First cosmetic ingredients supplier to fulfil Nagoya Protocol on sustainability

By Lucy Whitehouse contact

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First cosmetic ingredients supplier to fulfil Nagoya Protocol on sustainability
Provital Group, a cosmetics ingredients player, has become the ‘first in the industry’ to achieve compliance with the requirements of the Nagoya Protocol for a specific R&D project.

According to the company, the protocol has the aim of “implementing the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources, thereby contributing to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity​.”

The official certificate to confirm that a company fulfills Nagoya Protocol requirements is the Internationally Recognized Certificate of Compliance (IRCC) at Access and Benefit-Sharing

Clearing-House (ABSCH), which Provital Group has now been awarded.

Specific project: Mexico

The R&D project that has gained the certificate will evaluate the cosmetic application of

traditional plants from México, says the group, and will guarantee a fair supply-chain for those plants found to have cosmetic activity.

The project is due to be done in collaboration with different communities of farmers of the State of Querétaro and with the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, in México.

This is a major achievement recognizing the best practices applied by Provital in terms of respect for biodiversity and sustainability and the accomplishment of the rules on Access and Benefit Sharing as established in the Nagoya Protocol,​” states the company.

It has been possible thanks to the great cooperation with the Mexican authorities of SEMARNAT​.” The certificate of compliance awarded to Provital can be viewed here​.

Sustainability spotlight

Sustainability continues to be a lead issue on the beauty industry agenda.

Andrew Jenkins, Sustainability Transformation & Innovation Manager of Boots UK, recently explained to Cosmetics Design​ why the brand and retailer, as one key example, is taking a keen interest in meeting rising consumer demand for sustainability.

Consumers now are far more engaged in the major issues facing society and consumers increasingly feel that they have to make choices themselves about how products meet their values and the lifestyle they want to lead,​” he explained.

As personal care products tend to be an intimate purchase, issues such as knowing what materials are in products, how and where they are produced, how they affect the body and what happens to waste tend to assume greater importance.”

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