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Chanel, Dior and more form ‘Traceability Alliance for Sustainable Cosmetics’

Chloe Burney
24 January 2024

15 cosmetics makers – including Chanel, Dior, Estée Lauder and more – have formed a consortium titled ‘The Traceability Alliance for Sustainable Cosmetics’ to enhance the beauty industry's traceability.

The Traceability Alliance for Sustainable Cosmetics (TRASCE) is made up of Chanel, Albéa, Groupe Clarins, Cosfibel powered by GPA Global, Dior, the Estée Lauder Cos., L'Occitane en Provence, L'Oréal, Merck, Neyret, Nuxe, Pochet Group, Sensient, Shiseido and Sisley.

According to WWD, the consortium was inspired by recent health, climactic and geopolitical events, which caused supply-chain disruptions. What’s more, regulations in Paris, and globally, are becoming stricter.

Julien Garry, International Director of Purchasing and Packaging Innovation Development at ChanelParfums Beauté, said in a statement: "The essential and demanding work of mapping our supply chains carried out in recent years has allowed us to understand the main limits of the exercise.

"It is sometimes quite difficult for a single client to convince distant tier suppliers to commit to this process, when we do not exchange directly with them or when they do not meet the same regulatory requirements. "Based on this observation, we proposed that the actors of the sector join forces to trace our supply chains as far and as quickly as possible."

TRASCE has taken on the task of addressing traceability at scale, including ingredients or components used, their origins, supplier activities, places of transformation and names of suppliers. These points of call will be tracked on one digital platform, Transparency-One. Every supplier is guaranteed the ownership, security and confidentiality of the data they share.

Meghan Ryan, Executive Director of Responsible Sourcing at Estée Lauder, commented: "Through shared digital tools and close collaboration, we have an opportunity to move the needle in transparency and elevate how we source responsibly, with attention to potential impacts on people and the environment."

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