As the UK health and beauty market is set to reach £27 billion by 2020, Sainsbury’s, one of the largest retailers in the UK, was in 2018 laying the foundations for a major makeover of its beauty range, designed to bring its customers the best beauty offering of the high street in a convenient supermarket setting. As part of the makeover, over 1,500 new products were introduced as a result of range expansions and the arrival of new and exclusive brands customers might not expect to find in a supermarket. In preparation for the launch of their own BOUTIQUE cosmetics range, Sainsbury decided to partner up with S&J to work on all aspects of the product development as well as the continued ongoing range management.
We are proud that this combined commitment and dedication to the BOUTIQUE cosmetics range has resulted in overwhelming positive reviews by the press and bloggers and since the launch in October 2018 we have seen continuously strong sales growth in 2019. We, at S&J, are very honored to have been recognized by Sainsbury for our contribution to the partnership during the recent Annual Supplier Conference in Hong Kong where S&J was presented with the Best Partnership Award 2018.
Innovation is constant in the cosmetics and personal care industry where brands have to innovate to continue being in line with consumer demands. Consumers are getting more and more attentive to quality, effectiveness and immediate results while at the same time focusing on sustainability and being environmental consciousness. Consumers want to know where the ingredients are coming from and whether all of it is ethical and safe. We are very proud of been recognized as a “TOP INNOVATIVE ORGANIZATION” from the National Innovation Agency and the Securities Exchange of Thailand (SET) where our company has been assessed to the highest level with outstanding development in innovative strategies and creating an innovation culture as well as being able to lead the organization to innovation excellence in a sustainable manner.
In S&J, we are continuously seeking out the new and future trend ingredients that will differentiate our products and will excite and engage consumers. Our innovation captures and covers the breadth of the market depending on your brand’s needs, whether for premium, mid-market or price-sensitive sectors. As one of the major international beauty and personal care manufacturers, our focus is on affordable innovation, and exceptional quality for world markets. We recognize that every brand has a unique personality, and we tailor our innovation to the brand’s needs and whilst always quick to market, we never compromise our standards for quality, and we never compromise on safety in any aspect of our products or business.
The Securities Exchange of Thailand (SET) has granted sustainability awards since 2006 to recognize listed companies with outstanding performance in sustainable development and honor them as exemplary models for other companies. We at S&J International are honored to once again in 2018 to have received the “Outstanding SET Sustainability Award 2018” and “The Thailand Sustainability Investment Award 2018” from the Securities Exchange of Thailand (SET) and we are a strong supporter of SET’s mission to build a strong foundation for responsible and sustainable growth of the capital market in the long run.
Recognizing the importance of a sustainable development to strengthen the capital market in the long run, SET has developed the corporate sustainable practices of listed companies that are key players of the capital market’s sustainable development. The aim is to boost consistent economic growth, while promoting social responsibility and environmental stewardship with corporate governance. We at S&J International are very proud to be the only Consumer Products Company in Thailand to be on the Sustainability Investment list – the list is showcasing listed companies with outstanding performance on Environmental, Social and Governance aspects from SET’s annual sustainability assessment.
We were delighted with our participation in “Make-Up in Los Angeles 2019” on February 27 & 28 where we presented new innovations and trends in make-up for 2019 and beyond. We have since 2015 participated in these beauty industry arranged trade shows where suppliers, brands and trend setters come together in the heart of cities like Paris, New-York, Seoul, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles & Shanghai – our team’s talent and commitment have once again exceeded our expectations and we are proud to have won numerous awards such as, to mention a few – ’Lip Topping’ device at the “Make-Up in New York 2016, ‘Sparkling Eye Shadow’ in New York 2017, “Multifunctional Ball” in Los Angeles 2018 and once again in Los Angeles in 2019 we with the “Hydro Matte Skin Prime” were recognized for delivering exceptional performance and innovation. The beauty industry is driven by innovation – and innovation is our strongest differentiator!
The make-up market remains the most dynamic segment in the «Beauty» sector worldwide – creativity, trends and innovations are never lagging behind and are the cutting-edge of make-up brands in the world. Whether dramatic, diva, indie, or sheer, S&J is constantly developing a vast and vibrant color library and combines exceptional textures and high performance that follow and define markets trends. Our innovation in face, eyes, lips & nails captures and covers the breadth of the market depending on your brand’s needs, whether for premium, mid-market or price-sensitive sectors. As one of the major international beauty manufacturers, our focus is on affordable innovation, and exceptional quality for world markets.”
The FAIRTRADE International Organization provides a way for producers, businesses, and consumers to help make a positive change, for themselves and for others. All businesses that work with FAIRTRADE are held to rigorous FAIRTRADE standards, which drive income sustainability, community and individual well-being, empowerment, environmental stewardship and taking steps to protect the planet.
The FAIRTRADE Mark is recognized by consumers around the world as the leading social and sustainable development Mark. It inspires high trust around the world that a considered customer purchase improves the lives of people and communities in developing countries. In S&J, we use FAIRTRADE certified ingredients in our formulas for our beauty and personal care products as it means that the working conditions where the ingredient is produced uphold a standard of working conditions considered humane and ethical.
We are proud of being FAIRTRADE certified as it demonstrates and acknowledge S&J’s 100% commitment to working conditions, transparency, the environment and gender equity.
We are delighted that S&J’s Research & Development Director, Dr. Malyn Ungsurungsie will be a distinguished speaker at the forthcoming In-cosmetics Asia Show, held this year At BITEC, Bangkok from 30th October – 1st November 2018. With anti-aging an ever-popular topic within the industry, Dr. Malyn’s “Anti-aging Formulation Trends” presentation, at 1:30 p.m. on 1st November, will undoubtedly be very well-attended.
At S&J we are firmly committed to improving our overall social, economic and environmental performance in a transparent and positive way. We admire, and aspire to match, companies such as Natura, Brazil’s biggest cosmetic brand, an avid follower of the Benefit Corporation Standard that provides a standard for measurement of overall performance. We accept that there is always scope for improvement, but we strive to adhere to social, economic and environmental principles to the best of our ability.
At S&J, our aim is to have gender equality and we strive to provide the same outcomes and privileges to both men and women.
Our basic framework to ensure equality includes:
– Equal pay for the jobs or roles which are the same
– No barriers to participate fully in the workplace
– No discrimination with regards to family and caregiving responsibilities
– Equal access to leadership positions
We are proud of our non-discrimination and equality policy which has resulted in that 74% of S&J’s employees are female, with a majority of senior management positions held by women. In our business, gender is never a bar to promotion and being a valued team member.
The Forest Stewardship Council is a global non-profit organization that sets the standards for what is a responsibly managed forest, both environmentally and socially. We are delighted to have been granted the FSC chain of custody certification that tracks FSC-certified material from forest to store, and embraces all our paper-based packaging.
FSC Certification covers much more than the trees themselves – it also ensures that local communities are respected, the habitats of endangered plant and animal species are protected, and that workers are properly paid.
We are also firm supporters of Fair Trade, whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and improved social and environmental standards.
S&J products are a blend of organic ingredients and over the past 7 years we have worked extremely hard to eliminate, or reduce to minimal levels, all potentially harmful chemicals from both our products and production processes. For example, sodium lauryl sulphate, triethanolamine and triclosan, which have been deemed harmful in excessive quantities, have been totally removed from our products, and others reduced to minimal levels, well below harmful levels.