External Evaluation

Kao is strongly committed to sustainable development with a focus on the well-being and health of society. This is reflected in both our products and processes.

This commitment is demonstrated by various certificates issued by certifying entities. These certifications recognize the long time efforts of Kao Chemicals Europe towards environmental consciousness, contributing to society as a whole, and sound and transparent corporate governance.

As part of the global Kao group, we have other common acknowledgements, indexes, and evaluations. To learn more, click on the following link.

SRI indexes and evaluations


This is received after the evaluation of the EcoVadis platform. This rating covers a wide range of non-financial management systems that includes environmental impact, labor practices, human rights, ethics and sustainable purchasing.

Responsible Care

Responsible Care

It is a voluntary, public and active initiative for Chemical Companies whose objective is to ensure that affiliated businesses, while carrying out their activities, continuously improve in areas of Safety, Health and the Environment according to Sustainable Development Principles.

Responsible Care is a global programme undertaken in 52 countries worldwide, which is governed:

  • In Spain, by the Spanish Chemical Industry Business Federation (Federación Empresarial de la Industria Química Española- FEIQUE).

Kao Corporation, S.A.
Declaración Global Responsible Care
Kao Corporation, S.A.
Responsible Care Certificate
  • In Germany, by the German Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI, the German chemical industry association).

Kao Chemicals GmbH.
Responsible Care Certificate
  • In Mexico, by the Asociación Nacional De La Industria Química, A.C. (ANIQ)

Quimikao S.A. de C.V.
Responsible Care Certificate

Voluntary certifications and recognitions

Kao Chemicals Europe has subscribed a system of audits on a voluntary basis, the overcoming of which accredits the suitability of their system to achieve the objectives pursued. All of these activities are audited both internally and externally.

The voluntary certifications obtained by the different companies of Kao Chemicals Europe are:

GMP Standard for Cosmetic Ingredients

As described in the ISO 22716 standard. Good Manufacturing Practices are practical and organizational guidelines set up to ensure the reproducibility and the quality of manufacturing process in cosmetic products.

Kao Corporation, S.A.
GMP Certificate
EMAS - Verified environmental management


A European regulation (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) outlining an environmental management and audit scheme which establishes environmental performance indicators to analyze and measure the efficient use of resources.

According to regulation (CE) Nº 1221/2009, which allows those voluntary, abiding organisations bound by a common Environment and Management Auditing System (EMAS), Kao Corporation, S.A., publishes its Environmental Declaration annually.

Kao Corporation, S.A.
Certificate of Registration

The Environmental Declaration

Provides necessary information, from an external point of view, to be used in evaluating the behaviour of Kao in relation to the Environment. The desire of Kao Corporation, S.A. is to be open and transparent in management practice, so as to strengthen its links with authorities, the community, institutions and any other interested party. Check previous documents

Kao Corporation, S.A.U.
Environmental Declaration 2021 (EN)
Kao Corporation, S.A.U.
Declaración Medioambiental 2021 (ES)
IQNet - The international certification network DNV · GL - Managemenet system certification

ISO 50001

An international standard providing a management framework and development strategy for energy system organizations. It is developed by ISO and covers aspects such as energy use and consumption, design and acquisition practices for energy consuming equipment, systems and processes and development of energy management plans, among other activities.

Kao Corporation, S.A.
ISO 50001:2011
Kao Chemicals GmbH
ISO 50001:2011
RSPO - Certified sustainable palm oil


KAO Corporation, which has been a member of the "Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil" (RSPO) since 2007, concluded in 2015 by certifying all of its chemical facilities are already compliant with the RSPO "Mass Balance" and "Segregated" Supply Chain Certification Systems.

More information: https://www.rspo.org/

Kao Corporation
Certificate RSPO
Energy efficiency improvement program UE Fondo Nacional de Eficiencia Energética

Energy efficiency improvement program

Kao Chemicals Europe considers environmental investments an essential part of sustainable business development.

The Institute for Energy Savings and Diversification (IDAE) awarded Kao Corporation, S.A. a financial grant to improve the energy efficiency at its Olesa de Montserrat and Mollet del Vallés production sites (financed jointly FEDER).

As a results of this project a substantial reduction of CO2 emissions was achieved through:

  1. Optimization of the energy use of steam boilers (807,89 tep/year).
  2. Replacement of the current lighting system by LED (6,16 tep/year).
  3. Cooling water optimization in the manufacturing processes of surfactants and aroma chemicals in Mollet (16,82 tep/year).
  4. Energy efficiency in lighting and Cooling water optimization in production processes in Olesa (38,15 tep/year).
Kao Corporation
Mollet del Vallès
Kao Corporation
Olesa de Montserrat