Brazil-based Natura &Co, owner of personal care brands Avon, Body Shop, natura, and Aesop, today announced the launch of a comprehensive sustainability plan, “Commitment to Life.” With the release of the new plan, Natura is addressing some of the world’s most pressing ESG issues, including climate change, protection of the Amazon, defence of Human Rights and ensuring equality and inclusion throughout its network. Additionally, Natura has established new targets for achieving circularity and regeneration by 2030.
Natura’s sustainability program is based on three key pillars:
- Address climate change and protect the Amazon. Natura is targeting achieving net zero GHG emissions by 2030 for its four brands, inline with science-based targets for delivering 1.5 degrees C. Natura has also pledged to adhere to the UN Convention of Biological Diversity and expanding from Natura’s 16 year payment of ABS (access and benefit sharing) to the Group by 2025 – as per UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) / Nagoya Protocol. In the Amazon, Natura will aim to contribute to the preservation of 3 million hectares by 2030, compared to 1.8 million, and to foster collective efforts to ensure zero deforestation of the Amazon by 2025.
- Defend Human Rights and be human-kind. Natura has set numerous social targets, including achieving gender balance from 35% women on board/senior team to 50% by 2025, closing the gender pay gap by 2025, working toward 30% inclusion in management of under-represented groups, and reaching a living wage or above for all by 2023. Natura has also pledged to uphold intolerance on Human Rights infringement in line with UN Guiding Principles by 2023 for its entire network, particularly for its supply chain, and within its supply chain to enforce full traceability and/or certification by 2025. Additionally, the company will push programs for critical ingredients in the coming years, specifically for palm oil, mica, alcohol, cotton, paper and soy.
- Embrace circularity and regeneration. Natura is aiming to achieve packaging circularity by 2030, ensuring 100% of its packaging materials are either reusable, recyclable, or composable. The company will increase plastic recycled content to 50% and offset the equivalent amount of packaging where recycling infrastructure does not exist, to achieve 100% responsible disposal of plastics. The company has also pledged to reach formula circularity within all four brands by 2030, reaching 95% renewable ingredients and 95% biodegradable formulas. Natura is also planning a significant investment program to further develop regenerative solutions by 2030.
Commenting on the company’s new comprehensive sustainability program, Roberto Marques, Executive Chairman of the Board and Group CEO of Natura &Co, said:
“We understand the critical moment we live in right now and the role that companies need to play to engage themselves and commit to a better, more sustainable and more inclusive society. We still need to do so much more to be the generation that restores our planet and protects its people. Aligned with our guiding principles, Natura &Co hopes to be a part of the dialogue and the solution. We’re the generation that has the knowledge and the technology to stem the rise in global temperatures, put an end to the global waste issue, and create equality for those who need it most. But we now need to move faster, we need to act and be held accountable.”
Silvia Lagnado, Natura &Co’s Sustainable Growth Officer, added:
“We are united, all four companies, in our decision to become Net Zero within 10 years, to develop regenerative solutions in pursuit of full circularity, and to take bold action towards more equality and inclusiveness in our network. We are focused on our destination and know our path will require innovation as well as collaboration over competition.”