In March 2021, Kao received the JIPS*1 Award from the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) for the fifth year in a row. The JIPS Award is given to companies which initiatives to earn the trust of the public society by voluntarily conducting chemical risk assessment for human health and the environment and disclosing proper usage without adverse effect on human health and the environment. Kao is the only company in Japan that has received the award for five consecutive years, with the highest award, the Grand Prize, being conferred for the fourth time this year.
Kao handles a wide range of chemicals in its industrial chemical products, including asphalt modifiers, as well as in its consumer products, including laundry detergents, bath additives and cosmetics. In order to fulfill our social responsibility as a company that handles chemicals, we have been making effort to conduct chemicals risk assessment, strengthen chemicals risk management on site, and disclose the results and our activities. Since 2012, Kao established the company-wide SAICM*2 Promotion Committee and have been working to enhance chemicals management and to achieve SAICM, a global common goal.
In 2020, based on scientific evidence, we issued "Safety Summary documents" of several chemicals including alkyl sulfate ester salts in which the chemicals can be used safely without adverce effect on human health and the environment. We received the Grand Prize for publishing the highest number of such summary documents in Japan.
Alkyl Sulfate is useful in enhancing superb washing and foaming power and is included in kitchen and laundry detergents, body cleansers, shampoos, toothpastes, etc. as a cleansing ingredient.
For formulation, in addition to complying with the laws and regulations of each country, we conduct a detailed risk assessment based on Kao's unique safety standards as well as various in-use tests.
Chemicals help us to live a sustainable lifestyle if properly used with appropriate understanding.
Going forward, Kao will improve its activities with the aim of contributing to the realization of a safe society with peace of mind.