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 greenhouse gas emissions and those of our suppliers. 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 ambition, we joined the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) in April 2021. Based on the SBTi criteria and science-based targets, we adopted a holistic climate strategy at the end of 2022 that will enable us to make our contribution to limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees.
We are committed to reducing absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2032 compared to a 2019 baseline. cosnova has also set a target to reduce absolute Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions from upstream transportation and distribution, business travel and employee commuting by 33% within the same timeframe.
We also aim to have science-based targets set by 2027 for suppliers, who account for 66% of emissions from our purchased goods and services, and logistics providers, who account for 90% of emissions from downstream transportation. More information on our SBT can be found here by entering the company name cosnova:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.