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Panel Discussion: Deep Dive into the Global Cosmetic Sustainability Policies and Regulations

Akemi Ooka, Mike Sohn, Sybille MILLET
Thursday , 15th Dec 2022

With the increasing global concerns over climate, environment, and energy issues, cosmetic sustainability has gained significant momentum throughout the world recently, leading to a boosting market volume. As per Kline Market Research, the sustainable beauty market was estimated at $39 billion in 2019 and could grow by 5.7% to $48 billion in 2024. More and more companies are making sustainability a core principle of their business strategies.

In response to the emerging and promising market, global governments have successively introduced regulations for cosmetic sustainability, such as microbeads ban, eco-label, packaging recycling, etc. During the panel discussion, experts from the Independent Beauty Association (IBA), Cosmed and REACH24H Korea will expound the latest regulatory requirements of sustainable cosmetics in the world’s important beauty markets, as well as the sustainability-related practices and initiatives of some beauty giants, so as to provide references and suggestions for enterprises to enter the race.


Part 1: Emerging Sustainability Regulations in the U.S.

  1. Rise of U.S. Sustainability Legislation 

  2. Environmental Marketing Claims 

  3. Plastic Packaging Regulations 

  4. How Are Companies Responding?

Part 2: Environmental Regulation in the EU

  1. The European green deal

  2. The circular economy action plan

  3. Microplastics

  4. EU Ecolabel 

Part 3: Korea’s Latest ‘Sustainability’ Trends

  1. Cosmetic Regulation for Sustainability

  2. EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility)

  3. Packaging Material and Structure Evaluation System

  4. Deposit Return System

  5. Separate Discharge Mark System

  6. Voluntary ESG Movements in Korea Cosmetic Industry

*The final outline may be subjected to subtle revisions.

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  • Head of Global Supply Chain and Sustainability Resources
    With over 20 years of CPG experience, from Fortune 500 companies to small startups, Akemi’s experience ranges from product development to sourcing and supply chain transformation. Akemi has run chemical procurement at The Clorox Company, formulation and fragrance development at method, and was most recently VP of Product at J.R. Watkins, overseeing development, quality, regulatory compliance, claim support, and third-party manufacturing oversight for hand care, personal care, home care, and OTC remedies. She now heads up the Independent Beauty Association’s (IBA) global supply chain and sustainability programming, supporting small to medium-sized businesses in the beauty and personal care sector. Akemi holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles.
  • General Manager at REACH24H KOREA
    Mike is a South Korea market access expert with comprehensive knowledge of South Korea trade policy, laws and regulations in Cosmetic/ Chemical/ Food sectors. He had been a researcher in Korea Cosmetic Industry Institute (KCII), an overseas marketer in Won Tech, an RA at Daewoong Pharmaceuticals and worked at Histogenetics. He has been invited as the key speaker for more than 50 times all over the globe. He is acknowledged as a PR Agent of K-Beauty.
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager
    Graduated from the engineering School of Industrial Biology, Sybille has been working in the field of cosmetics for 15 years. After experiences in fragrance regulation, cosmetic product development, and consulting, Sybille joined Cosmed in 2019. In charge of regulatory monitoring and European representation, she follows the different projects under discussion and represents cosmetic SMEs in the European Commission’s working group.