Beiersdorf commits to new ‘science based’ climate targets for 2025; achieves SBTi endorsement

Beiersdorf commits to new ‘science based’ climate targets for 2025; achieves SBTi endorsement

THE WHAT? Beiersdorf has announced its new Science Based Targets initiative for 2025, in a bid to help contribute to limit global warming to 1.5c.

THE DETAILS The targets, which apply to both its consumer and tesa business segments, include energy-related emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) reducing by 30 percent in absolute terms by 2025.

According to the company, “In addition, a clear cut is also planned in Group-external CO2 emissions (Scope 3), by suppliers and service providers, for example: The Group has set a value chain GHG emissions-reduction target of 10 percent by 2025.”

The new targets have been endorsed by the “Science Based Targets initiative” (SBTi), meaning they officially align with independent global climate scientists’ latest findings.

Additionally, Beiersdorf’s Consumer Business Segment has set a target of a 30 percent absolute reduction in its Scope 3 emissions by 2025, as well as ensuring all production sites in the segment become climate-neutral by 2030. 

THE WHY? The new targets come amidst a slew of revised targets from personal care giants such as Henkel, Unilever and Natura &Co as they flex their sustainability muscles to tackle climate change. 

Stefan De Loecker, Chairman of the Beiersdorf AG Executive Board, said, “Climate change confronts us as a society with tremendous challenges. We are taking action based on our sense of duty and our unshakeable belief that we must commit fully and immediately to climate protection, to counteract global warming and its severe consequences.
“The official endorsement by the SBTi of our new, ambitious climate targets is welcome confirmation that we are on the right track to actively co-shape a sustainable future for our global society.”