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Sustainability summary

Rituals has achieved the E-label, because only a little information is published about a policy on sustainability. It is hard to see the effort Rituals is making on sustainability. Therefore, more policy and transparency is needed.

Brand owner: Rituals Cosmetics B.V.
Head office: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sector: Cosmetics
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Rituals sustainability score report

Last edited: 14 July 2016 by Simona
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? Rituals implements several measures to reduce its climate footprint, such as striving to manufacture the majority of its products in Europe to keep as small as possible its climate footprint. 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? Rituals does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. It is therefore not clear if the implemented measures actually helped to reduce the total annual greenhouse gas emissions. 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? Rituals does not communicate up to date target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations. Source
4. Is at least 25% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Rituals does not communicate its renewable energy policy. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 18
1. Does the brand have a policy to phase out all possible harmful substances? Rituals states that for its products it uses "natural, renewable and organic ingredients" and if necessary "safe alternatives for anything nature cannot provide." However, it is unclear if the company has a policy to phase out all possible harmful substances. 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? Rituals does not clarify on the use of possible harmful substances as indicated in the SkinDeep database. 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? Rituals does not specify that it strictly applies the precautionary principle (=banning) for all possible harmful substances. Source
4. Does the brand refrain from using any microplastics for all of its products? Rituals communicates all products are 100% free of plastic scrub microbeads (see also link next question). However, the use of microplastics is still identified in Rituals products (effective by March 2016). Source
5. Does the cosmetics brand completely refrain from animal testing including tests in the supply chain? Rituals 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? Rituals 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? Rituals 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? Rituals has not disclosed 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? Rituals does not disclose any statement about the use of petroleum derived ingredients. Source
10. Are all cosmetics free of genetically modified materials, nanomaterials and radiated materials? Rituals does not disclose any statement about the use of genetically modified materials, nanomaterials and radiated materials. Source
11. Are at least 50% of the brand products certified ‘natural’? See remark for environmental policy question 1. It is however unclear if the natural products are certified ‘natural’, and if so what overall percentage of material use this represents. Source
12. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified renewable ingredients for at least 50% of its total use of ingredients? Rituals does not specify the overall ratio of products certified 'organic'. 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? Rituals does not show any activity in this direction. Source
15. Does the brand (company) publish a water footprint and is there a concrete policy to minimize, reduce or compensate this footprint? Rituals has not disclosed its water footprint or any activities to reduce it or compensate it. 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? Rituals does not publish its annual material use footprint. 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? Rituals does not publish its annual waste materials footprint. 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? Rituals uses wood from sustainable sources, FSC-certified paper and cardboard and glass when possible for its packaging. However, the company has not discloses its annual results. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 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? Rituals does not refer to any social certification for its tropical ingredients sourced. 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? Rituals does not mention the topic of social risk or certification for its mined ingredients (like Mica) 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