In April 2020 Ethical Consumer searched the Stada website and Annual Report 2019 for an environmental report or policy.

The Annual Report contained a brief discussion of environmental impacts. It mentioned resource efficiency, water, energy, waste, CO2 emissions and provided figures for energy consumption, scope 1 and scope 2 emissions (for 2017 and 2018). It largely focused on the impacts of key locations. Very little detail was provided and there was no discussion of key issues such as toxic chemicals or the sourcing of raw materials. The company was not considered to have demonstrated a reasonable understanding of its main impacts.

No targets were found. The report had been verified by PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH. It was not completely explicit about what data had been verified but it appeared to cover the whole report.

Overall, Stada received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for Environmental Reporting and lost a whole mark in this category.

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Annual Report 2019 (2019)

In April 2020 Ethical Consumer searched the Stada website for the company's policy on the use of the hazardous chemicals parabens, triclosan and phthalates.

Some forms or uses of these chemicals are banned or restricted in the EU or the USA.Triclosan is an antibacterial and is a suspected endocrine disruptor. Parabens are also endocrine disruptors and have been linked to breast cancer and 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. Nothing could be found that specifically mentioned these three chemicals.

Therefore the company received Ethical Consumer's worst rating on toxics.

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Stada website (8 May 2019)

In March 2020, Ethical Consumer searched Stada's website for the company's policy on the use of microplastics and non-biodegradable liquid polymers. No information was found. The company had also been sent a questionnaire but no response was received.

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.

According to a recent report by Code Check, 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 lacked a clear policy on the use of microplastics and non-biodegradable liquid polymers, it lost half a mark under Pollution and Toxics.

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Stada website (8 May 2019)

In April 2020 Ethical Consumer searched the Stada website and Annual Report 2019 for a policy on palm oil. No information was found and the company was not listed as a member on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) website and had therefore submitted no data on its palm oil use nor certification. Furthermore, a questionnaire received by the company’s subsidiary Thornton & Ross in February 2020 stated that the company did use palm derivatives (though not crude or refined palm oil nor palm kernal oil) but did not provide any figures and stated that it did not have any positive initiatives addressing the issues of palm oil in its supply chain. It was not clear whether these answer covered the whole company group or just Thornton and Ross.

Overall the company received Ethical Consumer’s worst rating for its palm oil policy and lost a whole mark under the Palm Oil category.

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Stada website (8 May 2019)