyday lives. Over 20 leading brands such as Asience, Attack, Bioré, Goldwell, Jergens, John Frieda, Kanebo, Laurier, Merries and Molton Brown are part of the lives of people in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe and help generate about 1,200 billion yen (about $US13 billion) in annual sales. Kao employs about 35,000 people worldwide and has more than 120 years of history in innovation. Please visit the Kao group web site for updated information.