TOM Organic
Hygiene products
Established in Melbourne in 2009 by Aimee Marks with the launch of certified organic cotton tampons. Since then their range has expanded to include pads and nappies. TOM stands for Time of Month. Acquired by Asaleo Care in Dec 2020 for $12.75 million.

Overall

Owned SWE
Rating C
About the Ratings

Company Ownership

Tom Organic Pty Ltd
AUS
Essity AustralAsia
owns 100% of Tom Organic Pty Ltd
AUS
Personal care products
Formerly Asaleo Care, and before that SCA Hygiene. Operates 11 manufacturing and distribution facilities across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Acquired TOM Organic in Dec 2020 for $12.75 million. Sweden's Essity, who already owned a 33% stake, took over full ownership in 2021.
Essity Aktiebolag
owns 100% of Essity AustralAsia
SWE
Hygiene and health company
Spun off from the SCA group in 2017. Sales in 150 countries.

Company Assessment

Tom Organic Pty Ltd
Praise
This company makes or sells strictly vegan products, and has either signed PETA's statement of assurance or provided a statement verifying that they do not conduct or commission any animal tests.
Source: PETA (2023)
Information
This company was awarded the Certified Organic Non-Food Product of the Year at the Australian Organic Annual Awards 2018. The award was given by Australian Organic, owner of Australia's largest and most well known organic certification system.
Source: ACO (2018)
Founder Aimee Marks was awarded the Australian Organic Best Organic Influencer/Educator Award for her role in educating women and girls about health. The award was given in 2019 by Australian Organic, owner of Australia's largest and most well known organic certification system. In 2019 Tom Organic also won the Best New Organic Certified Product Award.
Source: ACO (2019)
Founder Aimee Marks was awarded the Australian Organic Young Leader Award for her role in educating women and girls about health. The award was given in 2014 by Australian Organic, owner of Australia's largest and most well known organic certification system.
Source: ACO (2014)
In 2017 this company was awarded Business of the Year at the Australian Organic Annual Awards. Each year Australian Organic, Australia's largest and most well known organic certification system, celebrates the contribution of their clients to the organic industry by showcasing the year's most outstanding organic products, businesses and individuals.
Source: ACO (2017)
This company was one of the first to be accredited with the B Corporation Certification, however they are no longer certified. Certified B Corporations use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corps meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards; meet higher legal accountability standards; and build business constituency for good business.
This company has supported The Babes Project since 2018. Founded by practicing Christian Helen Parker in 2009, The Babes Project runs crisis pregnancy centres, which aim to "empower and support women in their pregnancy and early parenting".
Essity AustralAsia
Praise
This company received a packaging performance level of 4 (Leading) in its 2024 APCO Annual Report. Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is a not-for-profit organisation leading the development of a circular economy for packaging in Australia. Each year, APCO Members are required to submit an APCO Annual Report and Action Plan, which includes an overall performance level from 1 (Getting Started) to 5 (Beyond Best Practice).
Source: APCO (2024)
Information
This company manufactures 51 sanitary papaer products which have received the Environmental Choice New Zealand Ecolabel, provided by the New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust.
This company holds Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Certification, and sells products certified as FSC Controlled Wood, FSC Mix, and FSC Recycled.
Source: FSC (2023)
Company retails, manufactures or distributes products that are certified organic under the Australian Certified Organic label.
Source: ACO (2022)
This company has a number of sustainability claims on its website, in areas such as combating climate change and minimise environmental impact, supporting responsible forestry and improving hygiene standards.
This company is a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), a not-for-profit, membership organisation that leads work with buyers and suppliers to deliver improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Tens of thousands of companies use Sedex to manage their performance around labour rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics.
According to data released by the Australian Tax Office in Jan 2022, this company was one of many local and foreign-based companies that paid no tax in Australia in 2019-20. Please note however that companies pay income tax on profits, not revenue (total income). While some companies use tax havens and loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of tax in Australia, other companies that paid no tax have perfectly legitimate reasons.
Source: ATO (2022)
Essity Aktiebolag
Praise
In 2023, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change risk. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Climate Change score of A-.
