Beauty and

Body Care Industry

 

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Companies at the top are the best, at the bottom the worst.

company
overall
ranking
environ-
ment
human
rights
labor
ethics &
governance
health &
safety
1

n/i

n/i

n/i

n/i

C

2 (tie)

n/i

n/i

n/i

C

C

2 (tie)

C

n/i

n/i

n/i

C

4 (tie)

C

n/i

n/i

n/i

C

4 (tie)

C

n/i

n/i

C

n/i

6

C

n/i

C

C

C

7

n/i

n/i

n/i

D

C

8

D

n/i

n/i

F

F

9

D

n/i

F

F

F

Notes: Rankings proceed from top to bottom with companies at the top as more responsible within the industry and those at the bottom as the less responsible. Letter grades go in this order: A (best),B,C,D,F(worst) with plus (+) and minus (-). "n/i" means we don't have enough information to give a letter grade for that category. The color coding is another corporate responsibility indicator, in the order Green (best), Yellow, Orange, Red (worst). Companies in the green zone are sustainable and working towards creating a greener planet (most industries will not have companioes in the green zone as there are no companies that can be considered sustainable in that industry). Companies red zone have poor environmental and social responsibility records and should be avoided if possible. 'Orange' companies are not quite as bad as 'red' and ' yellow' zone are slightly better than orange. Orange and yellow companies have a ways to go before they can be considered green.

Fast facts about the beauty and body care industry



  • Cosmetics, hair and skin care products are an integral part of our daily lives and routines. However, many of use are not aware of the serious health and safety and environmental hazards that many of these products pose.
  • Everyday products such as shampoo, deodorant and make-up contain chemicals that have been linked to cancer, birth defects and other serious health risks. Cosmetics manufacturers are allowed to use almost any chemical as an ingredient without needing government approval, including those banned in the European Union and other nations.
  • None of the leaders of this industry has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, which calls for the removal of cancer-causing ingredients from personal care products and many companies continue to use carcinogenic additives in their make-up and personal care products.
  • Moreover, hazardous waste produced by the beauty industry is often dumped in landfills and remains in the environment for long periods of time.
  • Check out Go Green to find sustainable cosmetics and learn useful tips such as how to make your own beauty care products.