Sustainability

Together we keep it beautiful

Sephora’s sustainability journey is guided by the belief that together we can protect and preserve the health and beauty of our planet. We take action to cultivate sustainable practices in our retail spaces, at our headquarters, and throughout our supply chain. From environmentally responsible packaging and ingredient transparency to conscientious energy consumption, we approach every challenge as an opportunity to innovate.

Our impact in numbers

7

years Sephora has been an EPA Green Power Partner

100%

All Sephora U.S. stores, distribution centers, and corporate offices are powered by 100% renewable energy

1.9 Million

pounds of waste Sephora diverted from landfills in 2020

Our Focus

Suppliers

What we purchase and who we purchase from has an impact. Together, with our partners throughout the supply chain, we focus on committing to social and environmental excellence while improving product sustainability and safety. Please refer to our public Chemicals Policy progress reports from 2020, 2021 and 2022 for more information.

Climate

Sephora is focused on reducing energy consumption and transitioning to renewable energy.  Since 2019, all U.S. stores, distribution centers and corporate offices are powered by 100% renewable energy. We continue to innovate to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

Ecodesign

Ecodesign is how we reduce waste in our stores and from our packaging. By embracing efficient design, and encouraging the brands we carry to do the same, we save resources while incorporating recyclable materials. Sephora is a member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Our goal is to divert waste from landfill.

Our Stance on Ingredients

Sephora leads the way on issues of ingredient safety and sustainability. Our public Chemicals Policy transparently lays out our vision and goals for all the products we sell, in stores and online.

We’ve identified a list of high-priority chemicals for reduction and elimination—these include chemicals our clients have told us they’re concerned about, plus chemicals that environmental or health groups have identified as problematic. Our goal is to see a 50 percent reduction in the number of products containing these chemicals within three years. To make this change, we’re partnering with our current brands to find safer alternatives, support them on innovation, and advocate for more transparency in labeling. Our Sephora Collection products already satisfy rigorous requirements on quality, traceability, and product safety. Through our Clean at Sephora program, we’re also constantly looking to bring in new brands with a more sustainable stance on chemicals.

As industry leaders, we believe it’s our responsibility to help our clients make informed decisions about the products they purchase. We’re committed to monitoring our own progress on this issue, reporting updates regularly, and continuing to expand the list of chemicals under review.

To help us reach our goals, we’ve collaborated with industry experts in innovation and green chemistry such as Novi Connect, ChemFORWARD, and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).  While we still have work to do, we’re excited to highlight some milestones we achieved in our first three years of partnering with brands on our Chemicals Policy:

 

1. High-Priority Chemicals: A 39.5% reduction in products containing chemicals deemed problematic by clients as well as environmental and health organizations.

2. Safer Alternatives: Sephora funded Chemical Hazard Assessments (CHAs) are used to qualify ingredients by trade name and if they satisfy the rigorous program rules, earn the “ChemFORWARD SAFER” designation. SAFER trade name ingredients are now fully integrated into the Novi tool and available to all brands.

3. Transparency: We’ve increased the number of products with ingredient information on Sephora.com from 98.0% to 99.6%.

 

For more info, read our 2022 progress report.

 

Clean at Sephora

It’s the evolution of beauty. Our Clean at Sephora seal means a product is formulated without a list of ingredient categories that hold potential concerns for human health and the environment. This includes phthalates, oxybenzone, octinoxate, hydroquinone, formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers, and more—featuring six new categories added July 2021.

 

Clean + Planet Positive

Brands with our Clean + Planet Positive seal focus on climate commitments, sustainable sourcing, responsible packaging, and environmental giving. They’re our most ambitious clean brands, all on a mission to change the earth and beauty landscape for the better.

Sustainability in action

Sephora has initiated a zero-emissions vehicle “last-mile” delivery program to our retail locations in San Francisco to reduce emissions and transportation-related pollution.

Sephora created an eco-conscious clean skincare line with over 60% naturally derived ingredients and packaging made from reclaimed sugarcane.

All U.S. stores, distribution centers and corporate offices are powered by 100% renewable energy through renewable energy certificates.

Sephora retail locations across the country consume less energy with our online Energy Management System (EMS) and LED lighting.

“We aspire to be the most loved beauty community in the world, and as a part of this, Sephora has a responsibility as an industry leader to help benchmark exemplary environmental performance. New technologies, equipment, and eco-friendly materials are being introduced all the time and impact every aspect of our business—architecture, store operations, logistics, and products.”

Chris de Lapuente

Sephora, Chief Executive Officer