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SRI indexes and evaluations (as of June 1, 2016)

SRI indexes

Kao was selected for inclusion in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, among the world’s most renowned socially responsible investment (SRI) indices, for the second straight year. In addition, of 24 companies, Kao received the highest score among industrial groups in the Household & Personal Products category and was selected as the Industry Group Leader. Kao continues to be included in a number of other world-leading indexes as well.

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, FTSE4Good Global Index, ETHIBEL
ECPI, MS-SRI

Evaluation

Switzerland-based RobecoSAM, a leading global SRI assessment company, selected Kao for its Gold Class award in its 2015 sustainability rating as well as an Industry Mover in 2015.

ROBECOSAM Sustainability Award Instry Leader 2016, Ethisphere, CLIMATE DISCLOSURE LEADER e-comresearch, Diversity Management Selection 100, Health and Productivity

Global

List of recognition by outside organizations in 2015

Various initiatives conducted by the Kao Group to contribute to realizing a sustainable society have earned high recognition.

Conservation
Date of award Group recognized Name and details of recognition Sponsoring organization
2015/02 Kashima Plant
Kao Corporation
Received the Environment Minister’s Prize as a plant working to conserve greenery areas with consideration for regional biodiversity. Contest for Corporate Activities on Biodiversity
2015/02 Kao Corporation Received the Olive Leaf Award in the Business and Biodiversity Awards for presenting an ideal raw materials procurement policy in the Guidelines for Sustainable Procurement of Raw Materials. World Wildlife Fund Japan (WWF Japan)
2015/02 Kao Customer Marketing Co., Ltd. Received the grand prize in the 4th Simplified Packaging Award (2015) for practice of eco-packaging for Bioré Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets. Hokkaido Council to Promote Simplified Containers and Packaging
2015/04 Pilipinas Kao, Inc Received the PEZA Environmental Performance Award for improvements achieved in saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions and efforts and achievements in environmental protection projects. Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)
2015/05 Kao Corporation Received the WorldStar Award in the Household Category for Wide Haiter EX Power fabric bleach, 600ml bottle, for its excellent environmental design. World Packaging Organisation
2015/06 Kawasaki Plant
Kao Corporation
Received the 2015 Kawasaki City Environmental Merit Commendation for promoting protection of greenery and tree planting at the plant as well as contributions to improving the community environment. Kawasaki City
2015/10 Kao Corporation Received a commendation of merit for urban greening in FY 2015 urban greening and urban park development, conservation, and beautification campaigns from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for activities conducted over 15 years in the “Kao Creating Forests for Everyone” program. Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
2015/11 Kao Corporation Selected as a Top Public Disclosure Company briefing for the Kao Group’s environmental conservation activities and approach to disclosing information to stakeholders. CDP
Community
Date of award Group recognized Name and details of recognition Sponsoring organization
2015/05 Kao Corporation Received the 39th Kinoshita Prize in the Research and Development category for the one-push container with a measuring feature adopted in CuCute One-push Clear Gel dishwasher detergent. Japan Packaging Institute
2015/08 Kao Corporation, Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. Received the Japan Star Award, President of The Accessible Design Foundation of Japan Award, in the 2015 Japan Packaging Contest for new tactile cues adopted in Bioré-u body soap containers. Another four Kao Group products, including Kanebo Cosmetics’ LISSAGE MEN series, also received awards. Japan Packaging Institute
2015/10 Wakayama Plant
Kao Corporation
Received a Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare commendation for being an excellent ordering company in FY 2015 for Kao’s long-term support of the Sumiya Wasa Welfare Factory. Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
2015/11 Kao Corporation Received the 16th Kawai Commemorative Award for a joint research paper on research related to daily walking speed using an activity meter and lowering ADL based on the health condition and walking speed of seniors. Health and Welfare Statistics Association
2015/12 Kao Corporation Received the Society Award for receiving approval in OECD Test Guidelines of the alternative cell-based short time exposure (STE) eye irritation test, an original test developed by Kao to conduct safety assessments without relying on animal testing. The Japanese Society for Alternatives to Animal Experiments
2015/12 Kao Corporation Received the Encouragement Award of The Society for Risk Analysis Japan for a series of research outcomes including research papers and textbook content creation mainly focused on risk assessments and Society activities. The Society for Risk Analysis Japan
Culture
Date of award Group recognized Name and details of recognition Sponsoring organization
2015/03 Kao Corporation Selected for the World’s Most Ethical Companies list in 2015, which honors companies that excel in ethical business standards and practices from the perspectives of corporate ethics, governance, social responsibility, citizenship activities and corporate culture. Ethisphere Institute
2015/03 Kao Corporation Selected as a Health & Productivity Stock as a company strategically working from a management perspective to manage the health of employees and others. Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, The Tokyo Stock Exchange
2015/03 Kao Corporation Designated in FY 2012 and 2014 as a Nadeshiko Brand for supporting women’s careers and supporting work–life balance. Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, The Tokyo Stock Exchange
2015/05 Kao Corporation Received the Outstanding Prize in the 9th Responsible Care Awards for earthquake preparedness measures aimed at safe and stable plant production conducted since 1998. Japan Chemical Industry Association
2015/12 Kao Corporation Selected for the Asia IP Elite list for 3 consecutive years as an Asian company with an excellent intellectual property strategy. Intellectual Asset Management (IAM)
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