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2016/09/16

Kao's response to RSPO's decision to lift the suspension of RSPO certification for the entire IOI Group

Kao recognizes the recent efforts made by the IOI Group to have its RSPO certification lifted. However, Kao will not source RSPO-certified palm products from the IOI Group until we are able to confirm that its proposed action plan is implemented and is objectively verified by a team of experts assigned by RSPO.

On August 8, 2016, RSPO lifted the suspension of RSPO certification for the entire IOI Group.

Kao recognizes the recent efforts made by the IOI Group to have its RSPO certification lifted. The reinstatement was granted after holding serious dialogues with stakeholders and reaching a consensus. We also considered the re-examination of IOI Group's "Sustainable Palm Oil Policy" through dialogues with its stakeholders and announcing its action plan as steps in the right direction.

However Kao will not resume sourcing RSPO-certified palm products from the IOI Group until its action plan to resolve the issues and progress is objectively verified by a team of experts assigned by RSPO and progress is confirmed.

In regard to IOI Group's Sustainable Palm Oil Policy, Kao will continue to monitor the implementation and progress of its action plan through direct dialogue with IOI.

Kao will continue to promote the responsible procurement of raw materials in accordance with Kao's Guidelines for Sustainable Procurement of Raw Materials*1 .

  1. *1 Guidelines for Sustainable Procurement of Raw Materials
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