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Program


Program Overview

The Sustainable Cosmetics Summit comprised a 2-day conference and an interactive workshop. View the summit pics here

 

Thursday 17th May: Day One

Session One: Sustainability Update

Session Two: Green Materials
 

Friday 18th May: Day Two

Session Three: Sustainable Sourcing

Session Four: Marketing & Distribution Developments

 

Wednesday 16th May: Pre-Conference

Workshop: Openings in Global Natural & Organic Cosmetics Market

 

Detailed Program

Thursday 17th May: Day One

Session One: Sustainability Update

Sustainability has become a multi-faceted discipline covering a product's raw materials, formulation, production methods, packaging, distribution and waste considerations. Apart from environmental and health impacts, its remit also extends to social and economic footprints. With the use of case studies, this session gave an update on sustainability in the cosmetics & personal care industry. How are leading operators approaching this discipline and what are their key priorities?

Speakers discussed approaches to measure chemical impacts, sustainability and aerosols, tackling ocean plastic pollution, and a case study from a leading cosmetics brand.

 

Session Two: Green Materials

This session covered important developments in green cosmetic ingredients. An introduction was given to the concept of skin biomes: how can skin care products help maintain or nourish the eco-systems that exist on our skin? Details were given of new actives that protect skin from blue light and infrared rays. Other speakers discussed novel botanical actives, natural skincare ingredients, and bio-based materials.

The sustainability of natural ingredients was debated in the panel discussion: what is the best way to develop green formulations? Is it by increasing content of natural / green ingredients, and / or by removing chemicals with high impacts? And, does green always mean safer?

 

Friday 18th May: Day Two

Session Three: Sustainable Sourcing

Sustainable sourcing has become prominent, with a growing number of cosmetic and ingredient firms investing in such projects. This session looked at some common approaches to sustainable sourcing and its associated benefits.

Speakers looked at how sustainable sourcing can address environmental, social, and biodiversity impacts. The role of sustainability roundtables was discussed, followed by the risks and opportunities associated with sourcing programs. To conclude, featured speakers discussed the future direction of sustainable sourcing: is it with in-house schemes, or industry charters, sustainability schemes, and standards?

 

Session Four: Marketing & Distribution Developments

Marketing and distribution continues to play an important role in the cosmetic & personal care industry. This session looked at such developments in the context of sustainable cosmetics. Case studies were given of brands with novel sustainability credentials, as well as digital marketing best-practices. To conclude, the panel discussed the role of marketing communications.

 

Wednesday 16th May: Pre-Conference Workshop

Workshop: Openings in Global Natural & Organic Cosmetics Market

This workshop gave a detailed update of the global market for natural & organic cosmetics, highlighting trends and developments in the major geographic regions. The role of certification, standards and green labels was outlined. Ingredient, product and distribution trends were covered, as well as competitive developments and retailer strategies. Insights were given into consumer behavior, including motives and attitudes towards natural and organic products.

Case studies were given of companies who are successfully riding the green wave in North America, Europe and other regions. Future growth projections were given, as well as business openings for new entrants and existing participants.

 

The summit materials (including seminar proceedings and workshop pack) are now available for a professional fee. Click here for further details.

 

Organized by:

Ecovia Intelligence

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Gold Sponsors:

Croda Heinz Glas

Silver Sponsors:

AAK BASF
Beraca
JRS
Bio ForXtra
DSM
Stepan
Genomatica

Supporting Organizations:

Ecocert group ICMAD

Media Partners:

Euro Cosmetics HPC
Premium Beauty News Happi
Cosmetics Design World Press Online