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Supply Chain Transparency

Croda and its stakeholders are committed to the principles of Sustainable Development for the supply of their raw materials, taking into consideration the environmental, social and economic impacts relating to their respective activities.
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Natural ingredients are at the heart of our products, with 67% of our raw materials coming from renewable natural sources. It is our duty to make every effort to preserve these resources and the people who rely on them. 

Sederma has gained Union for Ethical BioTrade - UEBT membership. With growing consumer interest in natural products, Sederma recognises that its capacity to innovate and develop eco-socio-ingredients depends on biodiversity and its conservation. With this membership, Sederma will keep on improving its practices to #sourcingwithrespect for #allpeople and #biodiversity, and pursue its ambition to be a recognised responsible player of the Cosmetic industry 
Becoming a UEBT member is part of Sederma’s CSR strategy "Be Actively Committed" and more broadly of the Croda Group's vision "Smart Science to Improve Lives™". This approach echoes Croda’s sustainable commitment to be Climate, Land and People Positive by 2030. Developing sourcing with local partners in the plant collection areas, respecting traditional know-how, improving the living conditions of local populations, mastering the traceability of raw materials of natural origin for more transparency and ethics are at the heart of Sederma development strategy for sustainable business. This strategy is in line with requirements of customers and consumers.
The UEBT standard is formally known as the Ethical BioTrade Standard and it consists of seven principles covering important social, environmental and economic issues:

  • Conservation of biodiversity
  • Sustainable use of biodiversity
  • Equitable sharing of benefits derived from the use of biodiversity
  • Socio-economic sustainability
  • Compliance with national and international legislation and agreements
  • Respect for the rights of actors involved in BioTrade activities
  • Clarity about land tenure, use, and access to natural resources and knowledge

UEBT member companies commit to ensuring that their sourcing practices gradually advance sustainable business growth, local development and biodiversity conservation. 

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Responsibly addressing the social and environmental issues associated with Palm Oil (PO) and Palm Kernel Oil (PKO) is a priority for us at Croda. 
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Code of Conduct

Based on the guidance standard ISO 26000 Social Responsibility, Sederma and Crodarom have issued a Code of Conduct for Responsible Relationships and Purchasing to formalise and share our ethical, social and environmental commitments and to unite all our partners around such values:

• Collaboration based on fair practices
• Respect of human rights
• Provide a safe and healthy working environment
• Preserve the environment and biodiversity
• Support local communities and their development
• Meet the needs of our customers

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Sustainable manufacturing

We understand the importance of sustainable manufacturing practices. We are constantly looking for ways to minimize the negative impacts on the environment while conserving energy and natural resources. We are confident that this strategy will generate even greater benefits for the environment in which we operate, the people that we work with and the communities we are part of.

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Sustainable product innovation

We know that product innovation and sustainability go hand in hand. We assess the everyday impact of our products in two ways: intrinsic, referring to attributes such as renewable raw material content or “cradle-to-gate” carbon footprint; and extrinsic, which refers to the social, environmental and financial impacts our products have in use or as they biodegrade at the end of their life.

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Certifications and Regulations

Beyond global, regional and local regulations, Croda strives for continuous improvement of its practices by getting official certifications like ISO 9001 and 14001 quality standards or the EFfCI GMP quality standard. This corporate governance naturally applies to the sustainability aspects with dedicated certifications.

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