Mary Kay Inc. has been inducted into the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and will join the organization’s commitment to becoming a more circular, sustainable business. The foundation is based in the UK and promotes the principles of eliminating waste and pollution by keeping products and materials in use and regenerating natural systems.
“For nearly 60 years, Mary Kay has strived to enrich women’s lives, advance the field of skin health, and create a positive community impact around the world,” said Deborah Gibbins, Chief Operations Officer at Mary Kay Inc. “The cosmetics and personal care industry is in transition as companies evolve to meet the growing demands for environmentally conscious, transparent operations and cleaner, ethically sourced products. We’re here for it.”
Mary Kay is expected to announce a new sustainability strategy later this year, and has already made efforts to reduce its environmental impact, including achieving zero waste-to-landfill status for its manufacturing facilities in China in 2014 and its Texas facilities in 2011.
“While there have been meaningful initiatives implemented throughout the beauty industry—and within Mary Kay itself—there is still so much work to be done to find long-term solutions to the environmental and socio-economic challenges ahead,” said Gibbins. “That’s why we are so excited to be part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to join like-minded organizations in our efforts to ensure sustainable growth for generations to come.”