We carefully safeguard the environment and individuals at every stage of business, from product development to manufacturing, distribution, use and disposal, with part of our mission being to help realize sustainability in society.
Corporate governance is a prerequisite and a driver to forcefully promote the achievement of ESG goals. We have set up and operate a management structure and an internal control system, implement the necessary measures in a timely manner and demonstrate accountability in order to realize efficient management that is sound, fair and highly transparent, and enhance our corporate value.
As conditions in the global environment become increasingly severe, we are taking steps to reduce CO2 emissions as part of our "eco together" activities conducted in collaboration with various stakeholders.
The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world with the overall objective adopted at a 2002 global summit of achieving the sound management of chemicals throughout their lifecycle so that by the year 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health. We appropriately manage chemical substances in accordance with the SAICM.
We are working to strengthen information security in order to protect information assets that include confidential information and personal information as well as IT hardware, software and many kinds of data records, in accordance with our Information Security Policy. We promote information security through the use of a PDCA cycle created to set internal rules and ensure that those rules are observed and that internal controls are implemented thoroughly.
At Kao, we are endeavoring to protect Research and Development (R&D) outcomes and effectively utilize the rights derived from these outcomes through cooperation between our Intellectual Property Division and research institutes to realize "Contributions to business and social through intellectual property (IP)."
We implement process safety and disaster prevention activities with the aim of ensuring the safety of employees and maintenance of safe, stable operations, stipulating matters relating to prevention of accidents, emergency response and strengthened security. Through these activities, we aim to completely eliminate accidents.
Responsible Care Activities
Responsible Care (RC) Activities is a voluntary program in which a company that handles chemical takes voluntary measures for the environment, safety, and the use chemical substances in all processes from development to disposal of chemical substances. Kao promotes RC activities.
We implement risk and crisis management that can respond both appropriately and promptly to changes in the business environment, to prevent risks to happen and to minimize the damage and loss in the case where risks become realized.
We recognize that paying taxes is an unquestioning obligation of companies, and our basic philosophy is to pay taxes as appropriate and in compliance with the tax laws of each country, tax treaties and related statutes and rules.