Improving the personal, social and health outcomes for people is a critical aspect of sustainability. All companies in the cosmetic industry take this very seriously, working to ensure that the production of cosmetic and personal care products improves and enhances lives, including those who work throughout the supply chain. UK legislation has meant that many efforts that would fit in the criteria of Wellbeing, including the need for a Modern Slavery Statement for companies of a certain size, are not enough. Wellbeing initiatives highlighted and analysed are those which go above and beyond what UK law requires.
This impact goal aligns with the internationally recognised Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- 1 - No Poverty
- 3 - Good Health
- 4 - Quality Education
- 5 - Gender Equality
- 8 - Good Jobs and Economic Growth
What are Members Doing?
Of CTPA's current 175 members & associate members, Wellbeing has 85 different initiatives from 44 member companies as of 2019. These initiatives are in effect both in the UK and internationally, meaning that a broad spectrum of people throughout the world are impacted by the good work of these Wellbeing initiatives. It's also important to note that in this section many of CTPA's members have been working collaboratively with UK and internationally based charities that impact greatly in their areas.
Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) is the UK charity set up by the cosmetics industry in 1993. The LGFB programme helps women, men and young adults improve their physical and emotional wellbeing by managing the visible side effects of cancer treatment on a persons appearance through confidence-boosting skin fitness and make-up workshops.
Just some examples of other charities CTPA members have worked with in this section are the Red Cross, Children in Need, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), Together for Short Livesand Breast Cancer Care.
The industry is focused on improving self-esteem and helping people, especially for the many people who find themselves homeless. Shelter, the UK based charity which campaigns to end homelessness, announced in November 2018 that 320,000 people in Britain face homelessness in some form. The industry has been working to help people feel better about themselves by assisting charities that tackle UK homelessness and job poverty with services such as Haircuts4Homeless and Beauty Bank.