The World's Most Ethical Companies is an annual recognition bestowed on companies that have achieved significant results for corporate transparency, fairness, ethics and compliance. The institute has surveyed and evaluated companies the world over in five categories: ethics and compliance program, corporate citizenship and responsibility, culture of ethics, governance and leadership, innovation and reputation.
Michitaka Sawada, president and CEO commented: "We are honored to be recognized as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for 12 consecutive years. As we continue to offer a wide array of innovative products to the market, our commitment to Integrity has never wavered since we began the business 130 years ago. I must impress upon everyone that compliance is the cornerstone of our company's existence that is in a variety of business fields. This Integrity continues to be embraced in Kao's daily business activities in a culture of openness."