Preserving our environement
On a daily basis and at all levels of the company, we want to focus on reducing our impact generated directly or indirectly by our activities on the climate, natural resources and biodiversity. “In this area, every little bit counts!”
Our key figures for 2022
Focus on palm oil
We constantly strive to guarantee transparent, traceable and responsible sourcing of our raw materials. This commitment requires us to pay particular attention to the environmental and social impacts of our raw materials supply chains. Some, less transparent than others, requiring us to redouble our efforts. This is the case for palm and palm kernel oil, where we need to move towards responsible production that respects the environment and communities, while retaining the added value of this oil. This is why, since 2010, we are a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil). Our manufacturing site in Saint-Priest and Singapore are RSPO-certified.
Since 2018, all new ingredients using palm and palm kernel derivatives in their manufacturing processes must comply at least with the mass Balance Model. Our objective is to have 100% of our personal care ingredients RSPO MB certified by 2025.
To go a step further in our approach to transparency and traceability of palm oil derivatives, we have joined the ASD (Action for Sustainable Derivatives) collective. In 2022, the transparency investigation (based on our 2021 palm derivatives supplies) enabled us to achieve a very good level of transparency in our supply chain:
Initiatives to limit our environmental impact
To tackle the emergency of climate change, we have integrated technical skills in-house in order to implement our carbon trajectory and reduce our impact on resources and ecosystems.
In order to secure our supplies and guarantee the quality of our raw materials, our personal care ingredients are developed according to responsible sourcing criteria with regard to their ethical, environmental and social impact, from harvesting to the factory gate.
Our eco-responsible approach is recognized by the certification of our personal care ingredients via the French label, ERI 360° (Eco responsible ingredient). We currently have 6 certified ingredients.
We also contribute through our sourcing to the fight against deforestation and respect for human rights. This is notably the case with our palm oil derivatives supply chain, through the implementation of our "NDPE" policy.
Limiting our carbon footprint
In 2023, we submitted two science-based targets to the Science Based Target initiative, which validated them in April:
- Reduce emissions linked to scopes 1 and 2 (direct emissions) by 42% by 2030 compared to 2021.
- Reduce Scope 3 emissions (indirect emissions) by 25% by 2030 compared to 2021.
To achieve these objectives, a short- and long-term action plan is currently being rolled out. More than 60 actions have been identified, carried out by various departments within the company. Some of these actions have already been implemented (adaptation of certain industrial processes), while others are more complex will require various studies over the coming months.
Managing our water consumption
Water is an essential resource for our manufacturing operations. In order to manage water resources sustainably, we launched a specific project in 2022, with the aim of reducing water consumption at the Saint-Priest site and managing it more effectively. Every week, several services work together to implement actions in the sectors that consume the most water. The first results are already visible. By updating cleaning procedures for product and raw material transfer lines, production teams have managed to save over 70m3 of water by 2022.
This commitment is directly in line with the sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, which aims to reach universal access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for all by 2030.
Reducing and recovering our waste
In our waste management system, waste recovery is a priority. In 2022, on our main manufacturing site at Saint-Priest (France), 82% of our waste was recycled and/or recovered with the regular adoption of new sorting channels, and 18% incinerated with energy recovery.
The HSE team raises employees' awareness about waste, and there are clearly identified waste containers all over the Saint-Priest site.
We are also working on the notion of Upcycling in the development of our ingredients. This has been the case for several years with some of our Original Extracts™. These are vegetable waters resulting from the recovery of a waste product from the food industry. In 2021, we have upcycled more than 107 tons of fruit water. A significant volume that will not end up as waste.