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Marie Claire award for Weleda

Weleda wins new Marie Claire Sustainability Award for Best Supply Chain
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod

Top women’s magazine Marie Claire has announced winners of its first ever UK Sustainability Awards.

Weleda was recognised for its century-long commitment to sustainability with the Best Supply Chain Initiative Award.
‘Weleda has never made any bones about being committed to change’, the magazine explained. ‘One of just two leading beauty brands globally (and the first in Europe) to obtain the new Union for Ethical BioTrade certification for sourcing with respect, the brand’s supply chain was scrutinised for how it sources its raw ingredients, as well as how it compensates workers at all levels of the production process.’
Speaking of the judges’ decision to award Weleda Best Supply Chain Initiative, sustainability adviser Christina Archer said: ‘A long-term leader and innovator in the beauty industry, Weleda are always looking ahead and diving deeper and deeper into examining and understanding the sustainability issues of their supply chain. They partner with well-known experts to address these, and are always sharing their decades of experience with the industry to push the whole sector (including consumers) to be more sustainable.’

Sourcing with respect

Weleda is one of just two beauty brands worldwide to have achieved UEBT certification for its entire cosmetics supply chain.

The Union for Ethical Bio Trade is a non-profit organisation that provides a globally recognised standard for sustainable sourcing and the use of raw materials.

In order for a brand to be certified, the UEBT looks at the full sourcing system to verify that biodiversity is conserved, ingredients are sourced sustainably, and that all partners along the supply chain are treated equitably and paid fairly.

‘Our UEBT certification is not a one-off initiative, this is a long-term commitment. Sustainability is and always has been at the heart of our business – nature, planet and people were the inspiration behind the company’s foundation in 1921.

‘Weleda has demonstrated a century-long commitment to sustainable business practices, social responsibility and conservation of biodiversity. We would not be Weleda without sustainability at the core of our business: it is written into the very Articles of Association: ‘The Company shall have a material positive impact on society and the environment, taken as a whole through its business and operations’.

‘It is wonderful to have our work with our supply chains recognised in this prestigious new award and to see a leading magazine like Marie Claire highlighting this aspect of the beauty industry’

Managing director of Weleda UK

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