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Weleda
Well on the way Click here for score rapport: 17 out of 26

Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Weleda AG
Head office: Arlesheim, Switzerland
Sector: Cosmetics
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Weleda sustainability score report

Last edited: 19 August 2016 by Willemijn
Last reviewed: 19 August 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? Weleda implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using renewable energy and energy efficiency measures (see link, page 35-39). 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? Weleda increased its climate footprint (Scope 1 &2) from 4369 tons of CO2e in 2014 to 4848 tons of CO2e in 2015, which represents an increase of around 11% (see link, page 39). 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? Weleda only communicates relative target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions of own operations. Absolute target reductions are not specified however (see link, page 28 & 35). Source
4. Is at least 25% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? For 2015, Weleda reports a 90% renewable energy use for its electricity consumption. However, sources and additionality of supply are not clear enough specified (see link, page 35 & 38). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

15 out of 18
1. Does the brand have a policy to phase out all possible harmful substances? Weleda only uses natural ingredients 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? Weleda is listed in the SkinDeep database using ‘red’ coded ingredients (essential oils as fragrances), but publicly clarifies and accounts for the use of each red listed substance (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. According to 'Beat the Microbead' campaign Weleda is 100% microplastics free. Source
5. Does the cosmetics brand completely refrain from animal testing including tests in the supply chain? Weleda 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? Weleda uses animal derived ingredients, such as honey, lactose and beeswax. Source
7. Does the brand have a policy to replace petroleum-based ingredients with renewable, biodegradable ingredients? Weleda cosmetic products do not contain ingredients from petrochemical industry, but only natural ingredients (see link, page 16). Source
8. Has the brand already achieved an overall ratio of 50% renewable, biodegradable ingredients? In 2014, the clear majority of Weleda's ingredients used were renewable/ biodegradable (see link, page 16). 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? Weleda only uses natural ingredients that need to satisfy NATRUE requirements (see link, page 38). Source
11. Are at least 50% of the brand products certified ‘natural’? Weleda is a NATRUE full member category A, which requires that at least 75% of all natural and organic products are certified or in the process of being certified to the NATRUE label. Weleda claims all its natural and organic cosmetics are NATRUE certified (see link, page 39). Source
12. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified renewable ingredients for at least 50% of its total use of ingredients? Around 80% of Weleda's plant-based and animal-based ingredients used are organic / biodynamic certified (see link, page 28, and next question, page 16). 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? Weleda does not specify whether environmentally responsible use information are provided for its customers through all its 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? Weleda implements several measures to reduce its water usage. In 2015, Weleda used 152,689 m3 of water. That is around 7% more than in 2014 (see link, page 31-38). 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? Weleda implements several measures to improve its annual material footprint. In 2015, Weleda purchased 11,308 tonnes of materials. That is around 1,5% less than in 2014 (see link, page 32-39). 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? Weleda implements several measures to improve its annual waste material footprint. In 2015, Weleda's total waste material footprint was at 1,377 tonnes. That is around 5% more than in 2014 (see link, page 30-39). 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? Weleda implements several measures to minimize the impact of its packaging. In 2015, Weleda purchased 5,139 tonnes of packaging. That is around 3,3% less than in 2014 (see link, page 30-39). 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? Weleda starts to develop social criteria for suppliers, is a member of the Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT) and participates in the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP). But, Weleda does not specify which share of its tropical ingredients purchased is socially certified (see link, page 32-33). 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? Weleda does not 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