Kao recognizes the importance of global issues and risks such as scarcity of resources, global warming, degradation of biodiversity and other environmental problems, as well as human rights* , and, to contribute to resolution of global issues, Kao strives for sustainable procurement of raw materials.
Recognizing the dependence of its businesses on natural capital, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source in its procurement of raw materials including palm oil and paper. Over the medium-to-long term, Kao strives to reduce its use of natural capital by reducing the amount of raw materials used in its business and shifting to alternative raw materials such as algae or other non-edible biomass sources, in addition to working toward sustainable procurement that also takes into account ethical issues that have emerged due to globalization.
Kao commits to zero deforestation in its palm oil procurement, in consideration of preservation of biodiversity.
Palm oil, palm kernel oil and their derivatives used in Kao Group consumer products
We will revise these guidelines in response to changes in social or environmental conditions, or new findings.
Kao commits to zero deforestation in its paper and pulp procurement, in consideration of preservation of biodiversity.
Paper and pulp used in Kao consumer products and packaging
Office paper, including photocopier paper, envelopes, printed matter and product brochures
Third-party certification must be obtained that the paper and pulp were produced under proper management, such as forest certification from the FSC*1 , PEFC*2 or other reliable certification body.
Coordinate with various stakeholders, including suppliers, non-governmental organizations, specialists and third-party organizations to ensure traceability to the land of origin.
We will implement these guidelines in stages in view of country and regional circumstances. We will revise these guidelines in response to changes in social or environmental conditions, or new findings.