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  • Overall approach
    6/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Deforestation-Free
      4/6
      "Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source in its procurement of raw materials including palm oil and paper."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      New York Declaration on Forests; UN Global Consumer Goods Forum; UN Global Compact
      Kao Corporation are a signatory of the New York Declaration on Forests, the UN Global Consumer Goods Forum, and the UN Global Compact.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      Kao commit to not sourcing paper and palm oil from high conservation value forests.
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    65/86
    • Palm oil
      68/86
      • Commitment Strength
        34/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            "By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of palm oil through cooperation with plantations, suppliers (mills and refineries) and third-party organizations." "By 2020, Kao will work to obtain RSPO*1 SCCS*2 certification of Kao Group factories in order to build a traceable supply chain for the Kao Group."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of palm oil through cooperation with plantations, suppliers (mills and refineries) and third-party organizations." "By 2020, Kao will work to obtain RSPO*1 SCCS*2 certification of Kao Group factories in order to build a traceable supply chain for the Kao Group."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of palm oil through cooperation with plantations, suppliers (mills and refineries) and third-party organizations." "By 2020, Kao will work to obtain RSPO*1 SCCS*2 certification of Kao Group factories in order to build a traceable supply chain for the Kao Group."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of palm oil through cooperation with plantations, suppliers (mills and refineries) and third-party organizations."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of palm oil through cooperation with plantations, suppliers (mills and refineries) and third-party organizations."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of palm oil through cooperation with plantations, suppliers (mills and refineries) and third-party organizations." "By 2020, Kao will work to obtain RSPO*1 SCCS*2 certification of Kao Group factories in order to build a traceable supply chain for the Kao Group."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only sustainably sourced palm oil that is traceable to the plantation for use in Kao Group consumer products."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of palm oil through cooperation with plantations, suppliers (mills and refineries) and third-party organizations. We will not purchase palm oil that contributes to development of any high conservation value (HCV) forests, high carbon stock (HCS) forests or peatlands, regardless of the depth."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of palm oil through cooperation with plantations, suppliers (mills and refineries) and third-party organizations. We will not purchase palm oil that contributes to development of any high conservation value (HCV) forests, high carbon stock (HCS) forests or peatlands, regardless of the depth."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of palm oil through cooperation with plantations, suppliers (mills and refineries) and third-party organizations. We will not purchase palm oil that contributes to development of any high conservation value (HCV) forests, high carbon stock (HCS) forests or peatlands, regardless of the depth."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of palm oil through cooperation with plantations, suppliers (mills and refineries) and third-party organizations. We will not purchase palm oil that contributes to development of any high conservation value (HCV) forests, high carbon stock (HCS) forests or peatlands, regardless of the depth."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of palm oil through cooperation with plantations, suppliers (mills and refineries) and third-party organizations. We will not purchase palm oil that contributes to development of any high conservation value (HCV) forests, high carbon stock (HCS) forests or peatlands, regardless of the depth."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of palm oil through cooperation with plantations, suppliers (mills and refineries) and third-party organizations. We will not purchase palm oil that contributes to development of any high conservation value (HCV) forests, high carbon stock (HCS) forests or peatlands, regardless of the depth."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of palm oil through cooperation with plantations, suppliers (mills and refineries) and third-party organizations. We will not purchase palm oil that contributes to development of any high conservation value (HCV) forests, high carbon stock (HCS) forests or peatlands, regardless of the depth."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only sustainably sourced palm oil that is traceable to the plantation for use in Kao Group consumer products."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only sustainably sourced palm oil that is traceable to the plantation for use in Kao Group consumer products."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only sustainably sourced palm oil that is traceable to the plantation for use in Kao Group consumer products."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only sustainably sourced palm oil that is traceable to the plantation for use in Kao Group consumer products."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only sustainably sourced palm oil that is traceable to the plantation for use in Kao Group consumer products."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only sustainably sourced palm oil that is traceable to the plantation for use in Kao Group consumer products."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only sustainably sourced palm oil that is traceable to the plantation for use in Kao Group consumer products."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        22/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            In 2018, Kao Corp reported their total consumption of palm oil as 421400 tonnes, of which 195000 tonnes was RSPO certified
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            In 2018, Kao Corp reported their total consumption of palm oil as 421400 tonnes, of which 195000 tonnes was RSPO certified.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            In 2018, Kao Corp reported their total consumption of palm oil as 421400 tonnes, of which 195000 tonnes was RSPO certified.
        • Reporting is independently verified
          4/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            In 2018, Kao Corp reported their total consumption of palm oil as 421400 tonnes, of which 195000 tonnes was RSPO certified
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            In 2018, Kao Corp reported their total consumption of palm oil as 421400 tonnes, of which 195000 tonnes was RSPO certified.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            In 2018, Kao Corp reported their total consumption of palm oil as 421400 tonnes, of which 195000 tonnes was RSPO certified.
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          2020
          "By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of palm oil through cooperation with plantations, suppliers (mills and refineries) and third-party organizations."
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "We monitor our suppliers for the purpose of confirming their compliance with our Guidelines for Supplier's Assessment"
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "If a supplier is not meeting Kao standards, we visit the supplier, share concerns about the issues, and implement measures to correct the situation."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings
          "In Jakarta, we participated in a meeting with local NGOs that are working to address environmental and human rights issues. Discussions ranged from environmental issues in the development of palm plantations, to profit distribution in the supply chain, as well as activities aimed at resolving those issues."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          In 2018, Kao Corp reported their total consumption of palm oil as 421400 tonnes, of which 195000 tonnes was RSPO certified.
