Author: Georgina Caldwell

L’Oréal and Firmenich awarded triple A but Unilever left with one A as CDP tightens criteria

CDP has released its A-list ranking for 2018 and thanks to toughened criteria, just two cosmetics companies were awarded a coveted triple-A score: L’Oréal and Firmenich. While 126 companies made the A-list for climate change, just 7 were granted a top rating in the forest category, Beiersdorf, L’Oréal and Firmenich among them; and a mere 27 lauded for water security, including Kao, IFF and triple A-rated L’Oréal and Firmenich of course. Indeed, Unilever, which has been awarded a triple-A rating for the past two years, only achieved the top score in the climate change category. “We are immensely proud...


New Avon proves agility as it responds to Jameela Jamil’s criticism of ‘cellulite shaming’ ad

Avon’s been working to become a more agile, digitally minded company and the latest social media furore proves it has nailed marketing in the digital era. Yes, as you’ll probably know by now, Jameela Jamil, an actor known for her starring role in Netflix’s The Good Place as well as her mission to end body shaming via her immensely popular I_Weigh platform this week called out the US branch of Avon for an ad in which it claimed ‘dimples are cute on your face but not on your thighs’. The brand responded promptly with an apology and a promise...


AS Watson opens first Vietnam store; plans 50 more

Hong Kong’s Watsons has opened its first store in Vietnam, according to a report published by Nikkei Asian Review. The new Ho Chi Minh City store, which is situated within the Bitexco Financial Tower stocks more than 6,000 SKUs and boasts a make-up counter where shoppers can trial products and seek advice on application and selection. “We are very excited about opening our first Watsons store in Vietnam. Watsons is looking forward to building long-term relationships with Vietnamese customers and helping them to look good and feel great,” Rod Routley, Regional Managing Director for Asia at AS Watson Group...


L’Oréal’s Nick Buckley promoted to CMO Nordics

L’Oréal’s Chief Digital Officer UK and Ireland, Nick Buckley, is heading to Copenhagen to take on a new role as Chief Marketing Officer for the Nordics territory, according to a report published by The Drum. Buckley is charged with leading the digital transformation of the Nordics business, accelerating partnerships with key e-commerce firms, driving SEO and developing a content strategy. Sam Crossman has been named UK Chief Digital Officer in Buckley’s stead, moving up from Head of Digital Marketing: L’Oréal...


Johnson & Johnson FY2018: sales up 6.7 percent to US$81.6 billion

Johnson & Johnson has announced its results for fiscal 2018. The US health care giant saw sales rise 6.7 percent to US$81.6 billion. Worldwide consumer sales reached US$13.9 billion, an increase of 1.8 percent with Neutrogena, Aveeno and OGX named among the key contributors to growth but pharma was the highlight, growing 12.4 percent to US$40.7 billion. “Johnson & Johnson delivered another year of strong operational sales growth of 6.4 percent and achieved our 35th consecutive year of adjusted operational earnings growth at 9.8 percent in 2018,” said Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO. “This can be attributed to accelerated...