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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.

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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 is formulating Guidelines for Sustainable Procurement of Raw Materials in order to eliminate deforestation. By 2020, the Kao Group aims to achieve sourcing of all palm oil used in consumer products from plantations that are sustainable. In 2019, traceability back to the oil mills for all palm oil used in Kao Group’s consumer products was verified.

Oil palm plantations → Palm oil mills → Palm kernel oil mills → Oil refinery → Oil and fat chemical plant(Kao) → Products

Oil palm plantations → Palm oil mills → Palm kernel oil mills → Oil refinery → Oil and fat chemical plant(Kao) → Products

Oil palm plantations → Palm oil mills → Palm kernel oil mills → Oil refinery → Oil and fat chemical plant(Kao) → Products

The Kao Group is committed to using 100% RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil in its consumer products by 2020. We are also expanding the use of RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil in industrial applications. We aim to ensure that all our oil is fully sustainable and can be traced back to its origin.


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