As in previous years, the awards received about 100 entries from across the globe. The winners and runner-ups were selected by a jury comprising an ethical brand, ingredient firm, retailer, industry organisation, media, and research agency.
The winners of the 2016 edition are:
- Green Formulations. Weleda is winner with its Evening Primrose Body and Face Care range. The Natrue-certified range is designed for mature skin, having anti-ageing qualities. The Australian company Synthesis Organics is runner-up with its premium range of organic skin care products. The products are made from locally grown certified organic ingredients. Other finalists were Esse Probiotic Skincare and Urtekram with its coconut range.
- Sustainable Packaging. The Brazilian cosmetics company Boticario Group is the winner for shifting over 70% of its Cuide-Se Bem range to green polyethylene packaging. The move is saving over 90 tons of plastics, avoiding more than 3,000 tons of carbon emissions per year. Speick Naturkosmetik is the runner-up. The German brand has started using bio-plastic packaging for its Speick 3.0 Organic shower gels. Finalists in this award category were Humble Products and Pierre Cattier.
- Sustainable Ingredient. The L’Oréal Group is the winner with Quinoa Husk. The cosmetics multinational has partnered with Bolivian growers for the sustainable sourcing of quinoa husk, which is used as an exfoliating ingredient in skin care products. TRI-K Industries with Baobab Tein NPNF is runner-up. Derived from African trees, the multi-functional active material is used in skin care and hair care applications. Other finalists in this category were Croda International with Majestem and IBR Ltd with IBR-CalmDeAge 1201,
- Sustainability Pioneer. The Philippine company Human Nature (Gandang Kalikasan) is the winner for social entrepreneurship. The company is creating natural cosmetics from locally sourced ingredients, creating employment for impoverished communities. Weleda is runner-up for its ‘Diversity wins!’ programme, giving employment to refugees coming into Europe. Éminence Organic Skin Care and Givaudan were finalists in this category.
- Sustainability Leadership. Weleda is winner with its range of sustainability initiatives, ranging from ethical sourcing of ingredients, green formulations, packaging initiatives to social responsibility. Croda International is runner-up for its sustainability actions. The speciality chemicals company has invested considerably in the sustainability and renewability of its raw materials. Other finalists were Boticario Group and Esse Skincare.