Founded in Japan in 1887 with a mission to enrich people’s lives, Kao's commitment to deliver high quality products that make life beautiful has continued for over 130 years.
Globally, Kao has 33,000 employees working across four business fields: Beauty Care, Human Health Care and Fabric & Home Care and our Chemicals Business.
Our Beauty Care Division features high quality Hair and Skin Care brands such as John Frieda, Sensai, Kanebo, Goldwell, Bioré, KMS, Oribe and Molton Brown.
Kao Corporation has been recognized as one of the 2020 World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a U.S. think tank that specialises in research on corporate ethics and social responsibility.
This annual recognition is bestowed on companies that have achieved significant results for corporate transparency, fairness, ethics and compliance. Kao has been chosen every year since the Institute began compiling its list in 2007, making Kao a recipient of this recognition 14 years in a row, the only Japanese company with this honour.
For 130 years Kao´s research and development competency is at the heart of the company´s success. About 3000 researchers in 15 research centers globally are driven to constantly innovate and create products that have a positive impact on the lives of our consumers. Kao technologies are the result of intense fundamental research and Kao products adhere to the highest standards in terms of quality and safety. Innovation and the Japanese concept of Yoki-Monozukuri, constantly striving for improvement and the highest quality standards, make Kao Japan´s leading consumer goods manufacturer.