Partnerships and collaboration

Partnerships and collaboration
Partnerships and collaboration
partnerships and collaboration
We are actively working in partnership within and outside the Beauty industry to address the UN Global Compact principles collaboratively, and have joined and helped to found several initiatives:

United Nations Global Compact

For the fourth consecutive year, Coty confirms its support for the Global Compact’s Ten Principles in the areas of Human Rights, Labor, Environment and Anti-Corruption. We want to build a business that is prosperous for all and recognize the positive contribution that businesses can make in helping to achieve a more sustainable and equitable world.
Our current and past Communication On Progress (COP) reports are available to read here.

AIM-Progress and SEDEX

In 2017, we joined the AIM-Progress Taskforce as part of our commitment to responsible and sustainable sourcing. AIM-Progress is a forum of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies which aims to positively impact people’s lives through robust responsible sourcing practices and supply chains. By working with our peers across the FMCG industry we are able to share best practices in topics of sustainability common to our industry.

We are also members of SEDEX (Suppliers’ Ethical Data Exchange an online portal for storing suppliers’ self-assessment and audit documentation focused on the four pillars of:

• Human and Labor Rights
• Health & Safety
• Environment
• Business Integrity

We are using the SEDEX platform to manage the data resulting from third party ethical audits of those suppliers that are at higher risk of non-compliance to our Code of Conduct for Business partners following our risk mapping exercise. The audit protocol we prefer to use is the SEDEX Members’ Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) 4 Pillar. In order to demonstrate compliance to our Code of Conduct for Business Partners through a third party audit, we insist that the supplier remediates any major or critical non-compliances through a corrective action plan.

Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI)

Mica is used as an ingredient in some cosmetics. It is the name given to a series of minerals based on silicates (substances made out of the elements silica and oxygen). Mica has unique physical properties because of its structure – it is formed, in nature, as layers that can be split into thin sheets. It can also be ground into a powder. It is added to powdered cosmetics, such as eyeshadows, as a filler because it has excellent smoothness and so makes the eyeshadow easy to apply and also gives sparkle. It is added to other cosmetic products - such as mascaras, lipsticks and nail products - because it provides a beautiful lustre and sheen. Mica can also provide further ‘depth’ to certain pigments, and it gives a highly pearlised effect. Mica can be found in a large variety of consumer goods and industry materials, from automotive to coating, electronic components and construction materials, to cosmetics.

In January 2017, Coty became one of the founding members of the Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI), a multi-stakeholder effort which aims to achieve a 100% sustainable mica supply chain over the next five years by eradicating child labor and unacceptable working conditions in the Indian mica supply chain -  specifically in the regions of Bihar and Jharkand. We want to lend our voice and to work in partnership with our competitors and suppliers to improve the sourcing traceability, the education of children and their families on human rights and empower local communities to diversify their income. Although most of our sourcing of mica comes from other regions outside India, our key suppliers have engaged in the RMI and we are working closely with all of them to ensure a fully traceable and transparent supply chain.  You can find out more about this initiative here.

Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil

Recognising the impact of the palm oil supply chain on human rights as well as biodiversity and the environment, Coty has become a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Coty purchases palm oil derivatives which we use in a number of our products and we want to purchase from RSPO certified sources in future.

To achieve this we have put in place a plan to purchase 100% of the palm oil and palm kernel oil (PKO) derivatives used in our manufacturing sites, according to the RSPO Mass Balance certified chain of custody system by the end of 2022.

In the first year we have an ambition to purchase 20% of our palm oil derivatives as RSPO Mass Balance certified.  We have begun this by implementing RSPO management standards in two of our factories (Rothenkirchen in Germany and Granollers in Spain) and by engaging key RSPO certified suppliers to support our plan.  These sites, as well as our Supply Chain main office will be RSPO audited in the coming year..    

Packaging Partnerships

Over the past year, our sustainability steering committee has allocated resources and identified single points of contacts on a wide variety of topics ranging from packaging, raw materials and fragrances in order to help identify and drive plans to improve our environmental value chain impacts. Focus groups and innovation labs have been held on topics relating to our brands, categories and materials, and have identified potential opportunities for further exploration and development, which will help inform our targets and ambitions.

For example, our packaging experts are actively working on plans to reduce unnecessary plastic use and the overall environmental footprint of our packaging, in line with our aim to explore more circular design and production in our packaging. Our participation in the Ellen Macarthur Foundation’s CE100 program, as well as in the Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics (SPICE*) is informing our approach to the reduction of plastic use and to addressing other material packaging impacts such as metal and glass.  
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