Creating the Future
of Beauty Together

We see beauty everywhere. We have for
generations. And we want to preserve that
beauty for generations to come.

Inspired by our founder, Mrs. Estée Lauder,
we are passionate about representing
and serving women around the world,
wherever and whomever they may be.
That means a commitment to developing
products that are of the highest quality
and performance, while also being
responsible, trustworthy, and giving
back to our community.

The health and safety of our global Estée Lauder community is paramount. Our exceedingly high standards drive us to review and reassess all of the products  we put out into the world—from the ingredients we will and will not formulate with to the packaging that earns its place in your beauty routine. Since 1946, we’ve been a leader in product development that is rooted in the best beauty performance and conscientious chemistry. We measure our success not only by our own leading safety standards, but by ensuring we meet or exceed the ever-evolving requirements of governmental, regulatory and scientific bodies worldwide, in addition to our customers’ evolving preferences.

Our mission will always be to bring the best to everyone we touch and to support the environment in which we live. As the namesake brand of The Estée Lauder Companies, here is what we are doing today and tomorrow for a more sustainable future.


Ingredient Transparency

We list all of our products’ ingredients on their  respective product pages on esteelauder.co.uk, and, where applicable, any ingredients our products are “free from.” Additionally, we now have an Ingredient Glossary with key high-performance ingredients and their skin benefits in order to further educate you about our products.


Sustainable Packaging

By 2025, 75-100% of our packaging will meet at least one of the “5 Rs”: recyclable, refillable, reusable, recycled or recoverable. In achieving this goal, we will increase the amount of post-consumer recycled material in our packaging by up to 50%. We are also eliminating extraneous cartons and paper around and within our products wherever possible. Our ambition is to have 100% of our forest-based fiber cartons FSC-certified by 2025.

In addition, all online orders are now delivered in packaging that is eco-friendly and zero-waste. To reduce our packaging, we now use shrink wrap which is 100% recyclable―and Where we can’t use shrink wrap, we use biodegradable cushioning chips. The starch cushioning chips in our tertiary packaging are 100% biodegradable and dissolvable in water at home, meaning they are zero waste. Finally, the outer boxes are made of at least 70% recycled materials. 100% of our boxes can be recycled.


Responsible Sourcing

We source ingredients and materials from around the world to create our products, and we collaborate with a wide and diverse network of suppliers. As such, we work diligently to source ingredients responsibly and with attention to potential impacts on people and environment. In doing so, we aim to continuously improve and strengthen our sourcing practices while remaining sensitive to the local communities in which we operate. Our policies and programs embody our deeply held values and longstanding heritage of responsibility.


Energy & Emissions

In 2020, the Estée Lauder Companies achieved NetZero  carbon emissions and sourced 100% renewable electricity globally for direct business operations. Our company has also met its goal to set science-based emissions reduction targets for Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions , positioning us to take even more decisive action against climate change. Additionally, The Estée Lauder Companies installed a 4,224-panel solar array at our Long Island, New York manufacturing and R&D facilities, and executed a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement for 22 megawatts of wind power from a wind farm in Oklahoma, which will cover more than half of the company’s global electricity footprint with renewable energy technologies.


Citizenship

We strive to meet the needs of women of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds, and we have several ongoing programs and grants focused on the pillars of health and education that impact the wellbeing of millions of individuals around the world. As part of The Estée Lauder Companies, our parent company’s commitment to the Breast Cancer Campaign has raised more than $89 million to support global research, education, and medical services. The Estée Lauder Brand is also passionate about supporting women at the intersection of beauty and technology. Through a partnership with our global spokesmodel and Brand Ambassador Karlie Kloss and her nonprofit organization Kode With Klossy, we sponsor their annual coding camps and have provided internship opportunities for alumni.

In 2020, the Estée Lauder Brand began a partnership with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and we are and will continue to advocate and make changes to our internal culture, provide professional development opportunities to our Black employees, and establish a more representative workforce.

1The NetZero carbon emissions commitment covers ELC direct business operations (Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions).
2For science-based target goals, the base year is fiscal 2018 and completion year is fiscal 2030.

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