Corporate Social Responsibility

Our commitment to our communities and the environment

2017 marks the start of another chapter in our sustainability journey. As a company with a global reputation for high standards of performance, and now actively involved in Africa, we at Kansai Plascon accept the responsibility that we have an impact on the societies and environments in which we conduct our business. Our strong foundations enabled us to think about a more focused, deeper agenda for the future together with our stakeholders. Our aim is to create long-term shareholder value by embracing opportunities and managing risks derived from economic, environmental and social developments. We also acknowledge that healthy societies, communities, labour forces and environments provide the necessary foundation for a healthy business. As such, we are interdependent on the societies and environments in which we operate. To this end, we integrate sustainability into the very core of our business strategy.

For more information, please contact Dorcas Moleli:

Title: Executive: Group SHERQ
Tel: +27 (0) 11 951-4821

Plascon accepts and acknowledges our responsibility, not only in creating quality products, but also in encouraging a culture that is dedicated to progressive and sustainable solutions.

Green is not just a colour to us. We are actively committed to implementing environmentally considerate practices in every aspect of our business.

Striving to inspire more ecological considerate decisions, we have responded to the challenge by innovating unparalleled sustainable solutions based on three key pillars of compliance, sustainability, and products.

Compliance: Commitment to Green Processes

We’ve successfully implemented Environmental Management Systems in each of our South African manufacturing plants, and attained ISO 1 4001 certification at all of them.

Sustainability: Commitment to Green Practices

We continue to develop and implement ground-breaking environmental processes to ensure that our future remains sustainable.

Production: Commitment to Green Products

We continue to pioneer environmentally sensitive products without compromising the exceptional standards and performance that we’re renowned for.

The future is green. To find out more about what Plascon is doing, download the full Green Handbook.


By making its decorative coatings lead free, low VOC and eco-kind and producing the most groundbreaking green products on the market, Kansai Plascon has successfully advanced the industry conversation beyond the need to remove lead in paint. Instead, the company focuses on “eco-vating” for the future…

Each year Plascon launches new products and improvements that add to its existing arsenal of green solutions. A leading environmental approach that incorporates accredited international environmental management systems, continues to place the company at the forefront of the African coatings industry. Great strides have been taken in the areas of technological research and development into green coatings, continuing Plascon’s 125-year long history of leading quality assurance, superb formulation and trusted performance.


So when it comes to talking about coatings and the environment, Plascon can confidently shift the conversation forward. To date Plascon’s green coatings triumphs include:

  • Plascon Natural Deck Coating, a complete natural solution for treating wood, introduced to the market in 2013
  • Lead-free formulations for all its decorative paints since 1998
  • Low VOC, Eco-kind decorative coatings and colourant systems
  • Plascon RemovALL – a completely eco-friendly paint remover
  • Full support for the National Department of Health’s drive to regulate the lead content in paint
  • Abiding by the Code of Conduct as published by the industry regulator, The South African Paint Manufacturer’s Association (SAPMA)

These are just a few examples that demonstrate Plascon’s commitment to a cleaner, greener world. You see, Green is not just a colour for us. Plascon broke new ground in the coatings industry with the introduction of Plascon Professional Evolution. The range not only meets all the needs of a green product, but also goes beyond any further legislative requirements in terms of VOC ratings.

In 2014, Plascon once again pushed the envelope by launching new Water-based Velvaglo, which was introduced to the market in March. Plascon doesn't merely innovate, it eco-vates - thanks to parent company Kansai Plascon’s ongoing commitment to research and development in order to produce remarkable products with rewarding results.

Plascon’s state-of-the-art laboratories are housed at the Development Centre in Krugersdorp and the Research Centre at Stellenbosch University. Furthermore, Kansai Plascon Africa has access to the leading global technologies of the international Kansai Paint Company group. The Kansai Paint Company is the market leader in Japan and a top 10 global player with over 500 chemists and an annual investment in excess of 50 million US dollars made towards research and development. The end result of this combined know-how is that the local market here in South Africa benefits from cutting-edge innovation.

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It’s not just our products that are green – so is our approach to manufacturing. We’ve successfully implemented Environmental Management Systems in each of our South African manufacturing plants and attained ISO 1 4001 certification at all of them. We have achieved and maintained our ISO 14001 accreditation since 2005. Furthermore, in October 2007, Kansai Plascon (Pty) Ltd was accredited with the Occupational Health and Safety Standards OSHAS18001: 2007.


We continue to develop and implement groundbreaking environmental processes to ensure that our future – all of our future - remains sustainable. And equally importantly, we continue to pioneer environmentally sensitive products without compromising the exceptional standards and performance that we’re renowned for.


If, like us, you are genuinely concerned about how coatings are made, and what they contain, then it’s time to turn your attention to a greener future, with Plascon…


As a company with a proudly South African heritage and a strong sense of social responsibility, Kansai Plascon is actively committed to investing in local communities and upliftment programmes across the country, as well as providing ongoing employee education on environmental and health issues.

In addition to brightening the lives of thousands of children by supplying paint and in some cases, funding, to various schools, Children's Homes, orphanages and crèches, Plascon's involvement with the free CID University in Johannesburg has helped to train and employ many students to carry out building and maintenance work on the campus.

We are also a member of Business and Arts South Africa, an organisation dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of arts across the region, and one of our employees assists with their mentoring programme.

Our support for the National Council of the Blind has helped to restore the eyesight of more than 600 people by providing much-needed annual funding for cataract operations.

The Wilderness Leadership Foundation, Endangered Wildlife Trust, and the SPCA have also received assistance from Plascon – and there's a grateful penguin in East London called Molly, who, thanks to Plascon's sponsorship after she was rescued from an oil spill, enjoys a happy, healthy life at the local aquarium.

For more on our ongoing sponsorship and contributions, please visit our We Care section here.

Kansai Plascon is recognised as a value adding supplier with Level 4 B-BBEE status

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