Reposting: THIS IS BIG: BEAUTYCOUNTER JOINS THE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT

https://blog.beautycounter.com/category/advocacy/ Reposted from the Beautycounter Blog, under Advocacy:

JANUARY 25, 2019BY BEAUTYCOUNTER
One of the things we’re proudest of is our mission, because it goes beyond our company, our local community—and even our industry. Making a positive impact on people and ecosystems across the globe is incredibly important to us, and we couldn’t do it without some help. So, what we are about to announce is a big deal.

Beautycounter is teaming up with one of the world’s most rigorous, credible organizations: we are now a Signatory to the United Nations Global Compact. This means we’re joining an alliance that encourages businesses to advance the broader goals of sustainability and social responsibility. As a Signatory, Beautycounter will work to align our strategies and operations with ten core principles surrounding human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption1:

Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
Businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
Businesses should support the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor.
Businesses should champion the effective abolition of child labor.
Businesses should support the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
This reaffirms our commitment to abolishing human rights issues and labor violations in the supply chain, and to being better stewards of the environment that we all share. Keep your eyes peeled for updates about our participation in the Global Compact and how it will help us on our journey to #betterbeauty. In the meantime, take a moment to read the letter from Gregg, our Founder and CEO, to the UN—you can find it here.

1 United Nations Global Compact. Link: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/what-is-gc/mission/principles.

If you enjoy this post, got curious, have questions, or wanted to learn more about Beautycounter engagement and mission, feel free to drop me a note. Thank you!

Switching to Safer (and Healthier!) Lifestyle

A big Thank You to all my readers and friends, for supporting not only my recently launched small business for safer and healthier lifestyle, but also, the personal statement behind it, which involves my solid belief in seeking out safer alternatives for myself and my family:

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2017 has been a particularly challenging year, with very high ‘highs’ and rock-bottom lows… But our family has managed. We’ve held residence in 3 different countries, experienced the never-ending cramped hotel room living, while attempting to enroll kids in a new school, new country, new routine. I packed, unpacked, evacuated from a hurricane. We’re caught in the midst of political/economic turmoil, lost a dear family member to unfair battle with lung cancer… My kids had to say “hellos” and “goodbyes” too many times to their friends.
Lost many nights of sleep trying to figure out how to offer my children/our family a stable and nurturing environment, regardless the hardships.
And we did. We’ve established ourselves back in the US, we’re again a whole family, with a decent routine, waiting to learn about what the work scenario will have in store for us in 2018.

I’m hopeful 2018 will be a healthier year. I’m hopeful Im able to work towards a healthy mindset, healthier eating habits, healthier relationships with my loved ones, our friends the ones around us.
As a scientist by trade, a mother, spouse, daughter, care taker, it’s my right and duty to be diligent when it comes to the products I bring into my house, to our family.

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The reason I’ve switched to a safer beauty approach/behavior (as you may tell, I’m starting with the body… next changes will be about transitioning to a healthier mindset… 🙂

Decades of studies show that serious health issues (including, but not limited to asthma, learning disabilities, cancer and infertility) have increased, and due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals. There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry. The initiative I was introduced to – by a dear friend from our joint time back in Africa – has banned over 1,500 ingredients setting a new health and safety standard.

Also, this initiative has enabled me to re-establish myself as a small business person, in a similar fashion it has empowered some many women for the past years!

The idea of supporting an initiative that seeks cleaner, safer personal products, while empowering women, reassuring them “They do not need to give up their health for beauty”, is definitely a cause dearly close to my heart. Change is already happening. No woman should be harmed for making her own choices or living her own life. No woman should compromise her health and safety for beauty. Stay beautiful. Stay safe. Happy 2018!

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