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.

Wind Power Plants

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 directly or indirectly come from nature, we have defined sustainable land use as a focus area to practice sustainability. For us, it is highly important to ensure that through our sourcing of ingredients we do not harm the environment and our planet.
Since 2011 we have engaged ourselves in the sustainable and deforestation-free cultivation of palm (kernel) oil, a central raw material for the cosmetics and body care sector. And we have progressed quite well with our “sustainable palm roadmap” as we purchased in 2019 about 90% of our palm (kernel) oil based raw-materials sustainably certified.
We also partner with the Global Shea Alliance and support a sustainable shea supply chain. Shea butter is also an important raw material used in our body care products.

Palm Plantation

For Regenerative Water Environments

Water is a vital resource – for us as humans and all other species on earth – and its quality and availability is threatened by various aspects today. And as water plays a central role also in our production processes, in our product formulas and also when consumers use our products, this is an important focus area and opportunity of impact for us.
We implemented for example water-reduction measures at our production sites and comprehensive wastewater treatment systems. But also beyond these obvious water management aspects, we engage our work on finding new ways to reduce the water in our formulas and during the product-use-phase in consumers’ bathrooms. With a more wide-ranging view, we also want to engage in the protection of marine habitats and the support of the provision of clean water.