Our Social Pioneers
In 1963, Dr Shirota set up the pioneering Yakult Ladies scheme – providing both unique employment opportunities for women and a daily door-to-door delivery network for our little bottles. Today, we have over 80,000 Yakult Ladies worldwide – visiting our customers and helping drive our mission every day.
The scheme is so much more than getting bottles to doors. Our Yakult Ladies are fundamental to everyday life. As of 2020, they visit over 37,000 older people living alone in Japan and even participate in crime prevention watches in cooperation with local police and government departments – helping ensure communities are safe and secure.