Are cars beauty’s next eco strategy? Estée Lauder Companies to transition corporate vehicles to electric

By Julia Wray | Published: 9-Aug-2022

Brand owner is the first prestige beauty company to join Climate Group’s EV100 global initiative

The Estée Lauder Companies has committed to transitioning 100% of its global corporate fleet of vehicles worldwide to electric by 2030.

To this end, ELC has become the first company in prestige beauty to join the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative, bringing together companies who are committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles.

The announcement is said to represent the next stage of ELC’s climate action strategy to reduce the company’s Scope 1 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

“The Estée Lauder Companies has a deep commitment to helping accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future, and the electrification of our corporate fleet is an important next step in our sustainability journey,” said Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability at the Estée Lauder Companies.

“Our hope is that our commitment to clean transportation will not only help to reduce our impact and engage our employees in our commitment, but also inspire similar action by others in the industry and beyond.”

“As the first prestige beauty company to join the EV100 global initiative, the Estée Lauder Companies’ commitment to EV100 will help to elevate the initiative and encourage more companies to make the commitment to fully electric. ELC’s commitment today further underlines the demand signal leading businesses are sending – the future of road transportation is electric,” added Sandra Roling, Director of Transport at the Climate Group.

The Bobbi Brown and Clinique-owner has already begun implementing a roadmap to meet its 2030 goal; in EMEA it has ordered electric vehicles for testing and deployment, and will continue to partner with site managers to expand the charging infrastructure necessary.

Charging stations have been installed in many of ELC’s owned facilities worldwide, including its sites in Melville, New York; Blaine, Minnesota; Petersfield, United Kingdom; Markham, Ontario; and its newest distribution centre in Galgenen, Switzerland.

Outside of ELC’s directly-controlled fleet, the company is furthering its efforts to reduce emissions from transportation and distribution activities that contribute to its Scope 3 footprint.

It is working with third-party partners and suppliers to move to low-emissions vehicles; in Canada and Switzerland, for instance, it has already begun transitioning local transportation vehicles from diesel trucks to electric vehicles.

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