Estée Lauder Companies

Company Score

Industry Household & Personal Products
Country United States
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 696
Impact Notes 20
SDG Covered 10 out of 17

The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. engages in the manufacturing of skincare, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. It sells products under the following brand names: Estée Lauder, Clinique, Origins, MAC and many more. Its channels consist of department stores, specialty multi-brand retailers, upscale perfumeries, pharmacies, prestige salons and spas.

Read about Estée Lauder and its impact below.

Impact notes

Life below Water

Estee Lauder is intensifying the microplastic marine pollution with its wide range of products

Profile Homa Praveen
Icon time Thu Dec 3rd, 2020 at 2:06pm

Microplastics are a kind of plastic that are less than five millimetres in length7;p10.  Around 85% of plastic pollution in the oceans is made up of microplastics8. Today, microplastic pollution is a global problem with 11 million tonnes enters our environment annually9;p8. Consumption of microplastics damage organs of marine animals and can even cause death in marine life11. High concentrations of microplastic cause chemical toxicity in aquatic organisms, and so reductions in growth, reproduction, and survival10;p14. 

Decent work and Economic Growth

Estée Lauder sources mica from India, where female labor exploitation is rampant.

Profile Meenakshi Narayanan
Icon time Thu Dec 3rd, 2020 at 10:51am

The cosmetics industry uses mica to give a glittery texture to the products1, using 18% of the total mica produced globally2. India produces 60% of the global mica3 (19,000 tonnes per year1), and Jharkhand and Bihar in India are responsible for 25% of the global mica production1. Many countries cannot afford mica mining as it requires extensive manual labor3.

Climate Action

Estée Lauder’s emissions are equivalent to the GHG emissions of 478,731 passenger cars for one year

Profile Harihar K
Icon time Mon Nov 30th, 2020 at 5:52pm

The global CO2 content in the atmosphere rose to 409.8 parts per million (ppm) in 20191. At this rate, the CO2 content will increase to 500 ppm within the next 50 years, which could trigger extreme drought, forest fires, sea-level rise and mass migrations6.

Clean Water and Sanitation

Estee Lauder sources 87% of water from water-stressed areas

Profile Khadija Rahman
Icon time Sat Nov 28th, 2020 at 10:00am

Aqua or water is one of the first ingredients in around 70-80% of cosmetic products since it is a great solvent7. However, depletion of water sources can further contaminate the remaining water, throw biodiversity off balance, and make water an expensive commodity6. Groundwater specifically is the drinking source for around 2 billion people in the world6. It also caters to approximately 40% of the world’s irrigated agriculture6.

Affordable and Clean Energy

Estée Lauder consumed 208,000,000 KWh of non-renewable energy in 2019, about 66% of the total energy

Profile Abdul Waseem
Icon time Fri Nov 27th, 2020 at 11:11am

In 2019, only 11% of the global primary energy was derived from renewable technologies2. This includes transport, electricity, and heating2. In the same year, energy-related CO2 emissions accounted for about 33 gigatonnes4. The solution for preventing climate change is shifting towards clean energy enormously1.