Weleda has won Best Supply Chain Initiative for its ‘century-long commitment’ to sustainability in the first ever Marie Claire UK Sustainability Awards.

“WELEDA has never made any bones about being committed to change,” stated the magazine in a statement. “One of just two leading beauty brands globally (and the first in Europe) to obtain the new Union for Ethical BioTrade certification for sourcing with respect, the brand’s supply chain was scrutinized for how it sources its raw ingredients, as well as how it compensates workers at all levels of the production process.”

Commenting on the judges’ decision to award Weleda Best Supply Chain Initiative, Marie Claire sustainability adviser Christina Archer says: “A long-term leader and innovator in the beauty industry, Weleda are always looking ahead and diving deeper and deeper into examining and understanding the sustainability issues of their supply chain. They partner with well-known experts to address these, and are always sharing their decades of experience with the industry to push the whole sector (including consumers) to be more sustainable.”

Sustainability is and always has been at the heart of our business – nature, planet and people were the inspiration behind the company’s foundation

Adds Jayn Sterland, MD of Weleda UK: “Our UEBT certification is not a one-off initiative, this is a long-term commitment. Sustainability is and always has been at the heart of our business – nature, planet and people were the inspiration behind the company’s foundation in 1921. Weleda has demonstrated a century-long commitment to sustainable business practices, social responsibility and conservation of biodiversity.

“We would not be Weleda without sustainability at the core of our business: it is written into the very Articles of Association: ‘The Company shall have a material positive impact on society and the environment, taken as a whole through its business and operations’. It is wonderful to have our work with our supply chains recognised in this prestigious new award and to see a leading magazine like Marie Claire highlighting this aspect of the beauty industry.”

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