Special Report: Beauty Faces Up to Sustainability

21 Oct 2016

Quantis is excited to officially release our special report, “Beauty Faces Up to Sustainability”. In this report, we take a look at the top trends and challenges companies are facing today in the beauty industry to become an agent of change in sustainability.

With sales of beauty products expected to rise 6% to $675bn by 2020, cosmetics and personal care companies must prepare to transition to the new global economy. Creating resilient, sustainable business models - based on relevant metrics - is key to ensuring your business survives in a resource constrained world.

Our goal for the report was to draw upon our expertise in this sector to deliver examples of trends, actions and best practices to be used as a guide for the next step in your sustainability strategy. In the report, Quantis takes a look at the top environmental sustainability issues impacting global cosmetics and personal care companies:

Environmental Footprinting
Material Issues and Brand Risk
Packaging - Product Labelling - Toxicity
Water Risks - Sustainable Procurement
Science-based Targets
Designing for the Circular Economy
Valuing Natural Capital

Please download your copy of this special report here.

For more information about the report or to learn how Quantis helps brands in the cosmetic and personal care industry to perform sustainability, please contact Annabelle Stamm.


Industry leaders join forces to launch Guidance on deforestation and land-use change

18 Oct 2016

What happens when you unite General Mills, LVMH, Mars, Rainforest Alliance and TSC and more with the experts at Quantis? You drive sustainable change.

Quantis and partners are excited to announce a new cross-sector initiative to tackle deforestation and climate change accounts. Organizations, both public and private, will join together to develop a Guidance on accounting for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from deforestation and other types of land use. This pre-competitive global initiative, convened by Quantis, aims to provide a methodological guide with credible references that companies can use to account for the climate change impacts of their efforts on sustainable forests and agriculture in an accurate and credible manner. 

The initiatives partners already include Barry Callebaut, Ferrero, General Mills, Lenzing, L’Oreal, LVMH, Mars, Pirelli, Philip Morris International, Tetra Pak, and Yara as well as non-profits, governments, and academic institutions such as ADEME, C-AGG, CIRAD, Ecofys, Rainforest Alliance, South Pole Group, Textile Exchange, and The Sustainability Consortium.

Quantis’ Jon Dettling, Managing Director in the US and project lead, explains:

“Companies understand the need to reduce the impacts of their supply chains and are increasingly interested in communicating about their efforts. Credible metrics are critical for achieving both. A GHG accounting method that is conducive to corporate goal setting and supply chain management will allow companies to achieve progress and to communicate credibly on these efforts.”

The scientific community estimates that deforestation and impacts from land use account for over 20% of GHG emissions. With pressure to set science-based GHG targets as well as to establish deforestation-free supply chains, organizations realize the urgent need for guidance on how to include GHG emissions from deforestation in corporate GHG goals.

“Mars is excited to be part of this initiative - we believe better and more consistent quantification of GHG emissions from deforestation will help accelerate global efforts to reduce both deforestation and GHG emissions,“ says Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Sustainability Director, Mars, Incorporated. 

Read more about the Guidance initiative’s objectives and partners or contact Jon Dettling to discuss your involvement.


HUGO BOSS and Quantis publish a White Paper on how metrics drives sustainability efforts

18 Oct 2016

HUGO BOSS and Quantis work closely to measure the environmental impacts of the global fashion brands’ operations. This work has been put into a white paper that explains our collaborative work on the procedure and results of measuring these environmental impacts.

In order to measure the impact of its products on the environment, HUGO BOSS has been conducting Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) for a range of product categories – such as t-shirts, shirts and leather shoes - since 2009 . When applying LCAs as a basis for the calculation of environmental footprints, HUGO BOSS faced the same challenges as other companies in the apparel sector: The lack of data availability.

For this reason, HUGO BOSS, Quantis as well as other partners started to develop the online tool EcoLogTex, which allows the collection of supplier-specific production data and led to the systematization of LCAs. This allowed the measurement and management of the environmental Impacts of e.g. a cotton t-shirt along the lifecycle. 

Extract of the White Paper: Environmental Impact of a cotton t-shirt and its supply chain

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To learn more, read the full article on the research conducted by HUGO BOSS and Quantis.

The lack of data in the apparel industry and the will to overcome it also led to the foundation of the World Apparel and Footwear LCA Database (WALDB) by Quantis and founding partner HUGO BOSS amongst others. WALDB is a global initiative to provide a solid database for environmental impact assessment and footprinting in the fashion industry. For more information on WALDB,please see the recent press release.


SAC and Lenzing join WALDB - The World Apparel & Footwear Lifecycle Assessment Database

7 Oct 2016

Quantis is pleased to announce that World Apparel & Footwear Lifecycle Assessment Database (WALDB) has gained two new partners: the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and Austrian fiber company Lenzing. WALDB, founded by Quantis, is a global initiative to provide a solid database for environmental impact assessment and footprinting in the fashion industry.

SAC and Lenzing join founding partners HUGO BOSS, Legero/Think! Shoes, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and BSD Consulting which form a pre-competitive consortium with the goal to set an industry wide and recognized standard for lifecycle assessment (LCA) and footprinting in the apparel industry.

The WALDB partners work together to collect comprehensive datasets which are released annually. The first release took place in July 2016 and consists of 60 datasets which cover wool, cotton, and leather supply chains for shirts, pullover, trousers and shoes. The datasets will continuously be expanded during the next two years according to the needs of the partners.               

For more details, please read the press release.If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the WALDB project lead Rainer Zah. 


