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Highlights: Conservation

Kao’s recognition of social issues

In December 2015, the 196 countries and regions participating in the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) reached the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the rise in global average temperature to less than 2℃. The impacts of global warming include more frequent occurrences of extreme weather, rising sea levels, ecosystem changes, and increased risk of infectious diseases. The international community, including both developed and developing countries, must urgently address this issue.
Many other issues affecting the global environment are also increasing in severity, including water shortages due to rising populations and economic development, and loss of biodiversity due to deforestation and other causes.

Kao’s approach
In the Kao Environmental Statement released in 2009, we committed to partnering with various stakeholders to reduce environmental impacts across the product lifestyle and are conducting initiatives related to this. In the product lifecycle, the usage stage accounts for a very large portion of the environmental impacts, and we are therefore developing and offering products that contribute to reducing CO2 emissions and the amount of water consumed during use.
As a manufacturer that handles chemical products that can cause environmental damage, we are striving to properly manage chemical substances according to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and advancing initiatives aimed at goals such as conserving biodiversity in raw materials procurement and other processes.
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