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Kikkoman Corporation

Kikkoman Corporation is the world's largest manufacturer of naturally brewed soy sauce, with a product portfolio that also includes seasonings, ingredients, beverages and a range of other food products. Headquartered in Japan, Kikkoman has a strong global presence with soy sauce manufacturing plants in China, the Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan and the U.S., with sales across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. The company was founded in 1917 with the merger of eight family companies in Chiba prefecture.

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Governance and strategy

#1 2.5 /10 #191


#1 2.0 /30 #258


#1 5.0 /30 #105

Social inclusion

#1 3.4 /30 #220
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Segment Rank
Agricultural products and commodities #88
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #148

Segment ranking summary

Kikkoman Corporation ranks 88th in the agricultural products and commodities segment and 148th amongst food and beverage processors. Kikkoman Corporation performs poorly on most issues which its higher ranking peers have already begun to address. For example, in the core social indicators , the company lacks sufficient disclosure across topics regarding respecting human rights and promoting decent work. Similarly, in social inclusion, the company does not provide sufficient disclosure on most of the topics. Moreover, the company ranks in the bottom grouping of its peers on environmental topics, with a lack of time-bound targets to address issues relevant to its sectors, such as reducing water use or plastic packaging. Nonetheless, Kikkoman Corporation performs in the middle grouping when it comes to nutrition, presenting an opportunity for the company to become a leader in the sector by providing more quantitative information to support its current disclosure.

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Core social indicators

The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

More about the company

Chiba, Japan
Food and agriculture revenue USD
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This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2.000 most influential companies

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