〔Community involvement and development〕Together with the Community

Aiming for harmony and symbiosis

The KOSÉ Group regards harmony and coexistence with the countries and regions in which a business is being operated as important issues, and local employment and local procurement play an important role in contributing to the sustainable development of these countries and regions by supporting the concept (ISO26000, etc.). Based on this philosophy, we strive for economic and social contribution activities through business activities such as local employment and local procurement.
We are also actively engaged in social contribution activities through industry-academia collaboration and cosmetics.
In order to continue to be a company that is valued in each country and region, we will expand the scope of our activities, enhance their quality, and contribute to the development of a sustainable society as a corporate citizen.

Support Programs in Areas Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake

We would like to express our deepest sympathies to those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and pray for the earliest possible restoration of the affected areas. The KOSÉ Group will continue to extend its support to the Tohoku region.

Support Activities for Areas Affected by the Large Scale Disaster

Efforts towards Sports Development

See Special Feature 2.
Various Efforts to Promote Sports


Contents featuring supports provided to figure skating and synchronized swimming, and introductory interviews of athletes.


Activating the community and supporting citizens’ health promotion -Sponsoring “Arukimedesu(I Love Walking) (Archimedes)”-

“Arukimedesu(I Love Walking)”is an event in which local governments throughout the country mainly walk on designated courses for the purpose of promoting citizens’ health and revitalizing the local community. KOSÉ offers sunscreen products as a prize for this event.

To date, approximately 80 events have protected the sunshine of over 34,000 citizens.

For more information, please visit “Arukimedesu(I Love Walking)”website.

Organize beauty courses

View of the “Tukui Sunshine Machida East Building”

Our sales offices in each area receive requests from local nursing and care facilities, schools, NOP groups, etc. to hold beauty classes (make-up practice, skin care practice, grooming classes, etc.) that only a cosmetics manufacturer can provide. We try our best to adjust our schedule and conduct beauty classes according to their requests. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the participants is a source of encouragement for the members of the sales offices that conduct the courses.

Number of beauty classes held:

Sustainability data

Giving support in the creation of the “The Big Investigation! The Power of Makeup” comic

“The Big Investigation! The Power of Make-up”

We have been supporting Kodansha BC Ltd. in the creation of their “Field Trip Comic” series.The comic series was created in hope of teaching the children that carry the future on their shoulders the role make-up plays and the importance of having a healthy skin. These are distributed across the entire country’s elementary schools and public libraries. E-book is available here.

We are also offering copies to anyone who’d like one. If you are interested, please feel free to send us an inquiry.
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Industry-Academia Collaboration

Improving QOL through foundation (supporting the lives of people with intractable diseases)

Porphyria is an incurable form of sun sensitivity. Currently, there is no fundamental treatment for this disease, and it is necessary to shield the entire body from the sun with clothing to prevent the onset of the disease. As a result of a trial test using a foundation with a high protective effect against the action of porphyrin, the causative agent of the disease, KOSÉ confirmed that some people were able to expand the range of their outdoor activities by using the foundation. Based on the results, we have been providing the products to patients free of charge since 2012 in collaboration with dermatologists at our partner hospitals.
In May 2015, a seminar was held at the General Meeting of the Japanese Dermatological Association on the theme of Porphyria, which causes symptoms due to ultraviolet light or visible light. Two dermatologists talked about the characteristics of the disease, the methods of shading to prevent the onset, and the effectiveness of sunscreen and foundation protection. KOSÉ will continue to research and foster human resources to expand the range of conventional cosmetics, so that everyone can lead a healthy and happy life.

Results of Support for Porphyria Patients : Sustainability data

Acceptance of Company Visits

Students listening to the instructor (an employee).

As part of the comprehensive learning drive promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the number of junior high and high school students visiting companies at school excursions has been increasing. We have been accepting a lot of workplace visits by students who have an interest in specific industry. They will make a report of their experience at the company and present it in a class. We extend our support to these middle/high schoolers, in hope of providing options they can choose from for their future and career.

In fiscal years 2020 and 2021, acceptance activities have been suspended due to the prevention of new coronavirus infection.

Acceptance of company study visits: Sustainability data

Contribution to the development of cosmetology

The 32nd Award and Presentation Ceremony Cosmetology Research Grant Awardees

The KOSÉ Cosmetology Research Foundation was established in 1990 by Kozaburo Kobayashi, the founder of KOSÉ. The foundation has continued its activities with the aim of contributing to the realization of beautiful and affluent lives by providing financial support for research projects related to cosmetology, thereby helping to improve people’s health and beauty. Currently, the Foundation offers four grant programs for researchers nationwide who are ambitiously engaged in cosmetology research: “The Cosmetology Research Grant”, “The University Chair Research Grant”, “The International Exchange Grant”, and “The Academic Meeting Support Grant”, as well as “The KOSÉ Cosmetology Encouragement Award”, an award program designed to encourage the publication of academic papers and promote the return of research results to society. KOSÉ has continuously supported the activities of the foundation since its establishment.
The Cosmetology Research Foundation

In November 2019, the company name was changed from Cosmetology Research Foundation to KOSÉ Cosmetology Research Foundation.

The Foundation has been certified by the Cabinet Office as a public interest, and was transferred to the public interest incorporated foundation in October 2011.

Foundation’s business and business results

Beauty school developing future specialists

Hair Designer Course
Beauty Designer Course

In 1968, Kozaburo Kobayashi, the founder of KOSÉ Corporation, founded KOSÉ Beauty College in Kita-ward, Tokyo based on his belief that nurturing beauty experts is also an important business. He assumed the first principal of the College. Ever since the foundation the College has produced many talented resources in the beauty field for nearly half a century. The name was renewed as Tokyo Hair Make-Up Technical School in 1997, then as KOSÉ Beauty Academy in 2016. With a philosophy of “putting importance on human development,” the Adademy is actively working on resource development to produce beauticans, hair make-up artists, and beauty advisors who pursuit the ultimate beauty as a beauty expert.
KOSÉ Koto Biyo Gakko (Beauty Technical College)

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