Sustainability Policies

Guiding Principle for Sustainability

Guiding Principle for Sustainability

KOSÉ is a company that delivers state-of-the-art value by creating beauty
through sensuousness and intelligence, love and craftsmanship.

We aspire to build a future where people possess confidence and positivity, embracing
both themselves and others for who they are.
A future where all can live peacefully in a wholesome world.

To bring about that future,
we pledge to do our utmost through the intelligent creation of beauty.

The power of beauty can change the world.
More than anything, we believe in the power of beauty.

Fundamental Policy

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.

Fundamental Policy
Mind to follow the right path

To follow the right path requires
Wisdom and Effort
Flexibility and Honesty
Each moment, each day,
deepen your commitment
to staying on this path

Kozaburo Kobayashi, Founder of KOSÉ

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

Human Rights

  • 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.

Note:In 2019 the names of “CSR Committee” and “CSR Promotion Committee” were changed to “Sustainability Committee” and “Sustainability Promotion Committee” respectively.

Sustainability promotion system

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 leading organizations

The KOSÉ Group supports the Japanese government's goal of “Net Zero Emissions by 2050” and the agreements reached in the Paris Agreement. We also support the national laws and regulations related to climate change including the Energy Conservation Act and the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures, and collaborate with policy makers as appropriate by reporting annually to the government on our greenhouse gas emissions, including the amount of energy used and the achievement of energy reduction targets. In 2020, we also expressed our support for the TCFD, and in FY2022, we made a new decision to aim for carbon neutrality, with virtually zero CO2 emissions by 2040, and revised upward our CO2 emission reduction targets to be in line with the SBT 1.5°C target by 2030.In the same year, we were selected by the Ministry of the Environment’s Carbon Footprint (CFP) model project. The project aims to create an advanced role model for the calculation, labeling, and utilization of CFP for products and services, as well as retailers' efforts to procure and label their products and services using CFP, for the purpose of promoting climate change mitigation. In this model project, we were able to calculate CFP for our main products, acquire the expertise, and identify issues. At the same time, we are actively communicating issues and requests for this model project to the Ministry of the Environment. We also participate in the Japan Climate Initiative (JCI), and through JCI's activities, we have continued our dialogue with the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, and make proposals and requests to raise CO2 emission targets, expand renewable energy, and more. At the same time, we effectively promote diverse sustainability initiatives through participation in relevant industry associations and collaboration with various NGOs and other organizations. As an industry organization, we are members of and participate in the Japan Cosmetic Industry Association (JCIA) as an executive member and work together on various themes common to the industry. In particular, in the area of the environment and sustainability, we as a member of the Sustainability Promotion Committee have contributed to the promotion of climate change measures in the cosmetics industry through collaboration on the development of the 2015 “Japan Cosmetic Industry Association Sustainability Guidelines” in 2015 and its revision in 2023. Information about the sustainability initiative is currently available on the JCIA website. These guidelines recognize the importance of activities in four of the six ISO 26000 areas in which companies that manufacture and sell cosmetics should be involved: consumer issues, environment, human rights and labor practices, and community involvement. The guidelines also recommend companies formulate and implement voluntary activity policies that encompass the entire value chain of their business. For the Environment, the Guidelines call for the industry to actively prevent the climate change and address the preservation of the biodiversity under the themes of "developing products and services that realize the co-existence of beauty and eco-friendliness" and "reducing environmental impact and environmental conservation activities in business activities," and we actively support and endorse these guidelines.
We joined the RSPO in 2019 and are adopting the practice of using certified oils with the goal of sourcing sustainable palm oil. Since 2020, we have also participated in JaSPON, the Japanese Network for Sustainable Palm Oil, and work with JaSPON members to promote sustainable palm oil procurement and consumption.
In FY2021, we joined Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange; to promote efforts that address human rights and other issues in the supply chain, becoming the 15th AB member in Japan. We will continue to work with our suppliers to address human rights issues and other issues to build a sustainable and responsible supply chain utilizing various resources of Sedex.