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02/28/2022

Beauty Industry Joins Forces on Sustainability Initiative, EcoBeautyScore

Liz Dominguez
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A new global initiative — EcoBeautyScore Consortium — is aiming to develop a beauty industry-wide program to assess environmental impact scores for cosmetics and personal care companies. Thirty-six companies have joined so far.

The EcoBeautyScore Consortium allows consumers to make sustainable choices through increased visibility into a company’s environmental impact based on a common science-based methodology, ranking formula, packaging, and usage. 

Consortium Members

— Amorepacific
— Babor
— Beiersdorf
Colgate-Palmolive
— Cosmébio
— COSMED
— Cosmetic Valley
— Cosmetics Europe
— Cosnova
Coty
— The Estée Lauder Companies
— Eugène Perma
— FEBEA
— The Fragrance Creators Association
— Henkel
— IKW Beauty Care
— The International Fragrance Association
— Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.
— JUST International AG
— Kao
L’Oréal Groupe
— LVMH
— Nafigate
— NAOS
— Natrue
— Natura &Co
— NOHBA
— Oriflame
P&G
— Paragon Nordic
— Puig
— PZ Cussons
— Shiseido
— Sisley
— STANPA
Unilever

Assessment Methodology 

 

1. Backed by the principles of the “Product Environmental Footprint” — the European Union’s PEF scientific method based on life cycle assessment for quantifying the environmental footprint of products.

2. A shared database of environmental impact of standard ingredients and raw materials used in formulas and packaging, as well as during product usage.

3. A common tool that can assess the environmental impact of individual products, usable by non-experts.

4. A scoring system that allows companies to voluntarily inform consumers about the environmental footprint of their cosmetic products — verified by independent parties.

Next Steps

 

EcoBeautyScore Consortium members have begun working on these solutions, with a final ranking solution targeted for the end of 2022, to then be verified by independent parties. The consortium will also consult external experts, including scientists, academics, and NGOs to make sure the process is as inclusive as possible. 

[Related: 10 CGs Ranked ‘Most Sustainable' in 2022]

The work developed by the consortium will be published and may be used on a strictly voluntary basis by both consortium members and other interested parties.

The consortium is open to all cosmetics and personal care companies, regardless of size or resources.

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