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Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Self
Head office: Geel, Belgium
Sector: Cosmetics
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Self sustainability score report

Last edited: 16 September 2016 by Willemijn
Last reviewed: 16 September 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 4
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Self implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for instance with respect to 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? Self has not published the climate footprint of own operations. However Self mentioned the goal to calculate the climate footprint in the future. 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? Self has set the goal to reduce its climate emissions by 20% in the next 5 years. Source
4. Is at least 25% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Self does not communicate its renewable energy policy. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

11 out of 18
1. Does the brand have a policy to phase out all possible harmful substances? Self states only using natural ingredients for its products, but not using 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? Self has a clear policy to avoid using high hazard ingredients, and publicly clarifies and accounts for the use of the few red listed substances at “Skin Deep database” of the “Environmental Working Group”, such as Geraniol. 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? Self states the products are 'natural', free of synthetic dyes and fragrances, parabens and silicons. To support this claim Self wants to get the “Natrue” certification. Source
4. Does the brand refrain from using any microplastics for all of its products? See remark for environmental policy question 3. Source
5. Does the cosmetics brand completely refrain from animal testing including tests in the supply chain? Self states that the use of animal testing is completely banned from all products. Source
6. Does the cosmetics brand refrain from using animal derived ingredients? Self communicates that the use of animal derived ingredients is completely banned from all products. Its products are 100% vegan. Source
7. Does the brand have a policy to replace petroleum-based ingredients with renewable, biodegradable ingredients? See remark for environmental policy question 1-3. Source
8. Has the brand already achieved an overall ratio of 50% renewable, biodegradable ingredients? See remark for environmental policy question 1-3. 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 1-3. Source
10. Are all cosmetics free of genetically modified materials, nanomaterials and radiated materials? See remark for environmental policy question 1-3. Also there is a statement on the non-use of genetically modified materials. Source
11. Are at least 50% of the brand products certified ‘natural’? Self states that all its product ingredients are certified according to Eco-Cert standard. Self does not specify however, whether it refers to the “natural and organic cosmetic label” or “natural cosmetic label”. 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’? See remark for environmental policy question 11. Source
14. Does the brand inform users through all products about environmentally responsible use, such as dosage, water use and packaging disposal? Self 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? Self does not report a water footprint on their website. 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? Self does not report a material footprint on their website. 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? Self communicates a waste reduction policy, but does not report the overall performance. 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? Self reports to use certified recyclable packaging. However, Self does not report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy. 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? Self states that all its product ingredients are certified according to Eco-Cert standard. Self does not specify however, whether this means certification according to the “ESR Standard” from Eco-Cert. 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? Self states that conflict minerals like mica are not processed. 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