We operate a ‘Materials of Concern’ list which formalises our approach to material selection. We continually review the scientific and regulatory status of all our materials and continue to progress our programme of actively managing materials usage. Where there are reasonable grounds for concern on consumer safety or environmental impact, we will adopt a cautionary approach and may restrict or prohibit materials ahead of any legislation being put in place.
We may take the following actions on our ‘Materials of Concern’:
Actively remove the material from all PZ Cussons Group products to an agreed timeline through a co-ordinated technical project.
Prohibit use in product development, reduce usage and exit the material through the innovation cycle (a time limit may be set).
Where materials are legally allowed and the scientific data and opinion of the Regulatory Authorities and Industry bodies support the safe use of the material, we will continue usage of the material, and manage the issue through clear communication of our position both internally and externally to our consumers and other stakeholders
In the past year we have initiated action on the following:
Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) - This is a preservative material which had been widely used in the cosmetics industry over many years. Concerns were raised by the Dermatologist community, mainly in the UK, about the increasing numbers who had become sensitised to MIT. This prompted a European Union review of the safety profile of MIT and a recommendation that MIT is not permitted for use in leave-on cosmetics. We acted immediately to remove MIT from all leave-on cosmetics within the PZ Cussons Group.
Microplastic Beads - These are used as exfoliating agents in face and body cleansing products and were reported to be accumulating in the oceans and causing the potential for harming marine life. Although only used in a limited number of products in our portfolio, we have taken action to remove or replace them with natural alternatives in all PZ Cussons products.