A three-pronged approach
Our sustainability practices are guided by one clear message: “Do the right thing.” Driven by our values, we believe this isn’t just an obligation. It’s an opportunity to make a positive impact on the wellbeing of our communities and our environment.
Edgewell Personal Care’s mission of sustainable development:
At Edgewell Personal Care, we will “do the right thing” in conducting our business to ensure that we preserve the environment for future generations, provide a safe and healthy working environment for all colleagues while ensuring the continued success of our commercial enterprise.
While Integrity guides our sustainability initiatives, we deploy all of our values to bring this philosophy to life. And we enact it through a three-pronged approach:
- People: providing our colleagues with safe, healthy work environments as well as making a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate, all while governing our partnerships with Codes of Conduct
- Product: constantly working to reduce the environmental impact of our products and our packaging
- Planet: reducing the environmental impact of our manufacturing operations to ensure the availability of natural resources for generations to come
Our sustainability efforts begin with our colleagues. We are committed to providing a safe working environment in our offices and manufacturing facilities—across the globe. We expect the highest conduct standards in every interaction. And we celebrate our colleagues’ positive contributions to our community, including colleague-led grassroots programs, socially focused brand partnerships, and volunteer efforts around the world.
Our colleagues are at the core of our business, and that’s why we’re committed to providing a safe, healthy work environment across our global operations. We continue to strive for zero incidents, and our numerous awards and certifications reflect our safety efforts.
- Edgewell has been recognized by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). To put that in context, out of 15 million workplaces, just 2,279 have earned VPP recognition. We have two VPP-Star facilities.
- There are two sites, Guangzhou, China and Solingen, Germany, that have achieved OHSAS18001. OHSAS 18001 is an internationally recognized program for health and safety.
- Schick Guangzhou received 2010 EHS Excellence Award by GETDD Xiagang Production Safety Bureau, recognizing it as one of the 15 best companies from among hundreds of manufacturing enterprises in the region.
- We have focused on decreasing injury rates over the last 5 fiscal years, from 2.01 in 2011 to 0.7 through the second quarter of 2015.
Codes of Conduct
Though the outcome is a safe, healthy working environment, how we get there is through our values. Integrity guides us in every interaction. Our Codes of Conduct reflect this belief and put it into practice. We apply these codes globally, ensuring a consistent work culture and environment no matter where you go, which office you visit, or who you might meet.
To learn more about our Codes of Conduct, click on one of the adjacent PDFs.
From corporate initiatives to grassroots colleague-led efforts, Edgewell’s commitment to communities is built on our values of Teamwork and Initiative. Edgewell is aligned with The United Way Organizations and provides significant contributions to help fulfill its mission of building strong communities in which we live and work. Many of our facilities are recognized for their top-tier donations at the local and state level.
Additionally, our colleagues are active in many of the partnership programs in which our brands participate around the world, including Susan G. Komen and Habitat for Humanity.
Many of our colleagues drive and participate in a range of grassroots programs, including:
- Big Brother programs
- Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup
- Outreach to local schools
- Food and toy drives
- Local soup kitchens
- Tree-planting days
At Edgewell, we design for sustainability because it’s central to our philosophy of innovation and to the health of the planet. This means we address environmental considerations at the earliest stages of the product development process to minimize negative impacts throughout the product lifecycle.
At every stage of the process, we look to minimize waste generation by increasing utilization of high-recovery materials. We also employ “design for disassembly” principles to enhance recyclability and reuse materials wherever possible. Finally, we continually look for ways to reduce packaging size and increase usage of recyclable materials.
Life Cycle Thinking allows us to take into consideration the impact our products have—from cradle to grave—and identify opportunities to reduce our footprint. We apply this analytical tool to our product portfolio in order to evaluate how we can make all of our products more sustainable.
