CDP has recognized the Kao Corporation with a triple-A score on its "A List" for the second consecutive year. (December 2021)
CDP is a leading international nonprofit organization.
Kao is a leading manufacturer of personal care, household and cosmetics products.
Kao received a triple-A score for its sustainability initiatives involving climate change, forests and water security.
Selection onto the list was determined by a global survey of businesses and an evaluation of activities. A total of 12,000 firms were evaluated for the "A List," with only 14 selected for inclusion across the three categories.
Kao has now been included in the Climate Change "A List" for the third time, the Forests "A List" for the second time and the Water Security "A List" for the fifth time. The inclusion of Kao in the Climate Change, Forests and Water Security "A Lists" is a result of efforts being made across its value chain.
"Receiving a triple-A score in CDP's rankings two years in a row is a great honor and is a huge motivation for Kao to push even further to build and grow a purposeful business and help people live a more sustainable lifestyle, a 'Kirei' lifestyle," says Dave Muenz, executive officer in charge of ESG at Kao Corporation. "The Japanese word 'kirei' describes something that is clean, well-ordered and beautiful, all at the same time. We made some big decisions from last year, which we believe has helped us earn this recognition. These include committing to going beyond carbon zero to carbon negative by 2050, and launching programs for our palm oil supply chain."
By integrating ESG into the core of its company management, Kao will drive business growth and better serve consumers and society through its enhanced products and services.