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Dr. Hauschka & sustainability


Dr. Hauschka
Well on the way Click here for score rapport: 17 out of 26

Sustainability summary

Dr. Hauschka has achieved the B-label. Dr. Hauschka is one of the more sustainable cosmetic brands. However, there are some improvements to be made

Brand owner: WALA Heilmittel GmbH
Head office: Bad Boll/Eckwälden, Germany
Sector: Cosmetics
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Dr. Hauschka sustainability score report

Last edited: 2 September 2016 by Mario
Last reviewed: 2 September 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 4
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? WALA (brand owner of Dr. Hauschka) implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as energy efficiency measures and using renewable energy (see link, page 24-31). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? WALA reduced its own operations climate footprint from 2,984 tons of CO2 in 2014 to 2,925 tons of CO2 in 2015, which represents a decrease of around 2% (see link, page 27). Source
3. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? WALA does not communicate information on total target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions of own operations (see link, page 24-31). Source
4. Is at least 25% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? WALA reports to use renewable energy on total electricity consumption at its production facility only, which accounts for more than 25% of the electricity used - generated by on-site solar energy or provided by its local energy supplier. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

14 out of 18
1. Does the brand have a policy to phase out all possible harmful substances? WALA only uses natural ingredients for its Dr. Hauschka brand products, but does not use possible harmful substances like synthetic fragrances or petroleum products (see link, page 20). Source
2. Does the brand refrain from using the high hazard (red coded) chemicals as listed in the Skin Deep database of the Environmental Working Group, and if still used, does the brand give scientific account for the safe use of it? Dr. Hauschka is listed in the SkinDeep database using ‘red’ coded ingredients, but publicly clarifies and accounts for the use of each red listed substance (essential oils as fragrances) (see also link, next question). Source
3. Does the brand strictly apply the precautionary principle (=banning) for all possible harmful substances such as parabens, also when the scientific evidence for possible harm is limited, unclear or debated? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand refrain from using any microplastics for all of its products? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the cosmetics brand completely refrain from animal testing including tests in the supply chain? Dr. Hauschka completely refrains from animal testing, and does not delegate this task to others. Source
6. Does the cosmetics brand refrain from using animal derived ingredients? Dr. Hauschka uses animal derived ingredients, such as honey or beeswax. Source
7. Does the brand have a policy to replace petroleum-based ingredients with renewable, biodegradable ingredients? Dr. Hauschka products do not contain ingredients from petrochemical industry, but only uses natural ingredients that are in accordance to BDIH and / or NATRUE standards. Source
8. Has the brand already achieved an overall ratio of 50% renewable, biodegradable ingredients? See remark for environmental policy question 7. Source
9. Are all the cosmetics of the brand free of organic-synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, ethoxylated raw materials, synthetic UV filters, synthetic preservatives, silicones, paraffin and other petroleum derived products? See remark for environmental policy question 7. Source
10. Are all cosmetics free of genetically modified materials, nanomaterials and radiated materials? See remark for environmental policy question 7. Source
11. Are at least 50% of the brand products certified ‘natural’? See remark for environmental policy question 7. Source
12. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified renewable ingredients for at least 50% of its total use of ingredients? Dr. Hauschka uses biodynamic and certified organic ingredients where possible. Currently, more than 80% of all ingredients processed can be considered biodynamic or organic certified. Source
13. Are at least 90% of the brand products certified ‘organic’? See remark for environmental policy question 12. Source
14. Does the brand inform users through all products about environmentally responsible use, such as dosage, water use and packaging disposal? Dr. Hauschka does not specify whether environmentally responsible use information are provided for its customers through all products. Source
15. Does the brand (company) publish a water footprint and is there a concrete policy to minimize, reduce or compensate this footprint? WALA implements several measures to reduce its water usage. In 2015, WALA used 57,406 m3 of water. That is around 0,8% more than in 2014 (see link, page 26). Source
16. Does the brand (company) publish its annual material use footprint, or alternatively material footprints for each sold product, and does the brand have an effective policy in place to reduce the overall environmental impact of material use? WALA implements several measures to improve its annual material footprint and reports that 499 tonnes of office / production / communication materials were procured in 2015. But, neither WALA nor Dr. Hauschka publish an aggregate annual material footprint, or by sold product (see link, page 19). Source
17. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? WALA implements several measures to improve its annual waste material footprint. In 2015, WALA's total waste material footprint was at 482 tonnes. That is around 13% more than in 2014 (see link, page 28). Source
18. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? WALA implements several measures to minimize the impact of its packaging. In 2015, WALA purchased 980,4 tonnes of packaging. That is around 147% more than in 2014, but on the same level as in 2013 (see link, page 23). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 4
1. Does the brand (company) purchase tropical ingredients such as palm oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, carnauba wax from sources (e.g. plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce these tropical materials? Dr. Hauschka communicates that around 66% of its tropical ingredients, such as palm oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil and carnauba wax, come from RA certified sources, 22% are Fairtrade-certified and 8% come from a close, long-standing WALA partner. But, Dr. Hauschka does not yet specify whether tropical ingredients such as pineapples or mangos are covered too. Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% of its tropical ingredients such as palm oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, carnauba wax from sources (e.g. plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tropical ingredients? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase mined raw materials such as mica and gold from sources (e.g. mines) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the raw materials, and/or is the brand equally involved in significant initiatives to achieve this? Dr. Hauschka communicates that 80% of its mined raw materials are within the USA and EU. With regard to Mica, and other third world and emerging countries minerals, it states it demands and has the relevant certificates for many raw materials. That is not specified any further however. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% of its mined raw materials such as mica and gold from sources (e.g. mines) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the workers who produce the raw materials, and/or is the brand equally involved in significant initiatives to achieve this? See remark for labor conditions policy question 3. Source