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Yves Rocher & sustainability


Yves Rocher
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 4 out of 26

Sustainability summary

Yves Rocher has achieved the D-label. Yves Rocher has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Groupe Rocher
Head office: La Gacilly, Frankrijk
Sector: Cosmetics
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Yves Rocher sustainability score report

Last edited: 14 July 2016 by Wieke
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? Groupe Rocher (brand owner of Yves Rocher) implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using renewable energy and energy efficiency measures (see link, page 7-17). 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? Groupe Rocher increased its climate footprint (Scope 1 &2) from 19,194 tons of CO2e in 2014 (see link, page 34) to 19,778 tons of CO2e in 2015, which represents an increase of around 3% (see link, previous question, page 17). 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? Groupe Rocher does not communicate information on total target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions of own operations (see link,page 7). 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 2014, Groupe Rocher reports a 20% renewable energy use for its electricity consumption. However, sources and additionality of supply are not clear enough specified (see link, page 16-17). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 18
1. Does the brand have a policy to phase out all possible harmful substances? Neither Groupe Rocher (brand owner) nor Yves Rocher inform on a general, up to date policy to phase out all possible harmful substances in Yves Rocher products. 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? Neither Groupe Rocher nor Yves Rocher clarify on the use of possible harmful substances as indicated in the SkinDeep database. 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? Neither Groupe Rocher nor Yves Rocher specify to apply the precautionary principle (=banning) for all possible harmful substances in Yves Rocher products. Source
4. Does the brand refrain from using any microplastics for all of its products? The use of microplastics was still identified in Yves Rocher products (effective by March 2016). Source
5. Does the cosmetics brand completely refrain from animal testing including tests in the supply chain? Yves Rocher originally refrained from animal testing, but is actually linked to respective practices. Source
6. Does the cosmetics brand refrain from using animal derived ingredients? Yves Rocher uses animal derived ingredients, such as honey and beeswax. Source
7. Does the brand have a policy to replace petroleum-based ingredients with renewable, biodegradable ingredients? Yves Rocher aimed to replace petroleum-based ingredients such as parabens with naturally derived ingredients. But, there is no clear indication of current performance level. Source
8. Has the brand already achieved an overall ratio of 50% renewable, biodegradable ingredients? Neither Groupe Rocher nor Yves Rocher specify the current, overall ratio of renewable, biodegradable ingredients used for Yves Rocher products. 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? Neither Groupe Rocher nor Yves Rocher specify whether all Yves Rocher products are free of genetically modified materials, nanomaterials and radiated materials. Source
11. Are at least 50% of the brand products certified ‘natural’? Yves Rocher claims its products are ‘natural’, but does not give a definition nor refers to a standard of ‘natural’ cosmetics. Source
12. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified renewable ingredients for at least 50% of its total use of ingredients? Neither Groupe Rocher nor Yves Rocher specify the current, overall ratio of environmentally certified ingredients used for Yves Rocher products (see link, page 48). 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? Yves Rocher 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? Groupe Rocher implements several measures to reduce its water usage. In 2015, Groupe Rocher used about 192,385 m3 of water for the production of cosmetics and detergents (see link, page 11-12). 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? Groupe Rocher implements several measures to improve its annual material footprint, but does not publish its annual material footprint, or alternatively material footprints for each sold Yves Rocher 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? Groupe Rocher implements several measures to improve its annual waste material footprint. In 2015, Groupe Rocher's total waste material footprint was at 12,166 tonnes (see link, page 18-20). 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? Groupe Rocher implements several measures to minimize the impact of its packaging. But, aggregate results regarding its annual packaging materials footprint are not clearly specified. 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? Groupe Rocher communicates its taking part in discussions and certification structure from the RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil). But, neither Groupe Rocher nor Yves Rocher specify which share of Yves Rocher's tropical ingredients purchased is socially certified (see link, page 13). 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? Neither Groupe Rocher nor Yves Rocher 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