In March 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed KKR's Sustainability website, kkresg.com, for the company's environmental report.
A 2017 ESG and Citizenship Update was viewed which talked about its commitments to reducing its impacts through its investments.
It stated "In 2009, we became a signatory to the globally recognized voluntary framework of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and helped to develop the American Investment Council Guidelines for Responsible Investing."

One goal stated in the ESG update was:
"Enhance environmental management in the portfolio companies where improved environmental performance is material to the business."

While the company had qualitive targets for addressing ESG issues through its investments it did not have any discussion about its own environmental impacts such as energy usage, employee travel or paper use. KKR therefore was not considered to have demonstrated a reasonable understanding of its environmental impacts. Nor did the company have two dated and quantified future environmental targets.
Overall it received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for environmental reporting.

Reference:

ESG report 2017 (6 March 2019)

In April 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed KKR & Co's investment portofilo.

According to KKR's website the company had investments in several oil companies including Colonial Pipeline Company which "connects the robust U.S. refinery region of the Gulf Coast with customers serving communities and businesses throughout South and the Eastern United States."

It also had investments in oil and gas producers including:
- Accelerated Oil Technologies "Joint venture focused on acquiring oilfields in North America with the objective of enhancing production through the application of Enhanced Oil Recovery Technologies";
- Comstock Resources "a Texas-based oil and gas producer, to develop oil and gas assets in the Eagle Ford Shale";
- EXCO Resources "Joint acquisition and drilling partnership on a portion of Chesapeake Energy's undeveloped acreage in the oil window of the Eagle Ford Shale in south Texas";
- Westbrick Energy "is an oil and gas company with operations in the greater Pembina area of Alberta with over 70,000 net acres of oil and gas rights."

Due to the associated climate change impacts of investing in the oil and gas industry KKR lost a whole mark under Ethical Consumer's climate change category.

Reference:

www.kkr.com/businesses/kkr-portfolio (6 March 2019)

In April 2020 Ethical Consumer searched the Nature's Bounty website for the company's policy on the use of the hazardous chemicals parabens, triclosan and phthalates.
Some forms or uses of these chemicals were banned or restricted in the EU or the USA. Triclosan is an antibacterial and a suspected endocrine disruptor. Parabens are also endocrine disruptors and have been linked to breast cancer. They are used as preservatives. Phthalates, usually DEP or DBP, are used in fragrances and are endocrine disruptors. A strong policy on toxics would be no use of these chemicals or clear, dated targets for ending their use.
No mention of triclosan was found on the website. One product was said to be paraben free. A blog on the website about going make-up free stated "While skin sensitivities vary from person to person, Krant said consensus is forming that it's best to avoid formaldehyde-related preservatives (which are often unlisted, as they can be lumped in with "fragrance"), such as DM, DM hydantoin, phthalates (plasticizers) and "anything with a benzene ring," such as oxybenzone, a sunscreen ingredient". However there did not seem to be a clear policy on phthalates.
The website of one of its subsidiary companies, Dr Organic stated: "No Harsh Chemicals: Natural ingredients are used in all formulations" and "Preservatives: Where necessary preservatives are used to guarantee product safety and shelf-life. Only the highest-grade, naturally-derived preservatives are used". It also stated "Our men’s products do not contain any negative ingredients but contain at least 70% organic ingredients and are free from parabens, SLS and mineral oil".
Nature's Bounty was not considered to have clear policies stating that it did not use or was in the process of banning these chemicals. It therefore received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for toxic chemicals and lost a whole mark under Pollution and Toxics.

Reference:

www.naturesbounty.com (22 April 2020)

In April 2020, Ethical Consumer searched the Nature’s Bounty website for the company's policy on the use of microplastics and non-biodegradable liquid polymers. No information was found.

Ethical Consumer also viewed the Dr Organic website which, in the FAQs, stated "Dr. Organic products do not include plastic microbeads." There was no acknowledgement of other microplastics or non-biodegradable liquid polymers.

According to Beat the Microbead, there are more than 500 known microplastics ingredients that can be found in our personal care products such as toothpastes, face washes, scrubs and shower gels. They are tiny plastic particles that are added for their exfoliating properties, but sometimes purely for aesthetic purposes only.

A recent report by Code Check found that non-biodegradable liquid polymers were also prevalent across a wide range of cosmetic products. Like microplastics, these materials degrade with a similar difficulty in the environment and may cause similar harm.

In 2018, the UK government banned the use of microbeads in toothpastes, shower gels and facial scrubs. However, some products classified as “leave on” were not subject to the ban, this would include lotions, sun cream and makeup, as well as abrasive cleaning products. This ban did not extend to non-biodegradable liquid polymers.

Given that the company’s policy did not cover the use of all microplastics or the issue of non-biodegradable liquid polymer in its products, the company lost half a mark under Pollution & Toxics.

Reference:

https://drorganic.co.uk (21 April 2020)