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L’Oréal leads the pack on sustainability in the Cosmetics Industry, Brazilian Natura not far behind: Sustainability Outlook’s latest research

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Sustainability Outlook has released Sustainability and Cosmetics: A Compendium of Global Cosmetics Industry Actions on Sustainability, an in-depth market assessment report, which analyses the performance of top 23 global cosmetics majors based on their disclosure against 56 sustainability metrics.

The companies surveyed include:  AmorePacific Corporation, Avon, Beiersdorf, Colgate Palmolive, Dr. Bronner's,  Emami, Estee Lauder, Henkel, HUL, Johnson & Johnson, Kao Corporation, Kose Corporation, L’Occitane International, L’Oréal, LVMH, Marico, Natura Cosméticos, Nu Skin, Oriflame, Procter & Gamble, Revlon, Shiseido and Unilever.

What’s In This Report?

The report analyzes :

  • Completeness and comprehensiveness of disclosure of Economic, Social and Governance (ESG) metrics by cosmetics companies
  • Differences in companies' respective sustainability goals
  • Ranking of global giants vis-à-vis their peers on environment, social and governance disclosure
  • Key material sustainability performance indicators which remain unaddressed
  • Key sustainability innovations across the cosmetics value chain
  • Key compliance requirements for cosmetics sector

Some Key Findings of the Report

  • THE TRENDSETTERS: L’Oréal  ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability; Natura not far behind
  • AN ABUNDANCE OF VISION: 20 of the 23 companies analysed have a distinctly defined sustainability vision thus underlining that risks associated to sustainability are now better understood
  • VISION NOT TRANSLATING INTO ACTION: There is little correlation between targets and disclosure of cosmetics companies
  • CIRCULAR ECONOMY STILL A PIPE DREAM: Only 23% of the companies had defined targets for the use phase of the products and 13% for the end of product life phase.
  • REGULATIONS DRIVING DISCLOSURES: 90% of the companies studied were found to release sustainability/business responsibility reports at regular intervals with major areas of focus including policies and standards, social development initiatives - most of which are mandatory for the companies to disclose.

Sustainability and the Cosmetics Industry

For companies today, sustainability implies a balanced consideration of social responsibility, environmental protection and economic development. Global businesses have been actively working on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, ensuring fair trade practices, reducing waste production, promoting employee’s health and safety, protecting labour rights and community development to name a few.

Consumer demand along with civil society mobilization and government regulations are acting as key drivers for sustainability in the cosmetics industry. Also, with increasing demand for cosmetics (driven by rising affluence and aspirations in emerging economies), there is increasing pressure on scarce resources which is forcing companies to innovate and make do with fewer resources, i.e. become more resource efficient.

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Anushua Chowdhury

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About Sustainability Outlook

Sustainability Outlook, a division of cKinetics, is a market intelligence, discovery and collaboration platform facilitating sustainability linked actions amongst businesses, policy makers and investors. Sustainability Outlook actively tracks and provides market insights in resource management with focus on policy, technology and finance to work towards creating closed loop systems. Solutions offered by Sustainability Outlook include State of Sector Reports, Market development platforms, tools and frameworks for enabling and promoting resource sustainability within the industry, Regulatory and policy analysis and Resource inventorization studies amongst others.