Weleda wins international Sustainability Beauty Award
The judging panel recognised Weleda’s continuing contribution to sustainability leadership and commended Weleda for its “value-creation business model”, referring to the fact that the Weleda business model is based on creating economic value in a way that also creates value for society, by addressing its needs and challenges. Weleda was founded as a business based on the principles of ecological, social and economic responsibility. Sustainability is therefore at the very heart of the business.
“This latest award is especially important to us because of our unique roots,” commented Andreas Sommer, Chief Commercial Officer of the Weleda Group. “Economic, social and environmental responsibility have been at the heart of our business since 1921, and we are constantly looking for new ways to improve what we do. To have our efforts recognised in this way has been tremendously rewarding.”
Back at the end of September, Organic Monitor had received an overwhelming response to the first-ever awards dedicated to sustainability in the beauty industry, with over 100 entries from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and Africa.
In total, there were 5 award categories, representing different aspects of sustainability (Green Formulations, Sustainable Packaging, Sustainable Ingredient, Sustainability Pioneer and Sustainability Leadership). Making a shortlist of three finalists for each award category proved difficult for Organic Monitor because of the high calibre of entries received.
The award ceremony took place in Paris on 21 October at the same time as the European Sustainable Cosmetics Summit. The awards reception brought together over 160 executives from the global beauty industry to recognise achievements in sustainability.
The aim of these inaugural Sustainable Beauty Awards is to give recognition to cosmetic and related firms who push the boundaries of sustainability in the beauty industry. Reflecting the diverse nature of sustainability, the winners comprised dedicated natural & organic cosmetic firms such as Weleda, as well as multinationals involved in finished products and ingredients.
Speaking at the awards reception in Paris, Amarjit Sahota (founder and president of Organic Monitor) explained: “As well as giving industry recognition, we hope the awards will inspire others in the beauty industry to take the green road.”