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Program Overview

The North American edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit comprises a 2-day conference followed by an interactive workshop...

 

Thursday 14th May: Day One

Session One: Sustainability Update

Session Two: Advances in Sustainable Ingredients
 

Friday 15th May: Day Two

Session Three: Marketing Developments

Session Four: CEO Roundtable

Session Five: Social and Customer Impacts
 

Saturday 16th May: Day Three

Workshop: Preservatives for Green Personal Care Products

 

Detailed Program

Thursday 14th May: Day One

Session One: Sustainability Update

Sustainability has many facets. In the cosmetics industry, it impacts raw materials, formulations, production processes to distribution and marketing of finished products. The opening session highlights some of the ways leading operators are approaching sustainability. How are large cosmetic firms prioritizing environmental and social issues? With a growing number of companies investing in waste reduction / management, what are the difficulties in setting up zero-waste systems? How are sustainability developments in retail influencing production and marketing of cosmetic products? What innovations are occurring in green packaging?

To set the scene for subsequent discussions, the session will adjourn with a panel discussion on the sustainability value of cosmetics. Although brands have traditionally focused on environmental aspects, is the future in social / other aspects of sustainability? How important is product safety in the sustainability discussion?

 

Session Two: Advances in Sustainable Ingredients

Some of the major sustainability developments in the cosmetics industry have involved raw materials. Many cosmetic and ingredient firms have switched to green materials because of safety and / or ethical considerations.

This session covers major developments in sustainable ingredients, focusing on replacements to contentious materials, such as SLS / SLES, microplastic beads and squalene. Details are given on the growing range of green surfactants, emulsifiers, and related materials. An update is also given on palm oil, widely used in cosmetic and personal care formulations. What developments are happening in the sustainable sourcing of this ubiquitous oil? Other papers look at green materials for hair care products, and the use of sustainable extraction techniques for novel ingredients.

At the end of the session, featured speakers will debate the innovative value of sustainable materials. Does the use of green ingredients mainly reduce the environmental impact of cosmetic products, or can they actually create product innovations?

 

Friday 15th May: Day Two

Session Three: Marketing Developments

Many personal care brands are focusing on marketing to differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace. Some are highlighting their ethical credentials in marketing communications, whilst others are investing in distribution. This session gives an update on marketing developments concerning green brands. The opening keynote highlights the link between healthy diet, lifestyle choices and natural beauty. Other papers cover green marketing communications, openings in the spa sector, role of concept stores in sustainability, and retailing ethical cosmetics.

 

Session Four: CEO Roundtable

For the fifth consecutive year, CEOs of leading green (natural & organic) cosmetic firms will form a roundtable to debate industry challenges. What are the big sustainability issues faced by leading brands? What are the major issues on the horizon? How should green brands be engaging consumers in this digital age? Summit participants will have the opportunity to pose questions and discuss key challenges with the CEO panel.

 

Session Five: Social & Customer Impacts

The cosmetics industry appears to be preoccupied with environmental impacts, with few companies addressing their social and customer impacts. This session looks at the various ways cosmetic and ingredient firms can add social value and engage with customers. To begin, a pioneering brand shares its experiences in creating positive social value: what are the key lessons for operators looking to improve their social footprints? An update will be given on alternatives to animal-testing methods. What are the implications to American and Canadian brands in the international arena?

The first plenary session gives an update on safe cosmetics. With US regulations lagging behind Europe, what legislative developments are on the horizon? Details will be given of cosmetic chemicals with associated health and environmental risks. Although many companies are replacing synthetics with natural ingredients, another paper highlights the safety issues associated with using natural materials.

The second plenary session discusses consumer impacts. Life-cycle analysis data will be given to highlight the environmental impact of personal care products at the consumer level. Another paper shows how brands can engage with consumers for positive change: what are the practical approaches to influence sustainable purchases and responsible consumption?
 

Saturday 16th May: Day Three

Workshop: Green Preservatives for Personal Care Products

This workshop discusses the various green preservative options for personal care products. Details are given of the green materials that can be used in place of parabens and other synthetic materials, as well as new technology and packaging developments. Practical advice and guidance will be given to organizations looking at developing / using alternative green preservative systems.

 

Please contact us to get the detailed summit program.

 

Organized by:

Organic Monitor

Powered by:

Mibelle Group AAK
J. Rettenmaier
Natural Plant Products Kinetik
Dr. Straetmans

Supporting Organizations:

Quality Assurance International ICMAD
Ecocert group Cosmebio
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Media Partners:

Happi Cosmetics Design
Cosmetics Business World Press Online
Cosmetics Business World Press Online
Cosmetics Business