Source: CDP (2023)
In 2023, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts towards removing commodity-driven deforestation and forest degradation from its direct operations and supply chains. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Forests score of A.
Source: CDP (2023)
The 2024 Social Benchmark assesses the world's 2,000 most influential companies on their responsibility in meeting society's fundamental expectations towards three measurement areas: respecting human rights, providing decent work, and acting ethically. This company was assessed in 2024 and received a score of 11.5/20. The average score was an alarmingly low 4.6/20 and the highest score was 15.5/20.
This company received an S&P Global ESG Score of 75/100 in the Household Products category of the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual evaluation of companies' sustainability practices (last updated 23 Sep 2022). The rankings are based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, environmental reporting, climate strategy, human rights and labour practices.
The 2024 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list by Corporate Knights is based on a rigorous assessment of nearly 7,000 public companies with revenue over US$1 billion. All companies are scored on sustainable revenue and investment, gender and racial diversity, CEO pay versus employee average, CEO bonuses based on sustainability performance, taxes paid and contributions to employee pensions. This company ranked #68 in the Global 100, with an overall score of C+.
Criticism
Greenpeace's 2017 report "Wiping Away the Boreal" reveals how this company is involved in the destruction of the last critical forest landscapes in Sweden's Great Northern Forest.
In 2018 this company's CEO was presented the Greenpeace 'Golden Chainsaw Award', an accolade granted to those in influential positions that fail to act to protect the world's forests.
Forest 500 identifies the 350 companies and 150 financial institutions with the greatest exposure to tropical deforestation risk, and annually assesses them on the strength and implementation of their deforestation and human rights commitments. This company received a score of 34%.
The PalmOil Scan app, produced by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), rates companies on their commitment to sourcing sustainable palm oil. Companies are scored on their use of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), commitment to sourcing CSPO, on-the-ground conservation action, and membership to the RSPO. Companies can earn a rating of Excellent, Good, Poor or No Commitment. This company is rated "Poor" (retrieved 18 Nov 2023).
Source: WAZA (2023)
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As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: adopt a science-based emissions reduction target.
This company has extensive sustainability claims on its website.
This company is a member of the Better Cotton Initiative, a voluntary program which encourages the adoption of better management practices in cotton cultivation to achieve measurable reductions in key environmental impacts, while improving social and economic benefits for cotton farmers, small and large, worldwide.
This company is a signatory to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, whose goal is to eliminate plastic pollution at its source.
In 2022 after more than 170 nations backed a historic UN resolution to end plastic pollution, global businesses across the plastics value chain, financial institutions, and NGOs came together to announce a common vision for an effective and ambitious Global Treaty to End Plastic Pollution. The vision will form the basis for future policy engagements with governments through a newly launched Business Coalition for a Global Plastics Treaty which will be convened by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and WWF. This company has endorsed the vision statement of the treaty.
This company is a member of How2Recycle. The How2Recycle Label is a voluntary, standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. It involves a coalition of forward thinking brands who want their packaging to be recycled and are empowering consumers through smart packaging labels. Companies must be a member of the program to use the How2Recycle Label.
This company is a partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, whose stated mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works with business, government and academia to build a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design.
As You Sow's 2024 Plastic Promises Scorecard measures the corporate ambition and action of 225 large companies across six industries on six core pillars of plastic packaging pollution prevention: 1) Recyclability, 2) Reduction, 3) Recycled Content, 4) Recovery, 5) Reuse, and 6) Producer Responsibility. This company received a grade of C-.

Company Details

Type:
Wholly-owned subsidiary

Contact Details

Address:
11 Princes St, St Kilda, VIC, 3182, Australia
Phone:
03 8534 8030
Website:
www.thetomco.com

Products / Brands

TOM Organic
TOM Organic Feminine Hygiene
★ certified organic