Kao has once again been selected for inclusion in the "World's Most Ethical Companies" list by US think-tank Ethisphere. The 2020 list has been officially released today. Kao has been chosen every year since the Institute began compiling its list in 2007, making Kao a recipient of this recognition 14 years in a row, the only Japanese company with this honor.
Kao CEO Michitaka Sawada said: “We are deeply honored to have been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 14 consecutive years. Last year, the Kao Group announced a major new development in our ESG management strategy, with the implementation of initiatives that position Integrity - a value which constitutes a core value of the Kao Way - as the foundation for ESG activities. In addition, we have made the securing of inclusion in the World’s Most Ethical Companies list a key performance indicator for our executive officers, so that we can all work together to thoroughly implement Integrity.”
The Ethisphere Institute is a leading international think tank focused on developing and sharing best practices in business ethics and corporate social responsibility. For the World’s Most Ethical Companies list, which honors business enterprises that have demonstrated outstanding performance in relation to transparency, integrity, ethics and compliance, the Institute surveys and evaluates companies the world over in five categories: ethics and compliance programs, corporate citizenship and responsibility, culture of ethics, governance, and leadership and reputation.