Kao utilizes derivatives of palm oil and palm kernel oil mainly produced in Malaysia and Indonesia as raw materials for the products. As part of this, we are implementing activities to achieve sustainable palm oil production.
We have participated in the Stakeholder Engagement (SHE) Programme conducted by Caux Round Table Japan (CRT Japan). This year, we visited small oil palm farmers in Indonesia to conduct a dialogue with them. We also participated in a meeting with local NGOs that are working to address environmental and human rights issues.
In Jakarta, we participated in a meeting with local NGOs that are working to address environmental and human rights issues. Discussions ranged from environmental issues in the development of palm plantations, to profit distribution in the supply chain, as well as activities aimed at resolving those issues.
In Jambi Province, we participated in a meeting with a group of small independent farmers not associated with any specific palm oil plantation company. This group was formed to receive the Group Certification*1 by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), and works under the guidance of a local NPO to improve farm management practices and engage in cooperative shipping. During the meeting, we also heard from farmers who are moving forward with their own palm replanting projects*2 with the cooperation of the government and local governments.
At Kao, we are striving to establish a sustainable palm oil supply chain and will continue to hold dialogue with small oil palm farmers to address their issues in collaboration with our stakeholders.