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Nivea
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 6 out of 26

Sustainability summary

Nivea has achieved the D-label. Nivea has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Beiersdorf AG
Head office: Hamburg, Germany
Sector: Cosmetics
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Nivea sustainability score report

Last edited: 14 July 2016 by Bianca F.
Last reviewed: 14 July 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 4
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Beiersdorf (brand owner of Nivea) implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as energy efficiency measures and using renewable energy (see link, page 32-37). 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? Beiersdorf increased its climate footprint (Scope 1 &2) from 100,440 tons of CO2e in 2014 (see link, “Climate Change 2015 response”) to 100,790 tons of CO2e in 2015, which represents an increase of around 0,3% (see link, previous question, page 33-34). 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? Beiersdorf aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30% per product sold by 2020, compared to 2005. However, total target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions of own operations are not specified (see link, page 32). Source
4. Is at least 25% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? From 2016, Beiersdorf plans to convert the power supply at all locations in Germany to green electricity. The company reports to have established in-house generation of renewable energy to cover some electricity needs at a number of its sites, but does not disclose how much or what percentage of total electricity use this represents (see link, page 27-28). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

4 out of 18
1. Does the brand have a policy to phase out all possible harmful substances? Beiersdorf does not communicate a policy to phase out all possible harmful substances. Instead it performs its own assessment of these substances. If a substance is found to be unsafe the consequences range from product recall to substance phase out (see link, page 21-23). 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? Nivea is listed on the SkinDeep database using an abundance of chemicals coded as ‘red’, and it does clarify on a number of chemical (groups) such as parabens, but does not give a clarification on the full spectrum of possible hazardous substances used. 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? Beiersdorf claims its has committed to no longer using polyethylene particles in its care products and is working on more natural, biodegradable replacements (see also link at labour conditions question 1). But, the use of microplastics (including polyethylene) was still identified in Nivea products (effective by March 2016). Source
5. Does the cosmetics brand completely refrain from animal testing including tests in the supply chain? Beiersdorf completely refrains from animal testing, but tolerates exceptions if a national supervisory authority demand it for safety or regulatory purposes. Source
6. Does the cosmetics brand refrain from using animal derived ingredients? Nivea 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? Beiersdorf does not specify to replace petroleum-based ingredients with renewable, biodegradable ingredients. Source
8. Has the brand already achieved an overall ratio of 50% renewable, biodegradable ingredients? For its brand Nivea, Beiersdorf does not specify the overall ratio of renewable, biodegradable ingredients. 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? Nivea uses several of petroleum derived ingredients. Source
10. Are all cosmetics free of genetically modified materials, nanomaterials and radiated materials? Beiersdorf does not specify whether all Nivea brand products are free of genetically modified materials, nanomaterials and radiated materials. Source
11. Are at least 50% of the brand products certified ‘natural’? Beiersdorf does not specify which share of its Nivea brand products is certified ‘natural’. Source
12. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified renewable ingredients for at least 50% of its total use of ingredients? Neither Beiersdorf nor Nivea specify the current, overall ratio of environmentally certified ingredients used for Nivea products. Source
13. Are at least 90% of the brand products certified ‘organic’? Beiersdorf does not specify which share of its Nivea brand products is certified ‘organic’. Source
14. Does the brand inform users through all products about environmentally responsible use, such as dosage, water use and packaging disposal? Beiersdorf does not specify whether environmentally responsible use information are provided for its customers through all Nivea brand products. Source
15. Does the brand (company) publish a water footprint and is there a concrete policy to minimize, reduce or compensate this footprint? Beiersdorf implements several measures to reduce its water usage. In 2015, Beiersdorf used 1,988,101 m3 of water (see link, page 30 & 31). 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? Beiersdorf implements several measures to improve its annual material footprint. In 2015, Beiersdorf purchased about 496,057 tonnes of materials (see link, page 25-26). 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? Beiersdorf implements several measures to improve its annual waste material footprint. In 2015, Beiersdorf's total waste material footprint was at 38,452 tonnes (see link, page 37-39). 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? Beiersdorf implements several measures to minimize the impact of its packaging. In 2015, Beiersdorf purchased 123,820 tonnes of packaging (see link, page 23-26). 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? Beiersdorf participates in the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP) and the RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil). But, neither Beiersdorf nor Nivea specify which share of Nivea's tropical ingredients purchased is socially certified. 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? Neither Beiersdorf nor Nivea mention the topic of social risk or certification for its mined ingredients from low wage countries. 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