Unilever joins the Global Cosmetics Coalition


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Unilever joined a new global coalition with Henkel, L’Oréal, LVMH, Natura & Co to co-develop an environmental impact assessment and industry-wide rating system for cosmetic products.

The aim is to co-design a brand independent approach and provide consumers with clear, transparent and comparable information on environmental impact, based on standard scientific methodology.

The coalition invites other cosmetics companies to join the initiative.

Assessment and scoring system

The new evaluation and rating system aims to meet growing consumer demand for greater transparency around the environmental impact of cosmetics.

The aim is to improve the information available to consumers and enable them to make more sustainable choices.

The consortium, led by Henkel, L’Oreal, LVMH, Natura & Co and Unilever, will be open to all cosmetics companies wishing to join and contribute to the design of a system allowing consumers to compare cosmetic products of the same category.

The ambition is to inform consumers of the environmental impact of products, taking into account the entire life cycle of products.

‘Environmental impact’

Sunny Jain, President of Unilever Beauty and Personal Care, said: “Many of us want to make more thoughtful choices in our lives, but it’s not always easy to know the environmental impact we create through simple things like choosing which soap to buy, or which shampoo to use.

“This is where the new consortium can make a difference. By working alongside our peers, we aim to provide people with easy-to-understand, transparent and comparable information, based on a solid scientific approach.

The Quantis sustainable development consultancy group was proposed as a project partner in order to guarantee a solid and scientific approach for the development of the assessment methodology.

The five companies gathered will pool their experience and knowledge in the development of environmental impact assessment methodologies, in the case of Henkel, LVMH, Natura & Co and Unilever, and an environmental and social labeling system, developed by L’Oréal.

All companies will benefit from pre-existing work and are welcome to contribute their own experience, Unilever noted.

The consortium will consult with external experts including scientists, academics and NGOs to ensure the continued integrity of the approach.

The work developed by the consortium will be published and made accessible on a voluntary basis both by the participants in the consortium and by all other interested parties.

Philippe Osset, consultant for the European Commission and AFNOR (Association française de normalization), declared: “It is possible for the cosmetics sector, as has happened in other sectors, to build a scientific and environmental assessment. of their products, based on a full life cycle assessment.

“This requires an inter-professional pooling of knowledge and expertise, particularly with regard to environmental impact data; this is exactly what the founding members of the consortium are embarking on.”

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