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Organic Monitor summit to focus on sustainable ingredients and distribution

By Andrew McDougall , 15-Sep-2011
Last updated the 15-Sep-2011 at 12:43 GMT

Sustainable ingredients and distribution innovation will be the key themes discussed at this year’s Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, which will look at some of the sustainability initiatives in the beauty industry and look ahead at what can be done in the future.

Hosted by Organic Monitor, the conference takes place in Paris on 28-30th November, and will bring together organisations involved in sustainability in the personal care industry to debate key industry issues.

The opening session of the summit will delve into the best practices in the industry with L’Oreal kicking off by giving a large company perspective, followed by Farfalla CEO, Richard Jean-Claude, looking at the positive contribution of fair trade sourcing on social communities.

Importance of sustainably sourcing

This leads in to one of the key sessions on the second day looking at the sourcing and using of sustainable ingredients, a topic that Organic Monitor has highlighted as a focal theme of the summit.

With rising oil prices and dwindling supply, many companies are turning to plant-based feedstock for cosmetics ingredients, and the session will look at many questions around sustainable harvesting, processing and the use of these ingredients.

The session will focus on the challenges of sourcing raw materials from developing countries as well as discussing the sustainable use of plant feedstock, deriving novel actives from food crops, and major green certification schemes.

Marketing and distribution

The other focus of the summit according to the conference host is the session and workshop on marketing and distribution innovations.

This will analyse how the growth in the sustainable cosmetics market is continuing, although highlighting how market conditions have changed considerably in recent years.

The entry of large multinationals, retailer private labels and other new brands are raising competitive stakes, meaning marketing has come to the forefront, with many brands competing on communications, positioning and distribution.

For more information on the summit, and for the full program, click here

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