The climate crisis and the resulting global warming is one of the key issues of our time.
As a beauty company, we take responsibility and make our contribution to a more sustainable approach to nature, its resources and the climate.
We strive to continuously reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions and those of our suppliers. In order to identify the effects of our actions on the environment and possible improvement measures, we regularly calculate our carbon footprint with the help of the climate specialist ClimatePartner. This allows us to determine how many greenhouse gases we emit through our direct and indirect business activities.
As a sign of our commitment, we joined the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) in April 2021. Based on the SBTi criteria and science-based targets, we will develop a holistic climate strategy by 2023 at the latest that will allow us to make our contribution to limiting global warming to significantly below 2 degrees.
In line with this, we are also gradually switching to climate-neutral products. In collaboration with ClimatePartner, we determine the CO2 emissions of the products in our standard range, starting with the essence extreme shine volume lipgloss and the CATRICE Glam and Doll range, and offset them with climate protection projects.
We do not operate our own factories. Instead, we source our products from selected suppliers. In addition to the ingredients and packaging materials, the production of our products also causes significant CO2 emissions. Therefore, we strive to actively support our suppliers on their path to more sustainable energy performance and the use of green electricity.
The less material we use for our packaging, the more energy and emissions we can save. That's why we have planned very specific improvements for the development of new packaging.
Our goal: We want to use up to 30 % less packaging material by 2025.
It is also good for the climate and the environment to use recyclates, i.e. plastics that have already had at least one "life" behind them and which – once reprocessed – can be put to new use. Some of our products are already partly packaged using recycled material. The use of recyclates can save up to 80 % energy and 60 % CO2 emissions in the long term.
Our goal: We want to produce at least 50 % of our packaging using recyclates by 2025.
Our logistics partner, CNL GmbH, has been a member of the Lean and Green program since 2016. As part of this initiative, we have committed ourselves to making the processes in our warehouse more efficient and environmentally friendly.
Our goal: We want to reduce CO2 emissions in our logistics by 20% by 2020.
We are also working on environmentally and climate-friendly concepts for our transport packaging. Our suppliers are required to use the highest possible proportion of recycled and certified materials for their transport packaging.
At some point, even the most beautiful eyeliner and lipstick is empty. Our approach is to keep as many valuable packaging raw materials as possible in the recyclable materials cycle. Because the fewer new resources we need, the lower the CO2 emissions are.
Our goal: We want to make up to 75 % of our packaging recyclable by 2025.
As an internationally active company, our employees have to travel frequently. As this releases a lot of CO2 into the atmosphere, we have been offsetting 100% of our air travel since 2016. The non-profit organization atmosfair supports climate protection projects around the world and thus compensates for the CO2 emissions generated. In 2019, we offset a total of 1,160 tons of greenhouse gases.
We also want to make a contribution to climate protection in the everyday lives of our employees. For example, we reward the choice of environmentally friendly company cars and offer all cosnova employees a job ticket for public transport.
With our Sustainability Report 2021, we show where we stand. Spanning our corporate responsibility pillars, we pick up highlights, share progress, and provide insights into the cosnova world, and how we are striving to make it more environmentally friendly every day. The report is available for download in German and English.