      • Social Considerations
        12/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "We support and respect international norms of behavior on human rights, including [...] the principles of free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Kao Corp. state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO and the UN Declaration on Human Rights. They require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "At Kao, we are striving to establish a sustainable palm oil supply chain and will continue to hold dialogue with small oil palm farmers to address their issues in collaboration with our stakeholders."
    • Pulp & Paper
      62/86
      • Commitment Strength
        34/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC; PEFC
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            "In the event Kao uses pulp that is not recycled (virgin pulp): By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of wood fiber for raw materials. Kao will not contribute to development of any high conservation value (HCV) forests, high carbon stock (HCS) forests". "Third-party certification must be obtained that the paper and pulp were produced under proper management, such as forest certification from the FSC, PEFC or other reliable certification body."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "In the event Kao uses pulp that is not recycled (virgin pulp): By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of wood fiber for raw materials. Kao will not contribute to development of any high conservation value (HCV) forests, high carbon stock (HCS) forests". "Third-party certification must be obtained that the paper and pulp were produced under proper management, such as forest certification from the FSC, PEFC or other reliable certification body."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "In the event Kao uses pulp that is not recycled (virgin pulp): By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of wood fiber for raw materials. Kao will not contribute to development of any high conservation value (HCV) forests, high carbon stock (HCS) forests". "Third-party certification must be obtained that the paper and pulp were produced under proper management, such as forest certification from the FSC, PEFC or other reliable certification body."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In the event Kao uses pulp that is not recycled (virgin pulp): By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of wood fiber for raw materials. Kao will not contribute to development of any high conservation value (HCV) forests, high carbon stock (HCS) forests". "Third-party certification must be obtained that the paper and pulp were produced under proper management, such as forest certification from the FSC, PEFC or other reliable certification body."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In the event Kao uses pulp that is not recycled (virgin pulp): By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of wood fiber for raw materials. Kao will not contribute to development of any high conservation value (HCV) forests, high carbon stock (HCS) forests". "Third-party certification must be obtained that the paper and pulp were produced under proper management, such as forest certification from the FSC, PEFC or other reliable certification body."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "In the event Kao uses pulp that is not recycled (virgin pulp): By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of wood fiber for raw materials. Kao will not contribute to development of any high conservation value (HCV) forests, high carbon stock (HCS) forests". "Third-party certification must be obtained that the paper and pulp were produced under proper management, such as forest certification from the FSC, PEFC or other reliable certification body."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "In the event Kao uses pulp that is not recycled (virgin pulp): By 2020, Kao commits to zero deforestation at the source of wood fiber for raw materials. Kao will not contribute to development of any high conservation value (HCV) forests, high carbon stock (HCS) forests". "Third-party certification must be obtained that the paper and pulp were produced under proper management, such as forest certification from the FSC, PEFC or other reliable certification body."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only recycled paper or sustainably sourced paper and pulp for use in its consumer products, packaging and office paper."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only recycled paper or sustainably sourced paper and pulp for use in its consumer products, packaging and office paper."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only recycled paper or sustainably sourced paper and pulp for use in its consumer products, packaging and office paper."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only recycled paper or sustainably sourced paper and pulp for use in its consumer products, packaging and office paper."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only recycled paper or sustainably sourced paper and pulp for use in its consumer products, packaging and office paper."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only recycled paper or sustainably sourced paper and pulp for use in its consumer products, packaging and office paper."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only recycled paper or sustainably sourced paper and pulp for use in its consumer products, packaging and office paper."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only pulp for raw materials that is traceable to the source."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only pulp for raw materials that is traceable to the source."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only pulp for raw materials that is traceable to the source."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only pulp for raw materials that is traceable to the source."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only pulp for raw materials that is traceable to the source."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only pulp for raw materials that is traceable to the source."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020, Kao will purchase only pulp for raw materials that is traceable to the source."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        20/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "traceability was verified for 99.8% of the paper Kao procured by 2017, 86% of which was certified paper"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            In 2016 99% of total paper procured was recycled or certified.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            "traceability was verified for 99.8% of the paper Kao procured by 2017, 86% of which was certified paper"
        • Reporting is independently verified
          4/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "traceability was verified for 99.8% of the paper Kao procured by 2017, 86% of which was certified paper"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            other third party verification
            Kao's reporting was assured by KPMG
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            other third party verification
            In 2017, Kao reported that 99% of total paper procured was recycled or certified, with this being verified by KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd..
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "We monitor our suppliers for the purpose of confirming their compliance with our Guidelines for Supplier's Assessment"
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "If a supplier is not meeting Kao standards, we visit the supplier, share concerns about the issues, and implement measures to correct the situation."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "In July 2018, we announced the "FSC certified procurement declaration 2020" together with six Japanese companies and groups."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          308000 tonnes
          Kao Corporation reported their total timber consumption as 308000 tonnes in the 2018 CDP report, of which 266000 tonnes were certified.
      • Social Considerations
        8/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "We support and respect international norms of behavior on human rights, including [...] the principles of free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Kao Corp. state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO and the UN Declaration on Human Rights. They require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    34/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    21/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    10/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Kao Corporation is a Japanese consumer goods company that manufactures beauty, health and home care products, whilst also providing chemicals to industrial markets. In 2015 the company, which owns well-known brands such as Molton Brown, John Freida and Merries, was listed as one of the top ten home care businesses in the world. Kao Corp is exposed to palm oil and soy, which are used in its consumer products, and also to pulp and paper which feature in both the company’s products and its general operations.   

Sector
Industry sector 
Cosmetics & personal care, Home care
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Japan
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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