Message from CEO

The Kikkoman Group’s history goes back to soy sauce production that began in the early 17th century. This has always relied upon working harmoniously with local communities and rich nature, and we have similarly fostered a corporate culture that values people and protects the natural environment.

In 1917, eight founding families joined together to form Noda Shoyu Co., Ltd., the predecessor to Kikkoman Corporation. When Noda Shoyu Co., Ltd., was incorporated, the management members at that time pledged that following the merger, the company would pay even greater attention to social responsibility. As such, the Kikkoman Group has consistently valued its connection to society ever since its inception. Our predecessors’ philosophy on corporate social responsibility has been carried on in the current Kikkoman Group Management Principles.

To put these Management Principles into practice, we believe every Kikkoman employee should take a consumer-oriented approach and conduct their day-to-day business activities in a reliable and trustworthy manner. In doing so, we can contribute to society in a way that only Kikkoman can and become a company valued by people around the world.

The Kikkoman Group currently operates in many countries and regions. It is necessary to conduct business in accordance with international standards, as well as compliance with laws and regulations. In 2001, Kikkoman became the first Japanese company to sign the United Nations Global Compact, which requires signatory companies to carry out initiatives based on 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor standards, the environment, and anti-corruption, going on to take part in various related activities.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations aim to achieve a sustainable society by 2030. As a good corporate citizen, we will work to resolve social issues represented by the SDGs through medium- and long-term activities.

Shozaburo Nakano
President and
Chief Executive Officer
JULY 2023