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Foundations of Kao's ESG Commitment

This is the foundation that supports the three pillars of My Kirei Lifestyle: "Making my everyday more beautiful," "Making thoughtful choices for society," and "Making the world healthier & cleaner." We will promote the following seven Kao Actions so that all Kao employees can walk the right path at all times, and by conducting our business activities with sincerity and integrity, we will help people around the world lead beautiful lives.

Walking the Right Path

EFFECTIVE
CORPORATE
GOVERNANCE

We will steadily implement our ESG Strategy through examining our corporate governance system whenever necessary, and conducting fair and honest business activities while acting in accordance with laws and ethics and responding to changes in society. All of this will contribute to creating a global presence for Kao.

FULL
TRANSPARENCY

We believe that communicating accurate information about our products, in ways that are appropriate and easy to understand, is essential to have people make the right choices and lead comfortable lives. We disclose information in a timely manner through our websites and various opportunities to engage with stakeholders.

RESPECTING
HUMAN
RIGHTS

We have developed the Kao Human Rights Policy, which is based on the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Kao is implementing measures aimed at fostering respect for human rights in every aspect of our Yoki-Monozukuri processes.

INCLUSIVE
& DIVERSE
WORKPLACES

Kao believes that the vitality derived from diversity can create new value for society. To this end, as a company, we strive to have all employees to maximize their passion and skills in an organizational culture that accepts the diverse personalities and values of individual employees, and to combine their abilities to enhance our overall capabilities.

EMPLOYEE
WELLBEING
& SAFETY

Efforts involving employee wellbeing and safety are essential to ensure that we carry out our basic activities as well as to accomplish initiatives that will bring about social transformation. The abilities of highly skilled and motivated employees are needed to conduct innovative activities.

HUMAN
CAPITAL
DEVELOPMENT

Employees are a company's most important asset. Aiming to draw out the unlimited potential that every employee possesses to generate immense vitality, and utilize this vitality to the maximum possible extent as an organization. We strive to create an environment and a corporate culture in which both individuals and the company grow together through successful completion of work and making positive contributions to society.

RESPONSIBLE
CHEMICALS
MANAGEMENT

We appropriately manage chemicals using science-based risk assessment and risk management procedures across the entire product lifecycle from development and production through to use and disposal, aiming to minimize their significant adverse effects on human health and the environment. We will promote responsible chemicals management and contribute to the sustainability of society based on the Kirei Lifestyle Plan.

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