In March 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed Kao Corporation's website and downloaded it Sustainability Data Book 2019.
The book stated that Kao would not use animal testing unless it cannot be avoided due to lack of availability of alternative methods, regulatory requirements or other similar reasons. That applied to cosmetics and other products.
It was however working on the development of alternative testing methods and used alternative tests as much as posssible. Where animal tests are used, testing is kept to a minimum.
The company received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for Animal Testing and lost a whole mark under this category.
Sustainability Data Book 2019 (4 March 2020)