Guiding Principle for Sustainability
KOSÉ is a company that delivers new value by creating beauty
through sensuousness and intelligence, heart and craftsmanship.
We aspire to build a future where people possess full confidence and vitality,
accepting both themselves and others.
In that future, all can live with peace of mind in a wholesome world.
To bring about that future,
we pledge to do our utmost through intelligent creation of beauty.
The power of beauty can change the world.
More than anyone, we believe in the power of beauty.
The motto of Kozaburo Kobayashi, the founder of KOSÉ, is Mind to Follow the Right Path. The foundation of our corporate spirit since day one, these words are part of the Behavioral Charter that all KOSÉ Group employees must follow. They also serve as the fundamental policy of the KOSÉ Sustainability Plan.
We are governed by the Mind to Follow the Right Path motto of our founder that is part of our Behavioral Charter, which is the core of the Group’s code of conduct. We endeavor fully to become a company trusted and supported widely by society through actions based on honest and trustworthy decisions and the respect of the human rights of each person involved.
Signing the United Nations Global Compact
The “United Nations Global Compact” (UNGC) advocated by the United Nations was signed and registered on July 2017. UNGC is a voluntary effort to participate in the creation of a global framework in order to realize sustainable energy growth and act as a good member of the society by showcasing responsible and creative leadership by each company and organization.
Our company, which is based on the guiding principles of “Creating Beauty in a Sustainable World.” and “Mind to Follow the Right Path” shall support and put into practice the 10 principles of the UNGC throughout the four fields of “human rights”, “labour”, “environment”, “anti-corruption” and aim for the realization of a sustainable society as a member of the global society.
The 10 principles of the Global Compact
- Principle 1： Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
- Principle 2： make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
- Principle 3： Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
- Principle 4： the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
- Principle 5： the effective abolition of child labour; and
- Principle 6： the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
- Principle 7： Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
- Principle 8： undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
- Principle 9： encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
- Principle 10： Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
Sustainability promotion structure
KOSÉ has furthered ecological efforts that include zero emissions to substantially decrease waste in production facilities and non-production departments through the organization of the Global Environment Committee in 1997.
We established cross-organizational CSR and Risk Management Compliance Committees headed by the president as their chair in 2013 to promote CSR activities aligned with our corporate message “Creating Beauty in a Sustainable World.” We will continue our efforts at each department to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) for 2030.
In 2019 the names of “CSR Committee” and “CSR Promotion Committee” were changed to “Sustainability Committee” and “Sustainability Promotion Committee” respectively.
Our Sustainability Promotion Practice
At KOSÉ Group we identify issues based on ISO26000 and prioritize them with taking the changing international community into consideration. We carefully choose issues that need specific focus and we believe we can address, to choose appropriate SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) defined by the UN Global Compact (UNGC). In practice Sustainability Promotion Committee orchestrates collaborative efforts within the Group to promote practical sustainability activities by each department.
Cooperation with Various Organizations
The KOSÉ Group supports the Energy Conservation Act and the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures, both of which are national laws and regulations related to climate change. Every year, we submit reports to the government on its greenhouse gas emissions, including the amount of energy used and the achievement of energy reduction targets.Also KOSÉ is a member of the Japan Climate Change Initiative (JCI), and in 2020 expressed its support for TCFD, as part of its drive to tackle climate change.Together, the KOSÉ Group is effectively promoting various sustainability initiatives through participation in related industry groups as well as cooperation with various NGOs. As an industry group, we belong to the Japan Cosmetic Industry Association (abbr. JCIA) working as a general director, cooperating on various themes common in the industry. In particular, in the field of environment and sustainability we worked with other member companies in formulating the Japan Cosmetic Industry Association Sustainability Guidelines in 2015. Currently, this is disclosed on the website of JCIA（JP） along with the achievements of each member company. While ISO 26000 proposes the six social responsibility core subjects which should be addressed by cosmetics manufacturing and sales companies, the JCIA guide recognizes the importance of activities in particular in the four areas out of the six: consumer issues, the environment, human rights and labor practices, and community participation. Manufacturers are urged to formulate and implement voluntary activity policies that cover the entire business value chain. The KOSÉ Group conducts initiatives in each field, and some of our achievements are listed on the website.