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2020 initiatives based on the Kao Environmental Statement [EC2]

Kao released the Kao Environmental Statement in 2009. Kao has established and is promoting initiatives concerning CO2, water, chemical substances, biodiversity and other environmental impacts.

Policies/structures

Kao is promoting “eco together” activities in partnership with many diverse stakeholders including consumers, business partners and communities across the product lifecycle from materials procurement, manufacture, distribution, sales, usage, and waste disposal and recycle.
We have made our mission “to strive for the wholehearted satisfaction and enrichment of the lives of people globally.” As humankind faces the global-scale issues of global warming and resource depletion, we are promoting manufacturing based on reducing our environmental impact as a medium- to long-term business strategy.
While fulfilling our responsibilities as a user of chemicals, we are promoting environmental management in harmony with nature.
Based on this thinking, Kao recognizes the four areas of CO2, water, chemical substances and biodiversity as key environmental areas.

2020 Medium-term Targets
  1. CO2

    Consumer products: 35% reduction
    (across product lifecycle, per unit sales in Japan, relative to FY 2005)

  2. Water

    Water consumption during product use: 30% reduction
    (per unit sales in Japan, relative to FY 2005)

  3. Chemical substances

    Active implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) to promote sound chemical management

  4. Biodiversity

    Implementation of measures to protect biodiversity through responsible raw materials procurement and other measures

Global

2015 results and future targets

Continuing from the previous year, in 2015 we did not achieve our GHG emission reduction targets (all production and non-production sites and product transport) and waste generation. We will promote further efforts in 2016 aiming to achieve our targets.

CO2

Index Relevant division 2015 targets 2015 results 2016 targets 2020 targets
Energy consumption*1 Kao Group
All sites
30% reduction 31% reduction 31% reduction 35% reduction
GHG emissions*1 29% reduction 29% reduction 30% reduction 35% reduction
CO2 emissions*1 Kao Group in Japan
Entire product lifecycle*3
17% reduction 35% reduction
GHG emissions*2 Kao Group in Japan
All sites
+ product distribution
22% reduction 17% reduction

Water

Index Relevant division 2015 targets 2015 results 2016 targets 2020 targets
Water use*1 Kao Group
All sites
36% reduction 43% reduction 37% reduction 40% reduction
Kao Group in Japan
During product use*3
24% reduction 30% reduction

Biodiversity

Index Relevant division 2015 targets 2015 results 2016 targets 2020 targets
Quantity of purchased RSPO certified oil
(Palm oil, palm kernel oil and derivatives purchased by the Kao Group)
Kao Group 40,000 tons 24,000 tons 40,000 tons 120,000 tons
No. of RSPO SCCS certified plants Kao Group
All plants
15 companies, 18 plants 16 companies, 19 plants 20 companies, 25 plants Kao Group
All plants

Other

Index Relevant division 2015 targets 2015 results 2016 targets 2020 targets
Waste generation*1 Kao Group
All sites
30% reduction 27% reduction 31% reduction 33% reduction
Final disposal ratio*4 Kao Group in Japan
All sites
0.1% or lower 0.1% 0.1% or lower 0.1% or lower
Green procurement ratio*5 Kao Group in Japan
All supplier plants
99% 97%
  • *1 Per unit of sales, relative to 2005
  • *2 Absolute quantity, relative to 1990
  • *3 Mainly for consumer products sold in Japan
  • *4 The percentage of landfilled waste among total waste and other unwanted materials generated
  • *5 Ratio of relevant supplier plants implementing an environmental management system
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