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Kao Named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Fourth Consecutive Year

Kao Corporation has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific) for four years in a row, among the world's most renowned socially responsible investment (SRI) indices.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices are offered cooperatively by S&P Dow Jones Indices in the United States and RobecoSAM in Switzerland to evaluate the sustainability of the world's leading companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria. Each year, about 2,500 companies are evaluated, and about 10 percent of these companies are named to DJSI World. This year, 320 companies were selected for inclusion in the World index, 31 companies of which are headquartered in Japan.

Kao received high evaluation in the Environmental category. In this category, Kao's environmental management system as well as its package development activities was evaluated favorably. Kao also scored highly in the Social category, in which Kao was lauded for its human capital development. In the Economic category, Kao's matrix management system was also recognized for contributing to innovation management.

Supported by such recognition as being named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, the Kao Group will continue to work toward achievement of a sustainable society.


About Kao

Kao creates high-value-added products that enrich the lives of consumers around the world. Through its portfolio of over 20 leading brands such as Attack, Bioré, Goldwell, Jergens, John Frieda, Kanebo, Laurier, Merries and Molton Brown, Kao is part of the everyday lives of people in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe. Combined with its chemical division, which contributes to a wide range of industries, Kao generates about 1,500 billion yen in annual sales. Kao employs about 35,000 people worldwide and has more than 120 years of history in innovation. Please visit the Kao Group website for updated information.

Media inquiries should be directed to:

Corporate Communications Department
Kao Corporation

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