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Kao's GHG reduction target approved by Science Based Targets initiative

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) approved Kao Group's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target by 2030. The SBTi is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature. It assesses and approves whether the targets adopted by companies are "science-based", or whether they are in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels.


Kao announced its ESG strategy the Kirei Lifestyle Plan on 22 April, which consists of the Vision, three Commitments and 19 Kao Actions which it will strive for by 2030. The science-based target by 2030 which was set for its Action of Decarbonization was validated and approved by SBTi.

Target approved by SBTi

Reduce absolute scope 1*1 , 2*2 , 3*3 CO2 emissions 22% by 2030 from a 2017 base year.

  • * 1 direct GHG emission
  • * 2 indirect GHG emission
  • * 3 GHG emission from Corporate Value Chain

As a responsible global corporate citizen, Kao will continue to offer products that help reduce environmental impact across the entire product lifecycle together with its business partners and consumers, as it strives to contribute in creating a more sustainable society through its unique ESG initiatives.

About Kao

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.

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