To contribute to the realization of more sustainable lifestyles, Kao is working with administrative bodies, private corporations, and NPOs in research and information-sharing efforts.
In 2016, in collaboration with Kawasaki City and the food company Ajinomoto, we conducted a hands-on environmental education program for parents and children.
Along with Ajinomoto and E-Square (a CSR and environmental consulting company), Kao launched the Society for Sustainable Food and Lifestyles in 2011 as a way to evaluate consumer awareness and lifestyles, as well as think about creating a more sustainable future.The environment is something that everyone must consider, not just those with a particular interest in environmental issues. Recognizing the importance of working with a wider spectrum of people, Kao is making efforts to collaborate with companies whose business activities are relevant to everyday life, and to widen our horizons with respect to the kind of actions we can take.
In addition to our research and program development, we communicate with consumers by hosting forums at EcoPro, an international exhibition on the environment and energy, as well as by organizing workshops at Ajinomoto, Kao, and Tohoku University.
Kao Wakayama Plant workshop (2013)
In July 2016, the Society for Sustainable Food and Lifestyles started to join hands with Kawasaki City (Kanagawa Prefecture) to host a program for fifth grade students and their parents and guardians. The name of the hands-on environmental education program was "the Earth's Future through Food and Living-Summer Challenge".
Teaching students about eco-conscious efforts at Kao's Kawasaki Plant
During the program, children visited Kawasaki City's environment-related facilities, were shown around Kao and Ajinomoto plants in Kawasaki, and participated in workshops to understand the relationship between everyday living and the environment. We believe that these activities will inspire children to think about how their lifestyles impact the environment, and encourage them to lead more eco-conscious lives. Kao received the Kids Design Award 2017 from Kids Design Association in recognition of the benefits of the "Summer Challenge" program.
Using experiments to figure out a more eco-friendly way to do laundry
Participants in the three-day program
We will continue to create events that motivate consumers and the children of the next generation to lead more eco-friendly lifestyles.
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