Founded in Japan in 1887 with a mission to enrich peoples lives, Kao's commitment to deliver high quality products that make life beautiful has continued for over 130 years.
Globally, Kao has 33,000 employees working across four business fields: Beauty Care (Cosmetics, Skin Care and Hair Care), Human Health Care and Fabric and Home Care. In our Chemicals Business we develop a wide range of chemical products that meet the various needs of industry. In the region Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) Kao focuses on premium beauty brands across three distinct sectors: Kao Salon Division, Kao Consumer Division and Molton Brown.
The Kao Salon Division with its master brands Goldwell, KMS and Oribe is the fourth biggest professional beauty business in the world while the Kao Consumer Division features high quality Hair and Skin Care brands such as John Frieda®, Guhl, Bioré, Jergens, Curél and MegRhythm. Expertly blended in London, Molton Browns collection of signature fragrances, bath and shower gels, home and hand care luxuries have claimed iconic status.
At Kao consumers come first. With a focus on high-end beauty brands, Kao EMEA continues to build on its success investing in research and development, driving product innovation with a commitment to quality and safety, both for our consumers as well as the environment.