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The CEW Eco Beauty Award recognizes a brand that has moved further toward the goal of sustainability. The Award was established to encourage taking steps towards sustainability within the beauty industry. Eligible entries must demonstrate that measurable step changes have been implemented within the past 3 years.

The criteria for this award are based upon the below science-based sustainability principles1 promoted by The Natural Step. The CEW Eco Beauty Award recognizes brands that are seeking to reduce their impact on the issues described below and by doing so become more sustainable.

How Are Eco Entries Scored? Brands will be scored on a scale of 1-5 on how they have implemented measurable change through the lens of each sustainability principle on the chart. It’s important that you provide us with as much information as possible on the chart submission form as finalists will be ranked from the top highest scores.

To become more sustainable a company must embrace the following principles: Examples

Principle 1 – Less use of materials extracted from the earth’s crust heavy metals, use of oil, gas and coal

Principle 2 – Less accumulation of man-made substances dioxins, phthalates, PCBs, and DDT

Principle 3 – Less physical degradation of nature over harvesting forests and paving over critical wildlife habitat

Principle 4 – More consideration for peoples’ needs and rights eliminate unsafe working conditions and unfair trade

Example of Submission Entry: Example

About The Natural Step

The Natural Step is an international non profit organization dedicated to sustainable development. The Natural Step helps businesses integrate sustainability principles into core strategies and operations to deliver bottom line benefits.


1 The Natural Step system conditions are published in peer reviewed journals.


Questions? Contact My Tran at mtran@cew.org or (646)929-8028.