Archived news

Report released on top sustainability issues and challenges in the cosmetics and personal care industry

Boston, USA - October 21st, 2016

Valuable insight on environmental and sustainability priorities that looks at how beauty companies are deploying initiatives to drive change in a resource-constrained world

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WFLDB: Agri-food sustainability industry initiative expands its scope to help organizations address environmental impact challenges

Dublin, Ireland - October 19th, 2016

The pre-competitive World Food LCA Database consortium project will enter into Phase Two to enhance data and facilitate capacity building

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Global organizations unite in new cross-sector initiative to tackle deforestation and climate change accounting

Boston, USA - October 18th, 2016

Companies and non-profits will work together in a pre-competitive initiative to develop a guidance connecting corporate efforts on climate, forests and agriculture

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SAC and Lenzing join The World Apparel & Footwear Lifecycle Assessment Database initiative to build a more sustainable fashion industry

Zürich, Switzerland - October 3rd, 2016

Two key players in the apparel industry become partners of the database project to improve the environmental impact measurements in the apparel and footwear industry

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ALCIG: first web tool to automatically generate detailed LCA for crops

Lausanne, Switzerland - February 15th, 2016

Calculation and integration of direct emissions is a challenge in Food Industry. This new tool dedicated for crops will facilitate performing LCA.

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New report reveals that the majority of Swiss publicly traded companies report on Scope 3 indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Zürich, Switzerland - December 1st, 2015

The study “Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Switzerland” delivers insights and recommendations to the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment to improve indirect GHG emission measurement and reporting

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The World Apparel & Footwear Life Cycle Assessment Database launches to deliver credible environmental impact data for the fashion industry

Zürich, Switzerland - November 3rd, 2015

Top industry organizations join forces to launch a database to enable brands to improve their environmental impact measurements, reporting and communication

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World's best performing companies on water security revealed by CDP

Paris, France - October 22nd, 2015

Asahi Group Holdings, Colgate Palmolive, Ford Motor Company and Toyota Motor Corporation are among the global corporations achieving an A rating for their efforts to improve water security. This is according to the first global ranking of corporate water stewardship revealed today by global non-profit group CDP.

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The World Food LCA Database to facilitate robust environmental assessments and communications

Paris, France - August 31st, 2015

The World Food LCA Database, an international and multi-stakeholder project lead by Agroscope and Quantis, has delivered 900 accurate and transparent food datasets for improved Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and environmental communications.

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Groupe AGECO acquires Quantis Canada

Lausanne, Switzerland and Québec, Canada - March 31st, 2015

Quantis Canada, an independent company operating under the Quantis name, has been purchased by our partners Groupe AGECO

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Quantis promotes Arnaud Dauriat to the position of Managing Director Lausanne replacing Yves Loerincik

Lausanne, Switzerland - March 20th, 2015

Arnaud Dauriat takes the reins from Yves Loerincik as he transitions from the Managing Director role to focus on two key business units with Quantis

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Quantis France becomes CDP Water Partner

Paris, France - February 25th, 2015

Quantis will deliver water expertise to help companies respond to CDP while identifying water-related risks and opportunities

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Launch of New Tool to Measure Scope 3 Emissions

Boston, MA, USA - December 15th, 2014

GHG Protocol and Quantis launch free Scope 3 Evaluator tool to measure value chain emissions

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Quantis opens branch in Germany, recruits Michael Spielmann

Berlin, Germany - September 24th, 2014

Quantis recruits esteemed sustainability expert Michael Spielmann to manage the German branch and to spur the group’s activities in the market

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European Commission selects Quantis to participate in four Product Environmental Footprint pilots in the food and beverage industry

Paris, France - September 19th, 2014

Quantis will lend its expertise to the PEF pilot projects for the dairy, packed water, pet food, and coffee sectors as part of the Single Market for Green Products initiative

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Quantis France announces the nomination of Dimitri Caudrelier as Managing Director (in French)

Paris, France - July 29th, 2014

The new Managing Director to focus on value creation and innovation to achieve his ambitious objectives for the growth of Quantis France.

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Quantis International names Emmanuelle Aoustin as CEO

Paris, France - March 18th, 2014

With an executive reorganization and strategic hires, Quantis readies for accelerated growth in the field of sustainability solutions and services

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Organisation Environmental Footprint Sector Rules (OEFSRs)

Lausanne - October 9th, 2013

Quantis to participate in the retail-sector European pilot project to develop Organisation Environmental Footprint Sector Rules (OEFSRs)

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PRé and Quantis Encouraging Sustainability Adoption

Amsterdam - September 1st, 2013

Quantis and PRé are entering into a strategic partnership, designed to expand the companies' reach, as they strive to further encourage sustainability adoption

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The World Food LCA Database

Lausanne/Zürich - August 8th, 2013

An internation project to provide accurate food datasets for environmnental footprints

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Industry cooperation in the field of Life Cycle Assessments (LCA)

Lausanne - April 4th, 2013

Empa researchers join Quantis to open new branch in Switzerland

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New ISO 14’046 Water Footprint Standard to be presented at World Water Week on September 1st

Paris, France - August 7th, 2014

Presentation will detail how the new standard will help organizations to assess the water footprint of a company, product or service and to develop solid stewardship strategies

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Canadian sustainable development firms to create a partnership

Montréal and Québec - February 27th, 2013

Quantis, Groupe Agéco and Saulnier Conseil combine their expertise to provide integrated leading-edge consulting services

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