Kao Corporation was named one of the Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World for the second year in a row. Selected from a pool of 7,395 companies chosen for evaluation, Kao was ranked 4th out of 42 companies in the Corporate Knights Industry Group's personal care and cleaning products category.
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The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World is an index evaluating global companies' sustainability performance developed by the Canadian media and research company Corporate Knights.
Global 100 companies represent the top 1.3% in the world on sustainability performance. Each were evaluated on a set of up to 21 quantitative key performance indicators across environmental, social and governance factors, weighted to reflect each industry's impact profile.
Kao was recognized for its excellence in innovation capacity and employee retention, as well as clean revenue, or revenue from all goods and services which have clear environmental benefits.
The Kao Group launched the Kirei Lifestyle Plan, its environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, in April 2019. Kao aims to integrate ESG into the core of its company management to accelerate business growth and create products and services of better value for consumers and society at large. Kao is committed to implementing its unique ESG activities globally for the wholehearted satisfaction and enrichment of the lives of people worldwide and to contribute to a sustainable society.
“We are honored to be included in the list two years in a row,” said Dave Muenz, executive officer in charge of ESG at Kao Corporation. “We will continue to be committed to driving purposeful business and innovations that help consumers live more sustainable lifestyles, or the Kirei Lifestyle — a beautiful life inside and out.”