Kao Corporation has been included in global stock indices for its environmental, social and governance (ESG) engagement: the FTSE4Good Index Series for the 12th consecutive year and the FTSE Blossom Japan Index for the third consecutive year.
Both indices are developed by FTSE Russell, a member of London Stock Exchange Group. They are designed based on the existing international ESG standards including the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to select companies that demonstrate strong ESG efforts. These indices are used as important criteria by global investors who focus on companies’ ESG efforts.
With these designations, Kao continues to be included in all of the ESG indices*1 that apply to Japanese companies and are selected by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).
*1 FTSE Blossom Japan Index, MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index, S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index, MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN)
The Kao Group established an ESG strategy, the Kirei Lifestyle Plan, and aims to integrate ESG as the foundation of its business management to accelerate business growth and create products and services of better value for consumers and society. Kao is committed to implementing its unique ESG activities on a global level for the wholehearted satisfaction and enrichment of the lives of people worldwide and to contribute to a sustainable society.