We at The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) share the concern about the potential environmental effects of palm oil plantations, including deforestation and the destruction of biodiversity and habitats.
We support the development of sustainable sources of palm oil. A few of our brands use palm oil, which is extracted from the palm fruit. We source this palm fruit oil from sustainable sources.
In addition, the majority of our brands also use ingredients that are derivatives of palm kernel oil, processed by our suppliers. We support efforts to encourage the development of sustainably sourced palm kernel oil derivative ingredients. We have formed an internal palm working group and joined the Natural Resources Stewardship Circle (NRSC), an organization dedicated to sustainable sourcing for the cosmetics industry. In addition, we are engaging with industry, suppliers and organizations knowledgeable on sustainable palm sourcing, and seeking alternatives to palm kernel oil derivatives.
Examples of our actions include: