We believe we all know what needs doing: moving away from fossil fuels, using cleaner transport, and protecting and planting forests, all while maintaining a viable business and keeping customers happy.
The science is clear. It’s imperative that we limit the rise in the earth’s temperature by human-caused activity to 1.5°C to limit the worst impacts of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants. In order to globally meet this target, we need to cut our greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and become net zero by 2050.
It’s a tall order and it’s going to take all of us. Global leaders need to take bold action. In 2019, we answered the call by the youth-led movement and joined the Global Climate Strike. We shut down our retail, digital and manufacturing operations for a day and were on the streets with millions of others, demanding action around the world.
Our business has an important role to play.
Campaigns and movement support
For more than a decade, Lush has campaigned for an end to fossil fuel extraction alongside climate justice organizations and frontline communities, which disproportionately experience the negative impacts of climate change. Additionally, our Charitable Giving Program has awarded 761 grants to organizations working on the root causes of climate change through grassroots-led solutions. From 2016 to 2020, this support has reached over 13 million dollars.
Ethical buying and Lush Investments
Our Ethical Buying team works to reduce our footprint by using our purchases to support suppliers who align with our values. Some of the ingredients we use have a positive impact, such as forest-grown ingredients like cocoa butter, murumuru butter, illipe butter, cupuaçu butter, and Brazil nut oil. All of which come from vital ecosystems and forest systems.
Since 2014, our Lush Investments team has been building independent, ethical and regenerative agri-businesses that supply Lush and others with 100 percent transparent and ethical materials. Conserving and restoring the land in these projects helps capture carbon dioxide, protect biodiversity, improve soil health, repair the local watershed, and elevate the livelihoods of communities around the world.
Our Environmental Ethos has been guiding us for years. We have made progress on reducing our ecological footprint through energy efficiency and management initiatives, sourcing renewable energy for our shops and manufacturing facilities, limiting air shipments, removing packaging where we can, and encouraging our employees to champion efforts at work and at home. And we know there are more opportunities. We need to realign our climate commitment with science to fight against climate change.
After we took to the streets and shut down our entire operation for the youth-led Global Climate Strike in 2019, we signed a commitment towards setting science-based targets. We’re currently working on detailing a roadmap to honor the Paris Agreement’s ultimate goal of global net zero emissions by 2050. This will drive our greenhouse gas emission reduction activities, in addition to our efforts to provide nature-based solutions through our Lush Investments, and continued efforts as climate activists.