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Based on our corporate philosophy, "The Kao Way," the Kao Group contributes to realizing a sustainable society by understanding the needs of the times and the community, and engaging in finding solutions to social issues through Yoki-Monozukuri, utilizing Kao's technology and know-how.

In the Kao Sustainability Statement, we defined the ways in which we plan to contribute to society. With this statement as our point of reference, the Kao Group proactively seeks the trust and support of our stakeholders, aiming to enhance our contributions to a sustainable society.

Kao Sustainability Statement

Kao's mission is to strive for the wholehearted satisfaction and enrichment of the lives of people globally and to contribute to the sustainability of the society. By developing innovative products and services, we work to conserve the environment and foster well-being in the communities we serve now and in the future.

To do this, in partnership with our stakeholders, we promote a culture of integrity in everything we do and we provide a workplace that maximizes the potential of each and every one of our employees.

To advance our business responsibly and sustainably, we are focusing our efforts on the three key areas of Conservation, Community and Culture.

Three Key Areas and Target Fields

● Conservation
Kao commits to reduce our environmental impacts, to conserve biodiversity and to conduct environmental activities through community engagement so that we contribute to the conservation of the planet, as stated in the Kao Environmental Statement.

- Reducing environmental impacts of our business activities
We work to understand and reduce the environmental impacts of our business activities through the whole lifecycle of the products, from raw materials procurement to production, logistics, sales, use and disposal.

- Environmental activities in partnership with stakeholders
We partner in a broad range of environmental conservation activities with consumers, business partners, and communities, in line with the theme of "eco together".

● Community
Kao commits to make a positive difference in the communities we serve through our business and partnerships.

- Engaging with communities through business
We build close connections with consumers by developing products that foster well-being in the communities we serve, focusing particularly on issues related to aging populations, health, cleanliness and hygiene.

- Engaging with local communities through partnerships
We partner with local communities to improve quality of life. We empower employees to engage with their communities in the spirit of volunteerism.

● Culture
Kao's people are our most important asset in successfully bringing to life our sustainability plans. We conduct business with integrity, respect diversity among our employees, and create new values for society through improvements and innovation in our products and ways of working.

- Integrity
By operating under the spirit of integrity handed down to us from our founder, we will build trust among all our stakeholders worldwide. We will promote a culture of integrity from our executives and employees, through to our external business partners.

- Diversity & Inclusion
We will build a culture that respects the diversity of each and every one of our employees and allows them to work to the full extent of their potential and commitment.


KAO takes the Journey with Pride Foundation
Date: Sep 2012

YBhg Datin Azrene Abdullah, Chairman of PRIDE Foundation, said, “We are privileged to have KAO Malaysia journey with us as we embark to create awareness about breast cancer and the importance of conducting breast examinations at an early stage to the poor and rural community.

To signify the collaboration between KAO Malaysia and PRIDE Foundation, a cheque presentation ceremony was held. Mr. Yoshihiro Murakami, CEO/President of KAO (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. presented the cheque to YBhg Datin Azrene Abdullah, Chairman of PRIDE Foundation.

The initiative underlines KAO’s commitment towards creating awareness on breast cancer as this is the second collaboration with PRIDE Foundation. It is also in tandem with KAO’s corporate philosophy to support the community where it operates in.

Jog for Hope 2012 Sponsorship
Date: July 2012

Kao contributes to Taylor’s College Charity Run in Jul 2012 in support of their program SPICES (Support for Parents, Infants and Children through Early Services)
Donation to HOPE Welfare Home
Date: February 2011

Kao Malaysia continues its CSR program by contributing Kao products to HOPE welfare home for the old and abandoned children. This is the 2nd year that Kao has participated in the event to assist in enriching the life of the needy folks and children.
Think Pink, Love Life Campaign
Date: 24 November 2010

Kao Malaysia’s corporate social responsibility effort, in partnership with the PRIDE Foundation, a charitable organization whose primary cause is to create greater public awareness with regards to breast cancer, its prevention and early detection, as well as improving the care and treatment accessibility for all levels of society.

• Speech by PRIDE chairlady Datin Azrene Abdullah
• Demonstration on breast self-examination by Dr. Azlina Firzah
• Sharing session by breast cancer survivor, Ms Ranbir Kaur
Datin Azrene Abdullah
Dr. Azlina Firzah
Ms Ranbir Kaur

Cheque presentation by Mr. Taki, the CEO of Kao Malaysia to PRIDE Foundation Chairlady,             Datin Azrene Abdullah during the official function held on the 24th of November 2010.

Donation For Abandoned Children/Welfare Home
Date: 2008

Kao Malaysia contributes Kao products to welfare homes for the old and abandoned children.
Donation For Tsunami Victims
Date: 2005

The Indian Ocean earthquake that occurred on 26th December 2004 off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, was one of the deadliest natural disasters in history that killed more than 225,000 people in eleven countries.
In January 2005, Kao Malaysia employees donated money to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society Relief Fund in aid of relief for the earthquake and tsunami victims. The company had also contributed based on a Malaysian Ringgit to Ringgit basis for every Ringgit contributed by the employees.

In addition to the above, Kao Malaysia also donated Laurier sanitary napkins and Kao soap to BAKTI (Association of Wife of Ministers and Deputy Ministers).

Appreciation letter from the Malaysian Red Crescent Society


Appreciation letter from BAKTI
(Association of Wife of Ministers and Deputy Ministers)

Date: 1997

Kao Malaysia Head Office employees spent one weekend in 1997 to clean up a river known as Sungai Penchala, which was, located approximately 3km away from its central head office in Petaling Jaya. The said river runs through a village where the villagers use the river as a dumping ground. A total of about 100 employees took part in this activity. This project was conducted in collaboration with World Wide Fund (WWF).
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