Kao Corporation won the Most Honored Company status in the Household, Cosmetics and Personal Care sector in the 2020 All-Japan Executive Team ranking, which is released by Institutional Investor, a leading international financial magazine based in the USA, having been ranked in 1st place in four categories—Best CEO, Best CFO, Best IR Professional, and Best Investor Relations Team.
This ranking, which Institutional Investor has been compiling since 2013, selects the Japanese business enterprises that have implemented particularly outstanding IR activities, based on voting by institutional investors and securities analysts all over the world.
Kao received a high evaluation for the way its management team delivers meaningful messages to investors, such as management strategy among others, and for its publication of the Kao Integrated Report, which combines non-financial and financial information to bring across the measures that the company is taking to enhance corporate value over the medium to long term. In response to Kao's impressive evaluation in The 2020 All-Japan Executive Team ranking, Shigeru Ueyama, Managing Executive Officer and Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy, commented that "We are deeply honored by the ranking that we have been given, which reflects how highly the Kao Group's activities are viewed by institutional investors and analysts throughout the world from a global perspective".
The Kao Group is making a major shift to ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) -driven management as a new challenge to build a foundation enabling sustainable growth in 2025, 2030, and beyond. Kao has already begun full-scale implementation of the Kirei Lifestyle Plan, its ESG strategy which was announced in April 2019.
In the future, the Kao Group will be striving to realize even more in-depth stakeholder engagement by means of fair, proactive communication, with the goal of fostering understanding and consensus among all of Kao's stakeholders in relation to Kao's ESG activities and other initiatives.
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Kao creates high-value-added products that enrich the lives of consumers around the world. Through its portfolio of over 20 leading brands such as Attack, Bioré, Goldwell, Jergens, John Frieda, Kanebo, Laurier, Merries and Molton Brown, Kao is part of the everyday lives of people in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe. Combined with its chemical division, which contributes to a wide range of industries, Kao generates about 1,500 billion yen in annual sales. Kao employs about 33,000 people worldwide and has 130 years of history in innovation. Please visit the Kao Group website for updated information.