Personal care and cleaning products manufacturer
Founded in Africa in 1879 by George Paterson and George Zochonis (PZ).
|PZ Cussons Plc||UK||website|
|PZ Cussons Plc|
This company uses microbeads in some of its personal care products. These particles are not retained by wastewater treatment so end up in the ocean. While microbeads aren't thought to be a health hazard to consumers, they are a threat to the marine environment.
[Source 2018][More on Oceans]
This company has signed a letter of intent (https://bit.ly/2rdBlwn) to participate in the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which claims will lift 50 million people in Africa out of poverty by 2022. But according to a 2015 report by ActionAid, the scheme will benefit multinational companies at the expense of small-scale farmers and is likely to increase poverty and inequality in Africa. Launched in 2012, the New Alliance provides aid money from rich countries like the US and the UK, and helps big business invest in the African agricultural sector. But in return, African countries are required to change their land, seed and trade rules in favour of big business. The New Alliance will: Make it easier for big corporations to grab land in Africa: Prevent farmers from breeding, saving and exchanging seeds: Heavily promote chemical fertilisers and pesticides, which increase farmers risk of debt as well as damaging the environment and farmers' health: Replace family farms with low paid, insecure jobs; and Prevent countries from restricting crop exports, even at times of domestic shortage.
[Source 2015][More on Finance]
This company has a number of environmental claims on its website including the sustainable sourcing of palm oil and wood pulp, plus reduction targets in the areas of carbon, packaging, waste and water consumption.
[Source 2013][More on Environmental claims]
PZ Cussons has a joint venture (PZ Wilmar Ltd) with Singapore's Wilmar International to develop 100,000 hectares of palm oil plantations plus build a palm oil refinery in Nigeria. Wilmar is the world's largest palm oil producer.
[Source 2013][More on Palm Oil]
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.
[Source 2018][More on Human Rights]
While this company claims "we do not conduct safety testing on animals in respect of any of our products, nor do we commission others to do so on our behalf", they do not appear on the cruelty free lists of PETA, Leaping Bunny or CCF, nor do they appear on PETA's list of companies who do test on animals. Our research indicates they do not sell cosmetics in China, where cosmetics products must, by law, be tested on animals. However they are listed on Uncaged as a company who makes deceptive claims and continues to benefit financially from chemical ingredients that have recently been tested on animals by their suppliers.
[Source 2013][More on Animal Testing]
|Company Structure||Public company|
|Revenue||819 million GBP in 2015|
|# Employees||5,000+ in 2015|
|Subsidiaries||PZ Cussons Australia Pty Ltd
- Five:am Life Pty Ltd
- Rafferty's Garden Pty Ltd
|Address||Stockport, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom|
Products / BrandsPZ Cussons Australia
Charles Worthington Shampoo
Duo Laundry Detergent
Fudge Urban Hair Styling
Imperial Leather Deodorant
Imperial Leather Soap
Imperial Leather Hand Wash/Sanitiser
Imperial Leather Bodywash/Shower Gel
Imperial Leather Mens Grooming
Morning Fresh Dishwashing Detergent
Nilodor Air Fresheners
Original Source Bodywash/Shower Gel
Original Source Hand Wash/Sanitiser
Pure Hand Wash/Sanitiser
Pure Bodywash/Shower Gel
Radiant Laundry Detergent
Rafferty's Garden Baby Food
St Tropez Tanning Lotions
Trix Dishwashing Detergent
five:am certified organic
five:am certified organic Flavoured Milk
five:am certified organic Custard & Desserts
five:am certified organic Muesli & Oats
PZ Cussons acquires five:am
13th Aug 2014 — PZ Cussons acquired Australian organic yoghurt makers five:am in August 2014. This follows PZ Cussons' acquisition of premium baby food brand, Rafferty's Garden in July 2013. [source]