BEAUTY & FRAGRANCE
IRENE FORTE SKINCARE
Characterised as 'Natural Science' Irene Forte Skincare combines outstanding fragrance and feel with low allergenic potential and proven effectiveness.
Irene Forte Skincare is committed to ensuring that their processes and products are as sustainable as possible. Passionate about provenance, each product in the line is created with ingredients grown on their Organic Farm in Sicily. All ingredients are certified vegan, and they have also integrated upcycled ingredients. All aspects of production are kept in Italy. Their boxes are made out of 100% recycled fibres. Many of their bottles are refillable, and they have partnered with First Mile to recycle the refills, giving them a second life. They have partnered with The Lady Garden Foundation, a women's gynaecological health charity.
A WORD FROM THE FOUNDER
At Irene Forte Skincare, we believe beauty is more than skin deep. Our company’s existence is part of a much wider system of people, nature and other organisations, and we’re committed to ensuring that our processes and products are truly sustainable and ethical at every stage of their lifecycle.
BUTTERFLY MARK TESTIMONIAL
Working with Positive Luxury and the Butterfly Mark have been incredibly valuable to us. I always say sustainability is a journey and one is never 100% sustainable; by providing us with a framework and constant support, Positive Luxury has helped us find ways in which we can always improve. The Butterfly Mark has given us credibility with both our customers and partners. We are proud to be a part of a dedicated and inspiring community that shares the same social and environmental standards and vision.
Irene Forte Skincare demonstrates transparency on important environmental, social and governance challenges through its formalised Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy. This policy outlines the company's efforts to give back to the world and ensures business operations are as sustainable as possible. Divided into three main sections; people, communities and planet, the policy outlines current objectives and future goals ensuring the policy is updated and developed accordingly. Furthermore, Irene Forte Skincare demonstrates accountability by publishing ESG information publicly for consumers and stakeholders to access. This includes topics such as, the company’s certifications, sourcing of sustainable ingredients, packaging and engagement with communities and suppliers.
Irene Forte Skincare recognises the powerful properties of plants and fruits and therefore strives to protect nature and ensure a positive impact on the environment. Most ingredients are sourced from their own organic farm in Sicily where thousands of new plants are planted each year, rainwater is harvested, and renewable energy is derived from solar panels. Formulations also include upcycled ingredients made from nutrient-rich plant-based leftovers such as, Olive Seed Oil made from discarded pits, to ensure no waste is created. Additionally, Irene Forte Skincare maintains a Restricted Substances List which is compliant with EU REACH, California Proposition 65 and US FDA.
From natural ingredients to sustainable palm wood packaging, all production is based in Italy and exclusively produced by local Italian artisans. Irene Forte Skincare maintains visibility and records of all its Tier 1 suppliers by having a supplier Code of Conduct, a supplier Application Form and a supplier on-boarding procedure. These formalised policies set the minimum standard of business behaviour expected in areas including ethical dealings, health and safety, environment, animal welfare and human rights. Constructive supplier relationships have allowed Irene Forte Skincare to engage and work with suppliers on various sustainability initiatives. These include, ensuring fulfilment houses only use recycled materials when packing products and verifying their carpenter supplier in Puglia strictly uses sustainable local olive wood to produce spatulas for products.
During its re-certification journey, Irene Forte Skincare has worked on various formalised Human Resources policies to ensure good people management and improve overall performance and satisfaction. From diversity, equality and inclusion policies to appraisal forms and employee induction presentations, Irene Forte Skincare ensures that people are treated equally, fairly and ethically, while providing a healthy environment, physically and emotionally. Irene Forte Skincare’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy also states future goals for people management such as, implementing internal team health check-ups, supplementary health insurance and increasing access to external training programmes.
They have recently launched their charity partnership with The Lady Garden Foundation, which aims to raise funds to extend and improve gynaecological health; and arm women and girls with the knowledge they need to break down the taboos that surround the topic. £1.50 for every Pomegranate Hand Cream sold globally is donated to the charity. Additionally, all 30ml and 50ml products will be refillable by mid-2022. They have calculated their carbon footprint and have the Carbon Footprint Standard Accreditation; they are now working towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Other prospective projects include a water equal scheme and the establishment of a social farm in Verdura.