CTPA Impact Goals

Three areas have been identified where CTPA members can effectively create sustainable initiatives that are relevant to their work in the cosmetics industry. Over the next five years CTPA will be working around the three following areas to build towards a Net Positive cosmetics industry here in the UK. These key areas are also the basis for the collection of definitions, legal requirements and related guidance, both external and from CTPA in the Sustainability Hub which is broken down into these sections.

  1. Environmental Impacts of Production and the Supply Chain 
  2. Waste and End-of-Life Fate
  3. Wellbeing


Environmental Impacts of Production and the Supply Chain

This section is highlighting the places where CTPA, through coordinated industry action, is influencing its members to: reduce their environmental impact of production on biodiversity and ecosystems in their supply chain, reduce petroleum-based sourcing, highlight and make changes to the cosmetic industry's water reliance and improving air quality for all.

This impact goal aligns with the internationally recognised Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 7 - Renewable Energy
  • 13 - Climate Change
  • 14 - Life Below Water
  • 15 - Life on Land 

Waste and End-of-Life Fate

This section will be looking at the conscious efforts of CTPA and the cosmetics industry to reduce avoidable waste including plastics and other non-recyclable substances from products and packaging, ensuring that the impact of materials entering the environment is minimised. This can be done by focusing efforts on product and packaging design and innovation to actively create products that remain sustainable throughout their life-cycle. By thinking about the circular economy of cosmetic products, CTPA can help motivate our industry to create an environment for packaging that is both renewable and sustainable.

This impact goal aligns with the internationally recognised Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • 9 - Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 12 - Responsible Consumption
  • 17 - Partnerships for the Goals 

Wellbeing

This section will look into improving the personal, social and health outcomes for people which is a critical aspect of sustainability. All companies in the cosmetic industry take this very seriously, working to ensure that the production of cosmetic and personal care products improves and enhances lives, including those who work throughout the supply chain. UK legislation has meant that many efforts that would fit in the criteria of Wellbeing, including the need for a Modern Slavery Statement for companies of a certain size, are not enough. Wellbeing initiatives highlighted and analysed are those which go above and beyond what UK law requires.

This impact goal aligns with the internationally recognised Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • 1 - No Poverty
  • 3 - Good Health
  • 4 - Quality Education
  • 5 - Gender Equality
  • 8 - Good Jobs and Economic Growth