In February 2020, Ethical Consumer sent Neal’s Yard a questionnaire requesting information about the company’s environmental reporting and/or policies. No response was received. As such Ethical Consumer referred to publicly available information on the company's website.
Neal Yard’s website contained a lot of discussion of environmental issues, including a discussion of ingredients and materials used for its products, energy, packaging, biodiversity, water, ecosystems, and waste. It was stated that 90% of the company's products were manufactured in the UK and that it generated more than 5% of its own electricity at its factory in Dorset.
92% of its physically processed agricultural ingredients (defined by the COSMOS standard) were said to be certified Organic by weight. It was said to be committed to not using Genetically Modified ingredients.
The company was considered to have demonstrated a reasonable understanding of its main environmental impacts.
Regarding future targets the company's website detailed the following:
- Carbon emission intensity (scope 1 & 2): targeting a 47% reduction by 2025 and an 87% reduction by 2050 from 2010 baseline. 19% reduction at last assessment.
- All plastic bottles 100% PCR [Post Consumer Recycled] before 2025. Currently all plastic bottles up to 200ml.
- Zero (non hazardous) waste to landfill from our two main sites (Peacemarsh eco-factory and London office) by 2020.
Regarding external verification of environmental data, an email sent to Ethical Consumer in July 2018 stated that checks on emissions data were said to be undertaken by Natural Capital Partners, which certified Neal’s Yard as CarbonNeutral. However, apart from this, the company's environmental performance data was not externally verified.
Neal's Yard received Ethical Consumer's middle rating for Environmental Reporting as its information had been updated within the last two years, it showed a reasonable understanding of its main environmental impacts, it had two dated, quantified future targets for reducing its impacts, but its external verification was limited to its emissions data. The company therefore lost hal a mark under Environmental Reporting.
www.nealsyardremedies.com (10 February 2020)