Sustainability Studio Seminars

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Sustainable Plastics

This will be a pre-recorded presentation.

Plastics are a useful material, often misused, which can lead to litter and pollution, which is acceptable to no one.
Geoff will lay out some of the discussions around plastics including better ways to consider and use them sustainably.


11:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Importance of Transparency in Supply Chains

The aim of this presentation is to explain why transparency of supply chains is so important in the Cosmetic industry, especially to brands such as Lush. Abi will explain exactly what transparency means to Lush from a Buying perspective, how they map their supply chains, examples of some of the challenges they face, and also the impact that a lack of transparency can have on all of those involved in a supply network.

Key Takeaways: Abi wants to inspire Raw Material producers and suppliers to embrace supply chain transparency. The importance of this topic has never wavered, however it is now becoming more and more prevalent in the cosmetics industry. Take away examples of why transparency is so important, and use them to encourage it within your own supply chains.


12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Growing the Upcycled Beauty Movement

A deep dive into the upcycled beauty movement and the importance of circularity, community and collaboration. It’s no secret that the overconsumption of the earth’s resources (along with the amount of waste produced) is having a harmful impact on our planet. The upcycled and zero-waste movement - which seeks to redesign resource lifecycles - is gaining momentum, as companies of all shapes and sizes strategize to eliminate waste across their supply chains in order to reduce environmental impact. Explore with us where the beauty & personal care industry is now and how we can implement circular economy principles for a more sustainable future.

Key Takeaways: Circular economy principles, community and collaboration for sustainable personal care. REDSIGN - RETHINK - REDUCE - REUSE - RECOVER.


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Activism & Footprinting – The Beating Heart of Climate Action

In this seminar, I will be explaining what is required to be(come) a truly sustainable cosmetic business, avoiding a tunnel vision which could be detrimental to any sustainability strategy. I will also demonstrate how activism is a powerful way to achieve tangible improvements to society and the environment: Human rights & social equality, Environmental justice, Animal Welfare.


2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Circular Beauty & B Corp – the new way to formulate

What’s the role of the formulations sector in building a world in the interests of humanity?

Organisations that lead with purpose are changing the nature of business today. Not every company is trying to solve global problems - but every business can apply the principle of ‘designing for humanity’.

B Corp certification demonstrates that a business values society and the environment - striving not only for profits, but are also committed to being a force for good in the world. This can also be a savvy business choice, helping to outpace competitors by attracting customers, investors, staff - and ultimately boosting performance and growth.

Hear how choosing a formulation that stands for these principles can expedite plans for the betterment of the world around us - and how formulators could be embracing this approach to enable radical and transformational change.


4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

People Are Our Greatest Asset; How can we ensure sustainable future generations of talent?

The chemical industry is one of the most important and diverse industries in the world and it is a vital thread that runs through society and the economy alike.

It relies on a large and complex chemical supply chain, and although the past few years have been challenging, it is resilient and continues to adjust and adapt.

Key to this resilience are the people who form a talented and well-motivated global workforce that possess a ‘can do’ attitude with the relevant skills, knowledge, and experience.

The chemical supply chain offers a huge range of career opportunities, and the Chemical Business Association (CBA) continues to lead and facilitate collaborations using the experiences of recent years as catalysts for positive change whilst building and maintaining momentum to ensure a sustainable chemical supply chain.

Tim Doggett, CEO of the CBA will provide an overview of some of the projects and initiatives underway, and how you can join the drive to ensure sustainable future generations of talent.


  • Tim Doggett Chief Executive - Chemical Business Association (CBA)
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Making Green Claims and the CTPA Tool to Assess Classification

Claims are an incredibly important part of a cosmetic product.  They are the ‘shop window’ and the initial engagement with the consumer.  Cosmetic claims are covered by law, not only requirements in the UK Cosmetics Regulation but, as with all advertising, cosmetic claims must be legal, decent, honest and truthful and must not mislead the consumer.  Another important legal requirement is that any claim made by a cosmetic product must be substantiated with robust evidence.  In this presentation Emma will introduce CTPA’s Tool for Claim Substantiation.  Emma will also focus on green claims, especially given the ongoing review by the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) on such claims.


11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Should Beauty Think Beyond Sustainable?

There are excellent examples of beauty brands, manufacturers and suppliers striving to be sustainable, but to what extent can our industry go beyond ‘do no harm’ and attempt to leave the world a better place? And what can we learn from other industries doing this successfully?


  • Julia Wray Editor - Cosmetics Business at HPCi Media