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.
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.
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.
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.
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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