Kao’s Responsible Chemicals Management Promotion Activities (SAICM/GFC)

Kao has actively promoted voluntary chemicals management in accordance with SAICM* as a group-wide activity.
We believe in a safe society where people around the world can enjoy the benefits provided by chemicals with peace of mind. To that end, the risks associated with chemicals should be properly managed. Through its environment, society and governance (ESG) initiatives, Kao wants to take the lead in responsible chemicals management to help actualize such a society by 2030.

  • * In 2023, GFC succeeded to SAICM (2006-2020)
    SAICM: Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management
    GFC: Global Framework on Chemicals – For a Planet Free of Harm from Chemicals and Waste

A 5-part Approach

  • Minimize environmental impact throughout the product lifecycle
    We suggest activities and collaborates with society to minimize environmental impact relating to chemical substances in every stage of the product lifecycle (raw materials procurement, development, manufacturing, distribution, sales, use, disposal / recycling), and promote manufacturing that contributes to sustainability in society.
  • Foster community safety and a sense of trust by having zero chemical accidents
    We strengthen our management of diversifying risks related to chemical substance in the stages of raw materials procurement, manufacturing, distribution and disposal, strive to ensure communities’ safety and foster trust through enhanced communication.
  • Optimize risk assessment methods for efficient chemicals management
    We establish and optimize risk assessment methods in collaboration with government, academia and related industries, and minimize risks to human health and the environment through appropriate and efficient management of chemical substances in society as a whole.
  • Make information on chemicals’ benefits and safety available in an accessible and easy-to-understand way
    We broadly share information with society on chemical substances’ benefits and how to use them safely.
  • Effectively communicate with people around the world to earn trust
    We engage in communication corresponding to the diversifying values and lifestyles of all people.
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