The Fragrance Creators Association (Fragrance Creators) discussed an array of results and updates the organization has delivered for businesses and consumers during its 2022 Annual Meeting held today in Morristown, New Jersey.
Fragrance Creators identified its top 2022 achievements including:
• Providing members access to key governmental officials at the White House, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, and Congress;
• Leading and successfully influencing on critical fragrance-related legislative issues, including ensuring proposals are based on sound science and protect industry competition and innovation;
• Encouraging stewardship principles throughout the industry that advance responsible industry growth; and
• Providing members with unique and meaningful predictive intelligence and custom compliance support tools.
The association plans to work on these priorities in 2023. During the public session of the meeting, former Senator Byron Dorgan and Dan Renberg of ArentFox Schiff LLP recapped the 2022 U.S. midterm elections and provided insights into the 2023 political landscape, including the impact on key Fragrance Creators’ priorities such as cosmetics modernization and trade policy.
In addition, attendees were updated on the European Union’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) and the essentiality of fragrance. Technical experts from the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), Procter & Gamble, and Estee Lauder provided attendees with background and a status update on the profoundly impactful CSS proposal.
During another session, executives from Arylessence, Procter & Gamble and the Estee Lauder Companies explored why humans have consistently relied on scents, and what makes fragrance an essential part of everyday life. They highlighted Fragrance Creators’ recent study in this area and future plans to continue the work in this important area to educate consumers.
Fragrance Creators announced its 2023 leadership with Cynthia Reichard, executive vice president of Arylessence and Robert Weinstein, Ph.D., CEO of Robertet USA continuing to co-chair the organization. During the meeting, Fragrance Creators members voted to confirm the 2023 Board of Directors Slate, and welcomed Kevin Whelan from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., Ken McAlister from The Lebermuth Company, Inc., and Jacqueline Liou from LVMH as the newest additions to the Board.
Reichard noted, “Representing industry at large is a profound responsibility, one that I know our membership will honor by supporting science-based regulation and smart policies that empower all good companies to thrive and deliver more for people, perfume, and the planet.”
Weinstein, shared, “Leadership matters, and it is an honor to serve as the chair of a values-driven organization—values that harness the power of foresight and that will continue to prevail as we work toward a better future."
Farah K. Ahmed, president & CEO, Fragrance Creators, shared, “This is the most important time in history for many trade associations, including ours. I am privileged to work with a leadership so committed to Fragrance Creators remaining a powerful forum for corporate leaders—responsible fragrance industry stewards—to forge innovative solutions made possible by working collectively in a pre-market environment. I look forward to working with our entire membership, putting science and industry stewardship first, to meet our future opportunities and challenges.”