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Zao
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 12 out of 26

Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Cosm'etika France Sarl
Head office: Bourg de Péage, France
Sector: Cosmetics
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Zao sustainability score report

Last edited: 14 July 2016 by Olga
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? Zao implements measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using climate friendly bamboo as an ingredient and for its packaging. 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? Zao 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? Zao 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? Zao does not communicate its renewable energy policy. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

10 out of 18
1. Does the brand have a policy to phase out all possible harmful substances? Zao only uses natural ingredients for its products, except for nail care and nailpolish. But, concerning these products Zao gives account for the use of each ingredient and indicates which chemicals are banned. 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? Zao is listed in the SkinDeep database, but the use ‘red’ coded ingredients is not indicated. 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? Zao communicates that the use of animal testing is completely banned from all products. Source
6. Does the cosmetics brand refrain from using animal derived ingredients? Not all Zao products can be considered vegan. Source
7. Does the brand have a policy to replace petroleum-based ingredients with renewable, biodegradable ingredients? Zao products do not contain ingredients from petrochemical industry, but only uses natural ingredients – except for nail care and nailpolish. 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? Zao does not specify whether all products are free of genetically modified materials, nanomaterials and radiated materials. Source
11. Are at least 50% of the brand products certified ‘natural’? The majority of the Zao products are certified according to 'Ecocert' standard. Source
12. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified renewable ingredients for at least 50% of its total use of ingredients? See remark for environmental policy question 11. Source
13. Are at least 90% of the brand products certified ‘organic’? Zao does not specify whether at least 90% of its products are certified 'organic'. Source
14. Does the brand inform users through all products about environmentally responsible use, such as dosage, water use and packaging disposal? Zao encourages a diminution of packaging disposal by offering almost all products in a sustainable and refillable packaging. But, Zao 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? Zao 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? Zao 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? Zao 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? Many of Zao's products are already available in a more sustainable and refillable packaging. Zao however does not publish any information on its annual packaging materials footprint. 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? Zao reports that its palm oil and palm oil derivates supply is partly RSPO certified. However, for other ingredients like shea butter or cocoa oil social certification is not mentioned. 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? Zao 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