Edgewell Australia
Personal care products
Energizer spun off its personal care brands in 2015 to create Edgewell.

Overall

Owned USA
Rating D
About the Ratings

Company Ownership

Edgewell Personal Care Pty Ltd
AUS
Edgewell Personal Care Company
owns 100% of Edgewell Personal Care Pty Ltd
USA
Personal care products
Founded in 2015 when Energizer spun off its personal care brands. Their portfolio contains over 25 brands available in more than 50 countries.

Company Assessment

Edgewell Personal Care Pty Ltd
Praise
This company received a packaging performance level of 3 (Advanced) 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
In November 2017 Choice reported that seven Banana Boat sunscreens failed to meet the advertised SPF 50+ claims by more than half, resulting in the potential filing of a class action lawsuit by a mother and her five children.
In 2021 the Therapeutic Goods Administration's Complaints Resolution Panel upheld a complaint about an ad by this company on the grounds that it breached advertising codes. The ad was subsequently withdrawn.
Edgewell Personal Care Company
Praise
America's Most Responsible Companies 2022 by Newsweek and Statista recognises the Top 500 most responsible companies in the United States. Companies were evaluated in three areas: environmental (waste, energy use, etc.), social (leadership diversity, employees and philanthropy) and governance (transparency and economic performance). This company received a total score of 79.1/100, ranking 17th in the Consumer Goods sector, and 142nd overall.
Criticism
This company received an S&P Global ESG Score of 14/100 in the Personal Products category of the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual evaluation of companies' sustainability practices (last updated 7 Feb 2021). 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.
This company scores Ethical Consumer's worst rating for their use of palm oil, signifying they are using no or minimal certified palm products, and with no or minimal positive commitments.
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)
Information
This company uses plastic microbeads in some of its personal care products. These particles are not retained by wastewater treatment so end up in the ocean where they contribute to ocean plastic pollution, and are hazardous to sea life. While the effects of microplastics on human health are not completely understood, there are concerns about plastic additives, such as phthalates, which are known endocrine disruptors which are shown to have harmful effects on life.
In 2016 Greenpeace East Asia ranked the world's 30 biggest personal care companies on their commitment to eliminating microbeads from their personal care products. The scorecard was based on four main criteria: commitment & transparency, definition, deadline and global application. This company was one of the lowest ranked.
This company has a number of sustainability claims on its website in the areas of worker safety, community support and reducing the environmental impacts of their products, packaging and manufacturing operations.
This company has a publicly available policy documents on its website for supplier code of conduct, conflict minerals sourcing and animal testing.
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.
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 C.
Source: CDP (2023)
California, the UK and Australia have all enacted legislation requiring companies operating within their borders to disclose their efforts to eradicate modern slavery from their operations and supply chains. Follow the link to see this company's disclosure statement.

Company Details

Type:
Wholly-owned subsidiary

Contact Details

Address:
Bldg C/ 11 Talavera Rd, Macquarie Park, NSW, 2113, Australia
Freecall:
1800 761 186
Website:
www.bananaboat.com.au

Products / Brands

Edgewell Australia
Banana Boat Lip Care
Banana Boat Sunscreen
Schick Shavers
Schick Mens Grooming
Wet Ones Tissues
Wilkinson Sword Mens Grooming
Wilkinson Sword Shavers