COMPANY INFORMATION AND PRODUCTION PROCESSES
What is the origin of the name Davines and how do you pronounce it?
The Bollati family established Davines in 1983 in Parma, Italy. The company started as a research laboratory specialized in the production of top quality hair and skin care products for renowned cosmetic companies worldwide. Davines is a combination of the names Davide (Chairman of the company) and his sister Stefania. It is pronounced Da-vee-ness.
Where are Davines products made? Are they made in Italy?
Every Davines product is designed, formulated and produced on our premises and in our laboratories in Parma. Therefore, they are all made in Italy.
What are the vision and values of the Davines brand?
At Davines we believe that the balance between beauty and sustainability, what we call “sustainable beauty”, can improve our lives and the world around us. By creating "beauty” we want to encourage people to take care of themselves, of the environment in which they live and work and of the things they love. For Davines, sustainability represents the brand’s responsibility to ourselves, the people we work with, our customers, and the world in which we live and operate.
What does “zero impact packaging” mean?
The cornerstones on which we base our packaging selection process are: using as little raw material as possible, using recyclable material, optimizing logistics and implementing quality controls to avoid waste. We only use the minimum amount of plastic needed to contain and protect our products; we only use primary packaging and have eliminated external cardboard boxes and if this is not possible, we prefer recycled or compostable materials; when possible, we develop packaging that can be reused; we also use recyclable materials for the creation of our packaging. Several years ago, we adopted a policy of compensation for the emission of greenhouse gas, aiming for “carbon neutrality” of the packaging of our most popular product lines. Davines was the first Italian company in the professional cosmetic sector to join LifeGate's Zero Impact® project.
In 2018, Davines achieved carbon neutrality in packaging for all of the Group’s product lines, compensating Co2 emissions with the creation and protection of forests in various areas of the world and, in particular, by supporting the Ethio Trees project for the regeneration of land and forests in Ethiopia, supporting local farming communities for the procurement of drinking water.
Does Davines use renewable energy?
The Davines Village is carbon neutral. In our factories and offices, we use only electricity and thermal energy (biomethane) from renewable sources. These inexhaustible sources of energy do not emit CO2, do not pollute, and are constantly renewed. Every product we formulate, design and produce is manufactured using clean energy.
Which products contain Slow Food ingredients?
Our SU line, for hair protection during the summer, our A Single Shampoo and our Essential Haircare families contain a specific active ingredient produced in the Mediterranean area by Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, a non-profit association that combines the promotion of gastronomic culture with the protection of environmentally sustainable productions.
What is the Carta Etica?
“Davines does not aim to be the biggest company in the world, but to be the most beautiful and the most ethical thanks to everyone’s commitment. Davide Bollati - chairman of the Davines group (during the 2006 meeting where the Carta Etica was handed out to Davines employees). Our Carta Etica is inspired by the concept of beauty taken from an ancient philosophy that unequivocally associates “beauty” with “goodness”. After years of work with a philosopher advisor, Davines employees have put together a list of professional values related to behaviour and work ethics, and to the way in which small everyday gestures can improve the work environment. It is basically a tool that helps us to describe how the Davines way of working is conceived and perceived. Unlike strict codes, our Carta does not contain rules or instructions. We work every day to ensure that this cohesion from shared values reverberates in the quality of our services. In this perspective, the Carta Etica has become fundamental for our vision of beauty.
Are Davines products tested on animals?
As of 2004, European cosmetic regulations prohibit testing of finished products on animals: even before that, Davines had never used animal testing. As regards raw materials, they stopped being tested on animals only in 2013: as a member of Unipro, Davines has always supported the research of alternative solutions to the testing of raw materials on animals.
Why has Davines become a B Corp? What does it mean?
The Davines Group has been a B Corp since 2016. The certification awarded by the Italian body B Lab is a result of the company’s new way of doing business, combining profit making with the objective of generating a positive impact on people and on the environment; this is expressed through the continuous development of new projects inside and outside the company to positively affect the environment and the people.