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Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 11 out of 26

Sustainability summary

Squalan has achieved the C-label. Squalan is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed.

Brand owner: Squalan Natural Health B.V.
Head office: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sector: Cosmetics
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Squalan sustainability score report

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

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

0 out of 4
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Squalan mentions all products are produced sustainably, however, it does not communicate any information on a climate protection policy on its website. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. 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? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. 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? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source
4. Is at least 25% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

9 out of 18
1. Does the brand have a policy to phase out all possible harmful substances? Squalan only uses natural ingredients (100% plant-based and free from alcohol) for its products, but does not use possible harmful substances like synthetic fragrances and colorings, paraffin, silicones, petroleum products or synthetic fats. 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? See remark for environmental policy question 1. 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? Squalan 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? Squalan communicates that animal derived ingredients are not used for its products. Source
7. Does the brand have a policy to replace petroleum-based ingredients with renewable, biodegradable ingredients? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
8. Has the brand already achieved an overall ratio of 50% renewable, biodegradable ingredients? See remark for environmental policy question 1. 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 1. Source
10. Are all cosmetics free of genetically modified materials, nanomaterials and radiated materials? Squalan does not specify whether all cosmetics are free of genetically modified materials, nanomaterials and radiated materials. Source
11. Are at least 50% of the brand products certified ‘natural’? Some of Squalan's ingredients are Ecocert certified. But, Squalan does not specify which share of its 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? Some of Squalan's ingredients are Ecocert certified. But, Squalan does not specify which share of its products is certified 'organic'. Source
13. Are at least 90% of the brand products certified ‘organic’? See remark for environmental policy question 16. Source
14. Does the brand inform users through all products about environmentally responsible use, such as dosage, water use and packaging disposal? Squalan 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? Squalan does not publish any information on its annual water footprint. 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? Squalan does not publish an annual material footprint, neither by sold product. 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? Squalan does not publish any information on 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? Squalan does not publish any information on its annual packaging materials footprint. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

2 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? Squalan does not refer to any social certification for its products. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. 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? Squalan does not process minerals such as mica, gold or other potential conflict minerals in its products. 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