NRSC
NRCS

Natural Resources Stewardship Circle

Promoting best practices and responsible sourcing in the beauty, fragrance and flavors industries

Projects & Workgroups

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Screening

Some natural-ingredient supply chains have been designated as being in jeopardy by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

In order to prioritize our collective actions, we have established a screening process based on a strict assessment of the key challenges and stakes related to a supply chain. A decision whether or not to pursue any action is made following completion of the assessment. A “go” decision leads to the creation of a workgroup, composed of a leader and an average of five representatives from various member companies.

Read about the NRSC process.

 

Actions in progress

Several workgroups are currently in progress in various countries. The majority of them involve raw materials for fine fragrances and cosmetics. Other workgroups focus on sharing knowledge regarding the status of supply chains, together with best practices and unsuccessful practices. They involve local and indigenous communities, local producers, international organizations on biodiversity issues (UNCBD, UNCTAD, FRB), and ministries of agriculture. They are represented at congresses and international conventions.
Specific teams are assigned to the NRSC processes, permanently updating the tools and the documents for certification and communication. The workgroups include key actors in the supply chains, those having the capacity to impact biodiversity and responsible sourcing when establishing specifications. They interact with non-governmental and governmental organizations, local producers, collectors, liaisons, and distributors.
Read about Vetiver in Haiti.