In an effort to accelerate improvement on ethical social and environmental performance throughout the beauty supply chain, Clarins, Coty, Groupe Rocher, L’Oréal and EcoVadis have launched the Responsible Beauty Initiative (RBI). The initiative brings together the global beauty industry in a collaborative effort to strengthen sustainable practices, improve environmental footprint and social impacts and maximize shared value across its collective supply chain.

The signatories are committed to establishing a common industry-wide sustainable performance concept, sharing best practices and processes, and driving common tools to create efficiency and benefits for suppliers.

The Responsible Beauty Initiative is built on a Corporate Social Responsibility rating platform operated by EcoVadis and functions as a common foundation for supplier assessment and interaction. The platform allows for the engagement of suppliers via an independent expert and offers easy-to-use ratings and benchmarks of suppliers’ CSR performance and practices across four themes — environment, social, ethics and supply chain. The ratings are based on a robust methodology that analyzes documents and multi-stakeholder inputs, as well as international standards such as the Global Reporting Index (GRI), ISO 26000 and the Global Compact principles.

The Responsible Beauty Initiative will be dedicated to finding unique opportunities and identifying the challenges of the global beauty industry supply chain to drive continued improvement in sustainability practices. The founding members signed the letter of commitment and invite other players in the industry (companies and suppliers) to join the RBI.