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Program Overview

The Latin American edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit comprises four dedicated sessions and two workshops over a 3-day program. To receive the detailed summit agenda, please contact us


Monday 25th June: Day One

Session One: Sustainability Update

Session Two: Advances in Natural Ingredients


Tuesday 26th June: Day Two

Session Three: Marketing Best-Practices

Session Four: Sustainable Packaging


Wednesday 27th June: Day Three

Workshop I: Openings in Global Market for Natural & Organic Cosmetics

Workshop II: Cosmetic Packaging for Sustainability


Detailed Program

Monday 25th June: Day One

Session One: Sustainability Update

Sustainability is rising on the corporate agenda, with many cosmetic and ingredient firms making green commitments. However, it is not always clear what environmental and societal issues to tackle and what to prioritize. The opening session gives an update on sustainability, showing how operators are tackling such challenges.

Following the keynote, an introduction is given to sustainability in the context of the summit agenda. Common approaches to measure impacts of cosmetic products will be discussed, followed by the role of biomimicry in creating innovative products. With waste becoming a major concern, a leading cosmetics brand gives insights into how it is undertaking waste management. The session closes with featured speakers discussing practical approaches to raise the green agenda: what more can be done to encourage companies to take the road less traveled?


Session Two: Advances in Natural Ingredients

This session gives an update on the growing palette of natural raw materials for cosmetic & personal care applications. With growing concerns about origins and authenticity of agricultural-based ingredients, details are given of traceability schemes. The safety of natural ingredients is discussed, followed by details of new technologies to extract natural actives. Other papers cover anti-pollution skincare, sustainable sourcing, and innovating with natural ingredients.

To close, featured speakers will discuss impacts: although natural ingredients are now established, are they always better for the environment and human health? What are the sustainability issues when using such materials in cosmetic formulations?


Tuesday 26th June: Day Two

Session Three: Marketing Best-Practices

Some argue that effective marketing can make the difference between success and failure in the cosmetic industry, especially for new products launches. This session covers marketing developments in the sustainable cosmetics arena, highlighting industry best-practices.

With growing interest in a vegan lifestyle, details are given of cosmetic products that meet such consumerís ethical needs. A case study is given of a pioneering organic brand, whilst the latest research on the organic consumer in Brazil will be presented. Insights are given into how to market to the millennial consumers, described as the most avid buyers of ethical products. The use of digital marketing to transmit green values is discussed, followed by a panel discussion on marketing challenges. How can brands be more effective in getting the green message across to consumers?


Session Four: Sustainable Packaging

Packaging waste is now recognized as a major ecological hazard, linked to marine pollution and environmental degradation. This session explores the various ways cosmetic and personal care companies can reduce their packaging impacts. The role of eco-design approach and sustainable materials in lowering packaging footprints is explored, whilst another paper shows how brands can close their packaging loops. Success stories are given of brands taking pioneering packaging initiatives.

The session closes with the panel discussing the role of packaging in a circular economy: how can packaging waste be re-used or find a new life in new applications so there is no pollution?


Wednesday 27th June: Day Three

Workshop I: Global Market for Natural & Organic Cosmetics

The global market for natural & organic cosmetics continues to expand, with sales surpassing USD 10 billion in 2017. The largest markets are in North America and Europe, with Latin America slow to ride the green wave.

This workshop gives a detailed account of the global market for natural & organic cosmetics, highlighting trends and developments in the major geographic regions. The role of certification, standards and green labels is outlined. Ingredient, product and distribution trends are covered, as well as competitive developments and consumer insights. Case studies will be given of companies who are successfully riding the green wave. Future growth projections are given, as well as business openings for new entrants and existing participants.


Workshop II: Cosmetic Packaging for Sustainability

Following on the final session of the conference, this workshop is a practical guide for cosmetic companies looking to making their packaging more sustainable. Details will be given on the life-cycle of product packaging, highlighting the differences between packaging materials. The use of design approach to influence packaging footprints will be discussed. End-of-life considerations for product packaging will be explored, including examples of new products that have lower packaging footprints.

The workshop leader will give practical advice and guidance to brands looking at reducing the packaging impact of their products.


++ Note, the summit will be in English and Portuguese with simultaneous translation ++

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IBD Ecocert
Abifina Harris Institute
OIA Organics Brazil

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C&T Brasil Cosmetics Design
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