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Kao USA, Inc.

Last Update: Jan 28th, 2019
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Recycled Content

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Statement Of Support

Recycle initiatives include proactive efforts to introduce and use recycled materials, including recycled paper and resin.

Responsible Fiber Sourcing

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We purchase only recycled paper and paper produced with considerations for sustainability for the paper and pulp used in Kao Group products, packaging materials and office paper by 2020. When using pulp other than waste pulp (virgin pulp), by 2020 we will purchase only pulp that is traceable to the source, and confirm zero deforestation at producers of wood materials through cooperation with suppliers and third-party organizations.

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 or peatlands, regardless of the depth.

Bio-based / Renewable Materials

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Our Renewable initiatives include converting petroleum-based resins to bioplastics derived from renewable plant sources, such as polylactic acid and bio-polyethylene.

Renewable / Alternative Energy

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Kao-owned plants (including Logistics Centers), such as Kao Corporation’s Wakayama Plant and the Atsugi Logistics Center, have begun introduction of solar panels (total generated electricity was 459 MWh in 2016). Plants are also considering solar photovoltaic power system installations for newly built structures.

Energy Consumption

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Energy Consumption

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2020 target: 35% reduction in energy consumption, per unit of sales (2005 baseline) We set the 2020 reduction targets for energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions pertaining to all Kao Group sites in 2013 and have aimed to achieve at least a 1% reduction each year.

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Material Efficiency

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We continue to reduce the raw materials used in packaging that becomes waste after product use by consumers.

To reduce the amount of packaging used, we are reducing the amount of resin used in packaging and making packaging more compact, for example by making contents more concentrated, and offering refill products. These activities comply with the ISO 18600 series on standardization of packaging and its environmental impact.

To contribute to reducing the volume of generated waste at retailers, we are working with the understanding and cooperation of retailers to reduce the amount of boxes used in the delivery of products.

Volumetric Efficiency

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Increase shipment volumes per shipment. We are proactively making adjustments including improving loading efficiency, changing product sizes and using larger vehicles.

Water Consumption

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2020 targets for reduction rate for water usage, per unit of sales, relative to FY2005:

  • All Kao Group plants and offices
  • 40% Consumer products in Japan, during product use: 30%

Manufacturing / Operational Waste

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2020 target reduction rate for waste production per unit of sales, relative to FY2005, all Kao Group plants and offices: 33%

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