Kao Germany

Advancement of women at Kao

Kao Germany has a proportion of women within the total workforce of well over 50%, but only 20.75% at management level. It is therefore important and necessary to increase the proportion of women in management in the medium and long term. This is also in order to meet the needs of our predominantly female customers. In addition, our parent company in Japan has issued a directive to increase the proportion of women in certain functions and at defined management levels through targeted measures by the end of 2017. Current measures include a women’s network, women’s mentoring and a self-imposed target. Overall, we have already implemented a number of measures in Kao Germany, but we want to improve further and also learn from other companies.

Kao Germany GmbH
Pfungstädter Str. 98-100
64297 Darmstadt

As a company of the Japanese Kao Group, we are one of the leading suppliers of beauty care products worldwide. Respect and teamwork are as much a part of our principles as the chance for global perspectives. Integrity, innovation and the pursuit of continuous improvement characterize our values. Internationally and multiculturally oriented, we always have our customers’ perspective firmly in mind. In Germany our brand portfolio consists of established and successful brands such as Goldwell and KMS California, John Frieda, Guhl and Molton Brown. In addition, Kao Germany is the central and most important Kao location in EMEA, with various global, regional and local operating units, but also EMEA headquarters functions such as R&D, Supply Chain, HCD, Finance and Legal.

Company data

Number of employees in Germany: 578

Share of women in Germany: 301

Share of women in management positions worldwide: 20,75 %

Location Germany: Darmstadt