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Program Overview

The Latin American edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit comprises four dedicated sessions over a 2-day program. To receive the detailed summit agenda, please contact us

 

Wednesday 14th September: Day One

Session One: Sustainability Developments

Session Two: Green Materials

 

Thursday 15th September: Day Two

Session Three: Marketing Update

Session Four: Social & Customer Impacts

 

Detailed Program

Wednesday 14th September: Day One

Session One: Sustainability Developments

The premier session gives an update on sustainability in the cosmetics industry. The keynote highlights the growing complexity of the sustainability challenge. How should cosmetic and ingredient firms balance environmental, social and economic objectives?

With renewed interest in reducing greenhouse gases since the recent climate change summit (COP21), details are given on how cosmetic brands can reduce their carbon emissions. Another paper discusses the growing importance of water management, especially with many parts of Brazil experiencing drought in recent years. The use of sustainable materials to lower the packaging impact of cosmetics is discussed. Another speaker looks at the use of the eco-design approach to create �closed loops� for personal care product packaging. The session adjourns with the panel debating the future role of cosmetics in a circular economy.

 

Session Two: Green Materials

Some of the major sustainability advances in the cosmetics industry have involved raw materials. Many cosmetic and ingredient firms have switched to green materials as they look to lower the environmental and / or health impacts of their products. This session covers important developments, placing emphasis on green alternatives to contentious ingredients.

With rising interest in sustainable sourcing, a case study is given of a global ingredients firm setting up such projects in the Amazon. Insights are given into the challenges when working with local communities, as well as taking the certification route. Proceeding papers discuss green alternatives to SLS / SLES, squalene, and polyethylene beads. A leading cosmetics brand shares its experiences in using novel green actives. To conclude, featured speakers will discuss the future outlook for green ingredients: will we see more materials with lower environmental / health impacts, or is the way forward with novel ingredients that have new applications?

 

Thursday 15th September: Day Two

Session Three: Marketing Update

With the Brazilian economy mired in recession, brands are focusing on marketing to strengthen sales and gain market share. This session highlights major developments in the green cosmetics arena. An update is given on the mushrooming number of ethical labels in the cosmetics industry. Apart from natural and organic, what new labels are emerging? What are the implications to Latin American brands? A pioneering European brand shares its experiences in building distribution in Latin America, whilst another brand explores the opportunities in the hair salon market. A leading supermarket gives insights into the sustainability issues faced by retailers. Another paper gives marketing communication best-practices for sustainable products.

The session ends with panelists discussing the difficulties in marketing green products during an economic recession: how can brands and retailers maintain consumer interest in sustainable products? How can you strengthen consumer appeal in a price-sensitive market?

 

Session Four: Social & Customer Impacts

One area of sustainability often ignored by the cosmetics industry is social impacts: few companies appear to be looking at creating social value and engaging with customers. This session explores recent developments, as well as the possibilities, in this area.

The opening speaker highlights the impacts of cosmetics & personal care products at the consumer level. A global update is given on safe cosmetic regulations and animal-testing methods. How does Brazil compare to other regions in these key areas? A pioneering brand shows how it is creating social value with its range of natural hair care products. Latest research on sustainable consumption is presented, followed by a case study of waste reduction. To conclude, featured speakers will discuss positive change: how can consumers be encouraged to make sustainable purchases and use products more responsibly?

 

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

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Organic Monitor

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Gold Sponsor:

Grupo Boticario

Silver Sponsors:

J. Rettenmaier
Cargill

Supporting Organizations:

IBD ABC
Harris Institute Ecocert
Cosmebio Abifina
OIA Organics Brazil
Abihpec

Media Partners:

Atualidade Cosmetica Brazil Beauty News
Atualidade Cosmetica C&T Brasil
Cosmetics Design World Press Online