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Selecting Materials Using Eco-Friendly Plant Materials —Sustainably Selecting Materials—

Selecting Materials Using Eco-Friendly Plant Materials —Sustainably Selecting Materials—

Selecting Materials Using Eco-Friendly Plant Materials —Sustainably Selecting Materials—

Eco-friendly procurement that respects both nature and people

Our lives depend on the bounties of nature.
To protect our rich natural environment and achieve a sustainable lifestyle, 
Kao is committed to selecting raw materials with a low environmental impact.

Palm oil is an indispensable raw material,
but we must also make sure that forests are protected


Surfactants, which are vital compounds for products such as detergents and cosmetics, are made from palm kernel oil. Palm kernel oil is harvested from oil palms.

Palm Oil Palm oil is derived from the pulp of the oil palm fruit and is used for instant ramen noodles and for fried foods such as potato chips. Palm Kernel Oil Oil extracted from the seed of the oil palm is used in surfactants, which are used in products such as detergents.

Oil palms grow in the tropics. The forests of the tropics are rich in biodiversity, providing a habitat to a wide range of plants and animals. Additionally, forests absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), making them vital for climate control.

Using oil palm plantations with consideration towards sustainability

With demand increasing for palm oil and palm kernel oil in recent years, illegal deforestation and habitat degradation have become critical issues.
To combat deforestation and habitat loss, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was created in 2004. In 2007, Kao became an RSPO member.

Aiming to improve our relationship with the forests


Understanding the importance of biodiversity preservation, Kao formulated Guidelines for Sustainable Procurement of Raw Materials in order to eliminate deforestation. Kao has reached its 2015 goal of procuring palm oil and palm kernel oil only from fully traceable sources, all the way back to the mill.

アブラヤシ農園 → パーム搾油工場 → パーム核搾油工場 → 精油工場 → 油脂化学工場(花王) → 製品

アブラヤシ農園 → パーム搾油工場 → パーム核搾油工場 → 精油工場 → 油脂化学工場(花王) → 製品

アブラヤシ農園 → パーム搾油工場 → パーム核搾油工場 → 精油工場 → 油脂化学工場(花王) → 製品

The Kao Group is committed to using only sustainably sourced palm oil in its consumer products by 2020. Our aim by then is to be able to trace all the oil from the oil mills back to each sustainable plantation of origin.


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