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SOZIO HAS RECEIVED THE GOLD RATING OF THE ECOVADIS CERTIFICATION


Ecovadis gold rating

Thanks to its daily commitment and its efforts in terms of Social Responsibility, Sozio has been awarded with the gold medal of the Ecovadis certification and joins the top 5% of rated companies.

This certification rewards the CSR standard implemented by Sozio several years ago. Concerned about its social and environmental impact, Sozio has developed a CLEAN FRAGRANCE label in order to create safer scents for humans and for the environment with a commitment towards transparency in its formulation. With the launch of its natural raw material division, BOTANICALS, Sozio pledges for a better and more responsible sourcing, ensuring traceability and premium quality.

Being more sustainable and guaranteeing the ethical sourcing of its natural raw materials are some of the main goals Sozio has set in its CSR strategy.


THE NEW EU ECOLABEL CRITERIA FOR COSMETICS AND PET CARE PRODUCTS HAVE BEEN RELEASED!


In October 2021, the European Commission adopted a revised set of EU Ecolabel criteria for Cosmetic products, and an all-new criteria for Pet Care products. 

 

Background…

Many environmental claims are difficult to understand or are confusing for the consumer. Green self-claims have increased in the cosmetics business, and many have no scientific evidence to back them up. To address this concerning trend, the EU extended the Ecolabel scheme to all cosmetics in October 2021, using a more robust set of criteria thoroughly checked by NGOs.

The EU Ecolabel is a reliable, third party verified, label of environmental excellence, which takes into consideration the environmental impact of a product throughout its entire life-cycle. This begins at the phase of individual raw material (ingredient) extraction and continues throughout the service life of the consumer product including that of its final disposal.

While the current requirements only apply to rinse-off cosmetics like body wash or shampoo, the revised EU Ecolabel criteria for cosmetics is designed to cover a far wider scope. The updated rules will cover ALL cosmetic products as defined under the Cosmetic Product Regulation, including leave-on applications such as body lotion, hand cream, make-up, deodorant, and sunscreen. Additionally, manufacturers of pet care products now have the opportunity to apply for the label through a separate product group which has been set up for this purpose.

 

Want to learn more about the revised criteria? 

The EU Ecolabel is awarded to sustainably designed products, encouraging innovation, and contributing to the EU goal of climate neutrality by 2050 and to a clean and circular economy with a zero-pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment.

Ambitious criteria, focusing on the main environmental impacts throughout the life cycle of the products, ensure that EU Ecolabel cosmetics and pet care products are of good quality and are up there with the best on the market in terms of environmental performance.

The criteria for cosmetics include but are not limited to: 

  • Ban/prohibition of substances that are carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic to reproduction (CMR’s), substances of very high concern (SVHC’s), nanomaterials, substances identified or suspected of having endocrine disrupting properties, microplastics, phthalates and perfluorinated or polyfluorinated substances.
  • Stringent restrictions on substances that are hazardous to the environment, or are skin sensitizing, as well as restrictions on fragrances, preservatives, colorants, and UV filters.
  • No fragrance in children’s products, or for products marketed as “mild/sensitive”.
  • Only permits the use of sustainably sourced palm oil, palm kernel oil and their derivatives
  • Only permits the use of biodegradable surfactants

For the full list of requirements, please refer to the official EU Ecolabel criteria for cosmetics and pet-care products.

 

New EU Ecolabel to overcome cosmetics greenwashing? 

According to the latest research of the European Commission, 42% of green claims are potentially false or deceptive in sectors such as cosmetics, textiles, and household equipment. Additionally, more than half of the green trademarks analyses provide insufficient information or offer no actual evidence to support their green claim.

EU figures show that although most consumers are receptive to green claims when making their purchase decisions, most of them find it difficult to understand which products are truly environmentally friendly. Furthermore, a large number of European consumers say they do not trust this type of information.

Third-party verified schemes seem to be the only way forward to tackle this wave of cosmetics greenwashing.

 

Relations between EU Ecolabel and Nordic Swan. Is a future coordination possible? 

In addition to the EU Ecolabel, a number of other labelling, certification and information management systems are widespread in the Nordic European countries, like the Nordic Swan label. The Swan maintains a strong market position where it is well known and respected in all Nordic countries, and although awareness and knowledge of EU Ecolabel is increasing, it lags behind that of the Swan. In addition, the Swan has produced a larger number of criteria and issued significantly more licenses.

Despite the larger potential market and the lower price of the EU Ecolabel, there is a greater demand for the Swan in the Nordic market. Both systems operate side by side and make use of common resources, and it is likely that the Swan and the EU Ecolabel will be able to co-exist for the time being without radical changes. Increased coordination of the schemes has been supported by efforts to harmonize criteria documents in a case-by-case approach, and there are also joint marketing efforts between the systems, particularly in the case of Denmark. In the other Nordic countries, the EU Ecolabel is less visible through public information and marketing of the ecolabelling bodies. Interviews with companies indicate that there is a demand for both labels, and there are two ways of reasoning among producers – some appreciate and use the Swan on Nordic markets due to its market recognition and strong reputation, whereas others wish to have a label that is valid for larger markets. In a third category, there are producers who choose to use the EU Ecolabel in combination with the Swan, or as a stand-alone label for use solely in the Nordic countries. 

The valid questions are, what is the purpose of harmonization and for whom? Should harmonization take place focusing on product groups (harmonizing the product group definitions), criteria (use of existing criteria or creation of core/baseline criteria)? The consequences and results of the different possibilities for harmonization need further exploration.

 

Sozio’s commitment and ability to offer fragrances compliant with the EU Ecolabel 

At Sozio, we promote the use of renewable raw materials that are sustainably sourced or derived from green chemistry. We are also working on solutions that support the development of the circular economy by offering a large choice of fragrances compliant with current labels like EU Ecolabel, GreenSeal, Safer Choice, and through our pioneering efforts in the development of our own CLEAN fragrance label and our innovative Biodegradability tool.

 

Follow up

If you need any further information about the EU Ecolabel, please reach out to us via email: regulatory@jesozio.com or through your designated Sales Representative.

 

 


SOZIO TEAM WISHES YOU ALL THE BEST FOR 2022


Frédéric Braud, General Manager, gives us his very positive outcome of 2021.

We are very pleased with our 2021 achievements with an organic growth of +12 % and +42% with our latest acquisitions leading to 70 ms euros sales worldwide.

All geographical areas have encountered a substantial growth, the US market of course with a recovery of the Personal Care market and the still growing candle segment , the Middle East division with our new Creation laboratory in Dubai and the Asian market where our factories in Hong Kong and Indonesia are extremely busy.

In Europe the trends on the Naturals and Clean Perfumery have been a real advantage to Sozio well implemented in this area with a continuous growth, especially in France and Italy with our Clean Program and the launch of our Botanicals range.

We are very satisfied with our latest acquisitions, Phoenix fragrances UK which allows us to penetrate the UK market and Synarome which opens the segment of the specialties and raw materials for the fragrance industry.

I would like to thank deeply all Sozio employees who have done an incredible job for these last two year as well as our customers and partners for their continuous trust.

We are starting this new year 2022 with a great confidence due to our ambitious programs of technical innovations, digitalization and social responsibility.

Happy new year to all !