The Estée Lauder Companies has announced sustainability goals for its travel retail unit, which includes airports, downtown locations, airlines, cruises and border shops.
Travel retail is reportedly the company’s highest growth channels and reaches more than 1 billion consumers a year.
Estée Lauder's goals are:
- Achieve net zero carbon emissions for transportation to travel retail customers by the end of fiscal year 2023
- Achieve net zero carbon emissions for all corporate travel retail worldwide business air travel by the end of fiscal year 2023
- Transition all travel retail exclusive (TREX) paper cartons to responsibly sourced FSC-certified board by 2025. Reduce plastic usage by removing plastic film-wrap from travel retail exclusive outside cartons by 2023
- Incorporate sustainability practices in travel retail new store design and visual merchandising across all brands, including with respect to materials starting in fiscal year 2021
- Deploy sustainability practices across all travel retail office locations by the end of fiscal year 2023
In store design, the newly opened Estée Lauder, La Mer and MAC counters at Hyundai COEX in Seoul, Korea, were built with, on average, 80% reused display fixtures, reducing waste and environmental impact while maintaining brand equity.
Olivier Bottrie, global president, travel retail and retail development, The Estée Lauder Companies, said: “The Estée Lauder Companies and its brands have made great strides to ensure we continue to be a company rooted in values and it is important that we do our part in Travel Retail to uphold this vision. By implementing sustainability goals for Travel Retail, we are furthering the company’s commitment to the environment and demonstrating to travelers how we are making a positive impact in this space. We look forward to continuing the necessary work to lead in this space and sharing our progress with our employees and consumers.”
Nancy Mahon, senior vice president, global corporate citizenship and sustainability, The Estée Lauder Companies, said: “The Estée Lauder Companies’ commitment to citizenship and sustainability reflects our belief that our long-term business success depends on our ability to make conscious decisions to embed sustainable practices across our entire value chain. We feel confident that the ambitious steps our travel retail team is taking will not only accelerate progress towards our company’s sustainability goals, but will also make a tangible impact on the travel retail industry, enabling consumers to make more environmental choices.”