Since 1904, we have focused on creating beautiful products through innovative methods. Faced with new societal and environmental challenges, we have both a duty and a passion to keep innovating with sustainability in mind.
From sourcing raw materials, to the factory processes which create our products, to how our consumers dispose of them, we understand our products have an impact across their entire lifecycle. Our ambition is to change the way we make our products, so that they are made to be made again.
In 2017, we conducted an environmental footprint study to cover our global value chain. Following the results of this, we have been exploring the potential of circular innovation, with a particular focus on the ingredients and packaging of our products.
- As of 2020, include sustainability criteria in the conception of all new products and share progress on our High Profile Ingredient management process
In 2019, we developed a new Product Sustainability Index to assess new formulas and packaging according to sustainability criteria across the entire life cycle of our products. This includes ingredient sourcing, product formulations (including vegan or cruelty free), energy and water use during production, and recyclability of packaging. This will allow us to track and measure the success of designing products with sustainability in mind.
Our new CK Everyone fragrance, launched in January 2020, was assessed using our own Product Sustainability Index. The fragrance is formulated with naturally derived ingredients, naturally derived alcohol, is vegan, recyclable, and comes in a folding carton that contains 30% post-consumer recycled materials. From 2020, all new products will be assessed according to this index.
In FY20, we are planning to launch products across other brands with a focus on clean beauty, with several launched to date already. Sally Hansen’s Good.Kind.Pure range of nail varnishes offers a plant-based formula and are 100% vegan. weDo Professional is a haircare range of vegan, cruelty-free products with 100% recyclable packaging. CoverGirl’s Clean Fresh collection offers vegan formulation without sulfates, formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, or talc. Skincare brand, Philosophy, have launched their “nature in a jar” collection, which features vegan, gluten-free formulations with a focus on natural ingredients.
Our ambition is to integrate circular economy principles throughout our business. Through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 Program, Coty associates from a range of functions and divisions have attended workshops to better understand the circular economy. Our leaders have also been trained on evolving business models for circular solutions. In FY19, we held challenges and collaborations with experts, and developed pilot programmes for brands, product categories and specific materials to find innovative circular solutions.
- By 2025, 100% of the packaging for any new product will include recycled material, or be recyclable, reusable or compostable
Supply chain responsibility
With a global supply chain, it’s essential we work closely with suppliers to understand where there are risks that need careful management as we build a better, more sustainable business. We also recognize that the sourcing of some raw materials and ingredients may have a negative impact on human rights and the health of our planet. We are evolving our approach to manage these risks carefully.
- Improve responsible sourcing and transparency in our supply chains
- Aim to purchase 100% mass balance certified palm oil for our production sites
- 100% responsibly sourced Indian Mica
To address areas of particular risk within our supply chain, we review how we source specific ingredients known to be associated with human rights issues or environmental impacts. Coty joined the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2017, and in 2018 committed to purchase 100% palm oil and palm kernel oil from RSPO certified sources. In 2019, 20% of the palm oil derivatives purchased was RSPO mass balance certified, which is on track with our annual objectives.
Mica is a key raw material used in cosmetics products to give a pearlescent effect. In sourcing mica, there are risks of child labour and poor working conditions in North Eastern regions of India.
Coty is a member of the Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI) – a multi-stakeholder effort aiming to achieve a 100% sustainable Indian mica supply chain. Members support and participate through pilot projects and the development of traceability tools to achieve this ambition.
To improve responsible sourcing and transparency efforts, we work collaboratively with a number of organizations, including AIM-Progress which is a network of businesses dedicated to sustainable supply chains, as well as maintaining our existing supplier assessment processes. For further information on our responsible sourcing processes with suppliers, see the Fundamentals of Responsibility webpage.