Socially conscious purchasing
At Edgewell, we engage with suppliers around the globe based on their ability to offer competitive pricing, world-class quality, responsive delivery, and innovation. We also prize sustainable development in an ecosystem of waste reduction and continuous improvement.
Our Codes of Conduct outline various social responsibility and environmental requirements as a condition of doing business with us. We expect our key suppliers to be involved in life-cycle analysis, sustainable product design, and packaging-material reduction. Additionally, many of these partners have robust sustainability programs driving their own sustainable development further upstream in the supply chain.
These efforts can be seen across our portfolio:
- Hawaiian Tropic and Banana Boat replaced PVC with 100% recyclable PET bottles
- Our disposable razors use recycled materials in 30% of brands with implementation planned for 100%
- We introduced recyclable handles to some of our razor brands
- We redesigned our razor refill packaging to fit more product into a smaller space, reducing energy use for shipping.
Furthermore, we strive to ensure that the materials we source for our products are obtained from sustainable, earth-friendly resources. Palm Oil, for example, is a type of edible vegetable oil that is derived from the palm fruit and used in many personal care products, including some of our own.
Palm oil is grown throughout Africa, Asia, North America, and South America. The industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty, and indigenous rights abuses in the countries where it is produced, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of the palm oil plantations.
As a concerned steward of the environment, we at Edgewell are committed to combating deforestation activity associated with the sourcing and use of Palm Chemical ingredients. We have created a team of colleagues to track, monitor, and implement plans to source palm oil and palm derivatives from known and certified sustainable sources. This team will also collaborate with all of our suppliers to ensure support and cooperation in this initiative.
Using better materials more efficiently
At Edgewell, we’re committed to using materials more efficiently to reduce waste. Some examples include using more recycled fiber in tampons, reducing plastic in Diaper Genie pails by 66%, and developing longer-lasting razor blades.
We’ve reduced packaging across our portfolio, including maximizing shipping space efficiency for our Hawaiian Tropic sun-lotion and Playtex pacifier brands. We’ve also added recycled board in razor packaging and printed consumer inserts on recycled paper.
We’ve made significant efforts to limit our environmental impact by using more environmentally-friendly materials. This includes replacing rayon with cotton in our tampons and redesigning our infant care products without PVC. We utilize recycled polypropylene in the manufacture of our disposable razors, and we’re using organic inks on many of our packages.
We emphasize innovation and emerging technologies in all aspects of our business—and our manufacturing processes are no exception. More recently, we were on the forefront of removing BPA from plastic bottles.
Reducing manufacturing waste
At Edgewell, we challenge ourselves to rescue the waste from throughout the manufacturing process and drive continuous improvement within our recycling program. Since the inception of our waste production program in 2008, we have diverted over 50 million pounds of non-hazardous solid waste from landfills.
Our initiatives tackle water use, material waste reduction, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy efficiency. For example, Hawaiian Tropic reduced water usage by 39% since 2006.
Sustainability Indicators (from 2012 to 2014) Normalized to Revenue:
- Energy down 12%
- GHG down 24%
- Waste down 13%
- Water up 3%
Note: Water increased in usage due to increase in volume. Several plans are being reviewed to reduce water usage in the future.
Many of Edgewell’s plant operations have been recognized for a number of environmental efforts. The State of Connecticut awarded our Milford plant with its third Green Circle Award for achievements in innovative and unique pollution prevention and recycling programs. The plant has reduced scrap by 4.8 million pounds and is now a 99.98% landfill-free facility. And our Schick Wilkinson Sword operation in Solingen, Germany passed the ECOPROFIT certification with a score of 100%.
We have three plants that are zero landfill:
- Guangzhou, China
- Milford, Connecticut
- Solingen, Germany
These efforts don’t just have a positive environmental impact—they have a significant economic benefit as well. From cost avoidance (landfill tipping fees) to the reduction of disposal footprint (dock spaces, waste container rentals, compactor fees), our sustainability efforts are a true win-win for both Edgewell and the planet.