Environment

At a time characterized by severe environmental challenges, it is of highest importance to us to take all possible steps to counteract climate change and limit global warming. We are committed to minimizing the negative impact of our business activity on the environment and to continuously and significantly reduce our CO2e emissions. With our new sustainability agenda, we have defined four environmental focus areas to ensure that our sustainability action contributes where we as a global company can have the biggest impact and make a significant difference.

For a Carbon Positive Future

We are committed to do our part to limit global warming. Hence, we work intensively on the reduction of our CO2e emissions, the switch to renewable energy sources and the possibilities for greenhouse gas uptake.
By 2025, we want to significantly reduce our direct and indirect CO2e emissions by an absolute -30%. With this target we are inline with scientists’ 1.5°C calculations. Reaching this will bring us one step closer to our vision of a carbon positive future. 
With regard to renewable energy sources, we already reached our 100% goal in 2019, so that all Beiersdorf offices and production sites worldwide are now purchasing their electricity from renewable energy sources.

For Fully Circular Resources

We strongly believe in a circular economy. Our use of resources and the production of waste have gone beyond our planet’s boundaries in the past decades. It is essential now to minimize, slow down, reduce and close the material cycles where possible.
As one key topic is currently plastic, we are working hard to find innovative solutions to avoid, reduce, reuse, or recycle our plastic packaging materials.
Our commitment in this area is our plastic pledge that aims to achieve 100% of our packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable and strives to reach a share of 25% recycled material in our plastic packaging in Europe by 2025.
However, we not only focus on packaging in this focus area, we also work on the circularity of our ingredients and formulations.

For Sustainable Land Use

As we are, for our product formulas, relying on resources that come from nature, we have defined “Sustainable Land Use” as a focus area in our sustainability agenda. It is of highest importance to us to guarantee a harmless sourcing of our ingredients and packaging materials on the environment, and we encourage the responsible use of natural resources. As an example we are now working on a “sustainable palm road map” in order to achieve a deforestation-free cultivation palm (kernel) oil, together with our support to a sustainable shea supply chain.

For Regenerative Water Environments

Water is a vital resource – for us as humans and all other species on earth – and its quality and availability are threatened by various aspects. And as water plays a central role also in our production processes, in our product formulas and when consumers use our products, this is an important focus area of our new sustainability agenda and an opportunity of impact for us.