Transparency and Disclosure – 2 Words for the Future

The Lempert Report
March 03, 2017

Kudos go out to Unilever for changing the HBA industry.

Kudos go out to Unilever for changing the HBA industry. Gone will be the word 'fragrance' from its extensive line of beauty care products as the company will now list detailed info on fragrance ingredients that are used in excess of 100 parts per million. For decades consumers have complained that many fragrances have caused allergies, rashes and other problems. And those calls to the 800 numbers have been for naught as the customer service operators were typically in the dark about what were the exact ingredients used to make those fragrances.  

Unilever deserves to be put on a pedestal and have their effort rewarded by consumers.  No doubt their competitors will follow suit and pretty soon the listings should become pervasive. Unilever’s goal is to have all the ingredients listed on SmartLabel by the end of 2018 as well as on their own websites that will also include explanations of the ingredients. 

Even pet food, another category where ingredient disclosures have been nebulous, is making inroads – take a look at Beyond Pet Food Youtube's Channel