In order to successfully implement our Sustainability Agenda we need to act jointly with our partners right along the value chain: Only together with them can we initiate genuinely effective change. Our membership of various sustainability-focused global associations and our active networking with industry partners helps us drive progress. These exchanges are vital for us to understand our key stakeholders’ expectations of us as a global company regarding environmental and social issues. This way we can keep all sustainability-related issues and developments beyond the boundaries of our company clearly in view and can respond more quickly to challenges and change.
The worldwide “AIM-PROGRESS” initiative brings together more than 40 leading manufacturers of Fast Moving Consumer Goods to improve cooperation in the supply chain. Beiersdorf uses the platform, which operates under the banner “Achieving more together”, to promote responsible purchasing practices and greater sustainability throughout the supply chain.
Action for Sustainable Derivatives
The joint initiative“Action for Sustainable Derivatives” (ASD) brings together companies in the cosmetics, home and personal care, and oleochemicals industries to collectively tackle supply chain issues around palm oil. As a founding member, Beiersdorf is committed to increase the transparency of the global supply chain for derivatives, jointly monitor risks and activities along the supply chain,and implement collective action projects to address social and ecological challenges on the ground.
The industry Consortium CosPaTox, which emerged from Forum Rezyklat, is concerned with the standardization of high-quality PCR materials, specifically for cosmetics packaging. The aim is to define toxicological safety guidelines for post-consumer (non-food) plastic recyclates (PCRs). As a member, Beiersdorf is working with many renowned companies from the industry and actively supporting the development towards a circular economy.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy and its mission is to accelerate this transition on a global level to build a regenerative and restorative economy. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works with business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale. Alongside Beiersdorf, there are over 200 organisations from around the world in the Foundation’s Network.
In the “Forum Rezyklat” stakeholders along the entire value chain work together with the aim to increase the recycling rate and the proportion of recycled packaging, as well as to promote the awareness of a circular economy approach. Beiersdorf is part of the steering committee and is involved as an active member in all three working groups “Master Data Management”, “Technology & Recycling” and “Consumer Communication”.
Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil
The “Sustainable Palm Oil Forum” (FONAP) aims to significantly increase the proportion of sustainably produced palm oil in the DACH region as quickly as possible while at the same time improving existing standards and certifications. As a founding member of FONAP, Beiersdorf is actively involved in the dialogue and the exchange of experience, and contributes to the timely conversion to sustainably certified palm and palm kernel oil.
Global Shea Alliance
The “Global Shea Alliance” (GSA) is a non-profit industry association with 500 members from 35 countries. The GSA promotes sustainability in the Shea industry and defines quality practices and standards. Together with the non-governmental organization, Beiersdorf is committed to the sustainable use of Shea in West Africa and supports local women groups.
Holy Grail 2.0
The “HolyGrail 2.0” is a cross-supply chain initiative by AIM, the European Brands Association. It aims to achieve a better sorting and therefore higher-quality recycling by applying a digital watermark technology to packaging. As a member of this joint approach Beiersdorf is supporting a circular economy together with 80+ other companies in the EU.
Renewable Carbon Initiative
The “Renewable Carbon Initiative” (RCI) addresses the core problem of climate change which is extracting and using additional fossil carbon from the ground. Therefore, the initiative strives tofully substitute fossil carbon by renewable carbon by 2050. Renewable carbon is carbon from alternative sources such as biomass, CO2 utilisation and recycling. As a founding member Beiersdorf supports the idea and wants to push the transformation forward with the idea to reach a fully circular economy
for carbon-based materials in the future.
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
The “Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil” (RSPO) is committed to the sustainable cultivation of palm oil and sets global standards and criteria. As a member of the RSPO, Beiersdorf supports the promotion of sustainable cultivation methods and engages in dialogue with producers, governments, non-profit organizations (NPOs), and consumers worldwide.
Suppliers can share sustainability data on their procurement practices via the “Sedex” cooperation platform. Using it gives Beiersdorf an insight into the responsible actions and sustainability efforts of suppliers, which creates greater transparency in the supply chain.
Sustainable Packaging Coalition
The “Sustainable Packaging Coalition” (SPC) is a member-based cooperation that aims to make packaging more sustainable. As part of the SPC, Beiersdorf is committed to the responsible use of sustainable packaging. This includes projects for recycling and the development of innovative, resource-saving materials.
United Nations Global Compact
The “United Nations Global Compact” (UNGC) is the world’s largest and most important initiative for responsible corporate governance. Beiersdorf is a member of the UNGC and is committed to its ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labor standards, the environment and climate, and corruption prevention.