Sustainability in action
What is Sustainability?
To help explain what is meant by sustainability, the CTPA has a section on its consumer website called ‘Sustainability Matters’. The philosophy of the website is to provide information about cosmetic products, the industry and topical issues in plain English in a simple, straightforward manner.
“Sustainability covers all the activities that ensure a company, its staff and the community have a successful future in a world in which people are proud to live. It is not simple and it is different for every company. It cannot be described easily but is widely recognised as being important for the long term success of the cosmetics industry, its staff and the countries where they live and work.”
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What does the cosmetics industry do?
To provide specific examples of how the cosmetics industry puts this into practice we have created a CTPA Showcase of Sustainability in Action with weblinks to company websites, sustainability activity reports, company statement etc.
Case studies are not necessarily specifically related to the UK or cosmetic products but show how cosmetic companies have harnessed their companies’ innovative scientific know-how under the three pillars of sustainability (social, economic, environmental). These include benefitting communities worldwide through education, funding the development of scientists and university research, transferring skills and production know-how to under-developed areas and helping people feel more confident by encouraging positive self-esteem.
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Additional case studies will be posted periodically.
For more information on how the European cosmetics industry tackles the issue of sustainability, through guidance for companies and working with external stakeholders, see the website of Cosmetics Europe – the personal care association.