Sustainability at Aesop

As a company founded on steadfast ethics, our intention has always been to tread as lightly as we can, with an unwavering commitment to quality, excellence and integrity. Our approach to sustainability is guided by the areas in which we can have the greatest social and environmental impact, and the issues of greatest importance to our colleagues, customers and communities.

A commitment to protecting our environment

We are on a journey of reducing our footprint on a planet that generously sustains us while formulating products of the highest quality and efficacy. No Aesop product or ingredient used in our formulations is tested on animals. We are proud to have achieved Cruelty Free International’s Leaping Bunny certification and to be included on PETA's cruelty-free and vegan lists.

Our Ethical Sourcing Programme aims to ensure that our suppliers use environmentally responsible processes, have safe working conditions, and treat workers with dignity.

Our packaging ethos has always been utilitarian: vessels must be functional, modest and have minimal environmental impact. We are proud to note that our recent progress includes:

  • transitioning over 70% of our plastic bottles to a minimum 97% post-consumer Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (recycled PET) content; and

  • introducing a screw cap variant of our 500 mL hand and body cleansers, saving 12g plastic per unit with the re-use of a pump.

  • Circular packaging trial: Recognising the environmental benefits to be realised through reuse of our packaging, in South Australia we invite customers to take part in a packaging re-use trial at Aesop Rundle Street. Customers who have purchased Aesop products in 200 mL glass bottles can return their empty bottles to our Rundle Street store, where they will be transferred for future cleaning, sanitising and refilling for re-use as packaging for the same range of cleansers. This approach allows us to reduce our use of new packaging materials, and to make the most of the durable nature of glass without compromising the efficacy of the products housed within. Through this trial’s learnings we hope to be able to expand both reach and product offering of circular packaging to other markets globally.

We are continuing to evaluate in-store packaging return programmes in other markets after the successful launch of Rinse and Return Hong Kong.

We are committed to taking climate action and to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2030. Our Australia and New Zealand operations are certified carbon neutral under the Australian government scheme Climate Active and have been since 2018

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Our people and communities

We understand the value of our employees and are focused on nurturing an inclusive, engaged culture, where all employees are empowered to contribute, develop and thrive. Our global initiatives to support our people include a global parental leave policy, flexible work policy, and a dedicated health and wellbeing program.

We have long supported the communities in which we operate and aim to create a network of partners who share our values. From subtle gestures of generosity to more substantial donations, our commitments extend beyond monetary support to provide the benefits of enduring relationships. Aesop staff are also encouraged to volunteer one per cent of their time to local charitable organisations.

Informed by a 30-year legacy of nourishing our communities, the Aesop Foundation partners with charities that amplify the voices of those who may not otherwise have a platform, with an emphasis on the development of literacy.

Further reading

For more detail on our ongoing efforts, we encourage you to read our full sustainability report. We are dedicated to continuously improving our practices with honesty and sincerity.

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