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Douglas commits to 80% vegan own brands and 100% recyclable packaging by 2030


Digital-first beauty brand Douglas has committed to 80% of its own brands being vegan and 100% of packaging being recyclable, recycled or reusable by 2030, as part of its updated sustainability strategy.

The retailer has already made progress in this regard, with 94% of all product launches from its own brands were vegan in 2022/23. Additionally, almost 30% of product launches from its own brands contained at least 90% ingredients of natural origin.

Its latest ESG report also highlighted that Douglas is committed to reducing its environmental footprint – from reducing energy consumption in stores and offices to minimising waste and CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain. The company has also set itself the goal of reducing its CO2 footprint in the so-called scopes 1 and 2 by 50% by 2025 compared to the base financial year 2018/19. In the 2022/23 financial year, the corresponding emissions have already been reduced by 32% compared to the base financial year 2018/19.

For further reduction targets, Douglas intends to align its climate targets with the Science Based Targets (SBTs), which then also include a target for reducing Scope 3 emissions. The company has also signed the UN Global Compact. This is a United Nations pact that motivates companies worldwide to pursue sustainable and socially responsible policies.

“We want to lead the way in terms of sustainability in the industry. We have already made good progress along this path, for example in reducing our combined Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions in recent years. We remain committed to our ambitious goals to further reduce our carbon footprint and promote sustainability,” said Sander van der Laan, CEO Douglas group and chairman of the ESG Committee.

Learn more about Douglas in a dedicated company spotlight in the RetailX Beauty & Cosmetics sector report 2023. Discover how Douglas became an international success story selling a wide mix of health and beauty items across cosmetics, skincare, haircare and perfume in multiple countries in Europe.

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