EcoBeautyScore Consortium goes live with environmental impact assessment system for cosmetics

By Julia Wray 23-Feb-2022

36 of the cosmetics world’s biggest players, as well as professional associations are behind the industry-wide scoring system

<i>The new EcoBeautyScore Consortium features 36 beauty companies and industry bodies</i>

The new EcoBeautyScore Consortium features 36 beauty companies and industry bodies

L’Oréal Groupe, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, LVMH, Beiersdorf, Estée Lauder Companies, Coty and Johnson & Johnson Consumer are among the 36 cosmetics industry giants behind a new environmental impact assessment system for beauty goods, which has just gone live.

The EcoBeautyScore Consortium, initially announced in September 2021, aims to provide consumers with clear, transparent and comparable information about the environmental impact of the beauty products they use to support sustainable buying choices.

Goals include a common method for measuring environmental impacts throughout the lifecycle of products; a common database of environmental impact of standard ingredients and raw materials used in formulas and packaging, as well as during product usage; a common tool for assessing the environmental impact of individual products, which is usable by non-experts; and a harmonised scoring system.

Consortium members have already begun collaborating, organised in thematic working groups, with a footprinting and scoring prototype targeted for the end of 2022.

This will provide the environmental scoring for a selection of product categories initially, before being verified by independent parties.

In addition to the companies already mentioned, EcoBeautyScore Consortium’s 36 members include Amorepacific, Babor, Colgate-Palmolive, Cosmébio, COSMED, Cosmetic Valley, Cosmetics Europe, cosnova, Eugène Perma, FEBEA, Fragrance Creators Association, Henkel, IKW Beauty Care, The International Fragrance Association, JUST International AG, Kao, Nafigate, NAOS, Natrue, Natura & Co, NOHBA, Oriflame, Paragon Nordic, Puig, PZ Cussons, Shiseido, Sisley and STANPA.

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The consortium is open to all cosmetics and personal care companies, regardless of their size or resources, and all stakeholders will be informed and consulted throughout the process.