Sustainability Matters

CTPA Sustainability Strategy

Driving Towards a Net Positive Cosmetics Industry

Representing the UK cosmetics and personal care industry, as a trade association CTPA is in a unique position to effect change at a pre-competitive level. Building on the great work members are doing individually on sustainability, the Association is bringing members together to share best practice and drive system-wide change to represent a balanced, conscientious, world-leading industry.

Select a topic from the drop-down menu above to learn about CTPA's specific approaches to sustainability.

CTPA's Sustainability Strategy, 'Driving Towards a Net Positive Cosmetics Industry' was developed with sustainable development non-profit, Forum for the Future. Net Positive is considered as a new way of operating which puts more back into society by delivering benefits that extend far beyond traditional organisational boundaries, contributing more to the environment and the global economy than it takes out.

This section highlights the key strategies from the cosmetics industry and will include case studies of the best practice that the industry has to offer. CTPA is currently gathering information from members about their existing sustainability initiatives so that the strategy is regularly updated to reflect the latest in sustainable innovation and the progress we are making.

"By acting as a catalyst for systemic change at a pre-competitive level, CTPA can uniquely make a difference by spotting emerging issues and enabling its members to respond positively to the challenges of sustainable development. The goal is to ensure the cosmetics industry is a force for good in a sustainable world."
Dr Sally Uren
Chief Executive, Forum for the Future

Sustainability is a key focus for us all.  As the public voice of the UK cosmetics and personal care industry, CTPA is in a unique position to effect change at a pre-competitive level.

CTPA worked with leading International sustainability non-profit organisation, Forum for the Future, to develop an ambitious Sustainability Strategy, 'Driving Towards a Net Positive Cosmetics Industry'.  The strategy is born from a passion to make the cosmetics and personal care industry a force for good by putting more back into society and the environment than is taken out.  Building on the great work members are doing individually on sustainability, the Association is bringing members together to share best practice and drive system-wide change to represent a balanced, conscientious, world-leading industry.

Net Positive is considered as a new way of operating which puts more back into society by delivering benefits that extend far beyond traditional organisational boundaries, contributing more to the environment and the global economy than it takes out.

CTPA’s Sustainability Hub, covering an ever-expanding range of topics, will be a repository of definitions, legal requirements and related guidance, both external and from CTPA, to help guide companies of all sizes towards making their own roles, products and businesses more sustainable.

CTPA engages with like-minded organisations, such as INCPEN (Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment), The British Plastics Federation, the British Retail Consortium, Cosmetics Europe and recycling charity Wrap (supporting the The UK Plastics Pact, Clear on Plastics and Recycle Now) to actively progress the aims and objectives of its Sustainability Strategy.  Through working together, we can  better navigate challenges that the sector faces and drive systemic change.  


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:

 

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

COP 26

COP stands for Conference of the Parties and it is the decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC).

CTPA has a page on what COP 26 will mean for companies around the world, which can be viewed in the Sustainability Hub by following this link.


What is Sustainability?

The Brundtland Comission paper 'Our Common Future' defines sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

To help explain what is meant by sustainability, the CTPA has a section on its consumer website called 'Caring for Future Generations'. The philosophy of the website is to provide information about the science behind cosmetic products, the way safety is assured and topical issues in plain English in a simple, straightforward manner.

The cosmetics industry recognises that aspects of sustainability such as energy, water, waste and human rights are integral to long-term success.

 

The Sustainable Development Goals Explained

(SDGs)

In 2000 the UN launched the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 189 countries of the world were brought together to consider the big challenges affecting the future of society and the environment. This led to the creation of a series of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are a framework of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 working towards a target date of 2030.

 

These targets highlight not only the environmental challenges the world faces today but the effect on communities and people all over the world of an unsustainable approach. Each of the 17 Goals has a set of indicators that gives companies and governments the ability to push for the goals with reasonable and achievable targets.

 


*courtesy of SDG

 

Individual CTPA members are working with initiatives that tackle all of the 17 goals, but we realise there is still some progress to be made in driving towards a net positive cosmetics industry. Members have also made some inspiring sustainability innovations and we are showcasing industry best practice to help inspire and motivate companies through a series of case studies as the strategy develops. With the help of sustainability experts from CTPA, our members, Forum for the Future and Teneo, our strategy will help the industry incorporate sustainability from grassroots up.

 

Guidelines for the Sustainable Development Goals