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Corporate Responsibility

At Ulta Beauty, we bring possibilities to life through the power of beauty. We believe in beauty for all, aspire to be beauty at its most inclusive, and are committed to making the world a better place.

That’s why the strategic focus of Ulta Beauty’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) work is leaving a positive legacy for our world. In fiscal 2020, we published a summary of our efforts toward this vision in our inaugural ESG Report.

This report captures our key initiatives and progress across four pillars:

  • People: Becoming the most admired retailer by associates and guests by offering meaningful work, a diverse and inclusive workplace and competitive benefits
  • Product: Offering a broad product assortment that meets guests’ evolving needs, including clean beauty and sustainable products through Conscious Beauty at Ulta Beauty
  • Community: Improving the lives of women and families in our communities through support of both national and hometown partners
  • Environment: We want to maintain the beauty of our environment and minimize our impact on the world around us

The report also describes Ulta Beauty’s strong corporate governance practices, diversity-forward actions, and commitment to operating an ethical business. Finally, it includes disclosures aligned with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Index, an industry-specific reporting framework that allows investors to more easily compare ESG performance across industry peers.

People

We want all associates to feel that they belong at Ulta Beauty and can be their true, authentic selves.

  • Inclusive teams. 82% of associates say their teams create a diverse and inclusive working environment
  • A place to learn and grow. A majority of promotions are internal
  • Being exactly who you are. 6,000+ women elevated to management roles in the past five years

There’s no place quite like Ulta Beauty
We’re on a mission to use the power of beauty to bring out the possibilities within every person, and that work begins with our associates. While we are diverse in so many ways, our people share a passion for redefining beauty and retail—and a desire to build fulfilling careers.

Growing with us
Ulta Beauty offers inspiring career paths for professionals at every level. We provide opportunities to gain new expertise not only through traditional training programs, but also through participation in cross-functional projects.

Changing how the world sees beauty
As a leader in the beauty industry, we have a responsibility to shape how the world sees and experiences beauty. Beauty can be fun, approachable and empowering, and we’re committed to using the power of beauty to create a more inclusive world.

Taking care of each other
Our commitment to our associates and their well-being—inside and outside of work—is one of our highest priorities. Ulta Beauty has carefully assembled a suite of benefits that affirms and supports all that our associates contribute each and every day.

Product

We empower guests to make informed choices about the products we offer.

  • Limitless assortment. 25,000+ SKUs across 600+ brands
  • The power of choice. Transparent information about product ingredients—so guests can choose what’s right for them
  • A Clean Beauty destination. 200+ brands certified by the Conscious Beauty at Ulta Beauty™ platform

We have been visionaries since day one. When Ulta Beauty was founded in 1990, prestige, mass and salon beauty products were sold through distinct channels. There was no single place that beauty lovers could go to meet all of their needs. We envisioned a new specialty retail concept that brought together a wide range of products, styles and price points: offering All Things Beauty. All in One Place.®

Today, our assortment continues to reflect the diversity of our guests. At our stores and at ulta.com, you’ll find more than 25,000 products across all categories and price points, including our private label, Ulta Beauty Collection®. We hold our vendors to the highest of industry standards. We expect all suppliers to sign a manufacturing agreement as well as a social compliance agreement. In addition, factory visits and third-party audits are conducted to evaluate work practices as appropriate. Ulta Beauty Collection® is currently a part of the Clean Ingredients and Cruelty Free pillars within the Conscious Beauty at Ulta Beauty program, with goals of being added to the Sustainable Packaging pillar by 2025 (learn more about Conscious Beauty at Ulta Beauty.)

Ulta Beauty Product

A clean beauty evolution
Today’s consumers are more interested than ever in choosing products that will support their overall health and wellness. They are also paying attention to the connection between their personal well-being and the well-being of workers, animals, communities and the environment. And they are increasingly supporting brands whose actions align with their own values.

Our sustainable packaging commitment
Sending less to the landfill means good things for the planet. According to Zero Waste Week, the global cosmetics industry produces 120 billion units of packaging annually. Much of that packaging is plastic, and the majority of it is not recycled. That’s why Sustainable Packaging is a key pillar of Conscious Beauty at Ulta Beauty.

Community

The Power To Improve Lives

We strive to make a positive difference in the communities where we live and work. That’s why, in 2016, we created the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation (UBCF) to enhance the wellbeing and education of women and families. Women make up the majority of our guests and our associates, and our donations help women across the country live to their fullest potential.

Our philanthropic efforts began in 2009, when we began our partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Since then, we have broadened our focus to support other organizations that help women and families thrive. We have since added two more national partners, Save the Children® and Dress for Success® Worldwide, who we support each year with monetary and in-kind donations, board leadership and volunteer service. UBCF has its own board made up of Ulta Beauty executives who help set policy and direction for the Foundation.

What they do
Works to prevent and cure breast cancer by supporting clinical and translational research at medical institutions across the world. $37 million+ raised since 2009.

How we help
Our donations fund the work of a diverse group of researchers. This support covers the entire spectrum of breast cancer research—from understanding metastatic disease to identifying new targets and treatments. We’ve been a partner since 2009.

Our impact

  • $37 million+ raised since 2009
  • $5.5 million raised in 2019, supporting 110,000 research hours for 25 researchers

Visit our A Gorgeous Way to Give page during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October to see how you can join us in making an impact or donate today at bcrf.org.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Myra Biblowit

BCRF could not do what it does without Ulta Beauty. The research projects Ulta Beauty funds enable us to advance areas of cancer research such as the efficacy of liquid biopsies, which will give us the opportunity to get better information from a simple blood draw rather than an invasive biopsy. This is game-changing for patients, accelerating a cure and survivorship.

Myra Biblowit, BCRF President & CEO

What they do
Works to give vulnerable children in the U.S. and around the world a healthy start in life and the opportunity to learn.

How we help
We implement a program once a year at the in-store point of sale. Associates also wore red in 2020 to raise awareness with guests, and associates had the opportunity to write letters to children in vulnerable communities. We’ve been a partner since 2016.

Our impact

  • $2.3 million raised since 2016 for education and emergency response programs
  • $1.2 million raised in two weeks in 2020, impacting 750,000 kids

What they do
Empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

How we help
UBCF provides Dress for Success® Worldwide with financial support, products and associate volunteer time. We adjusted to provide services virtually in 2020. We’ve been a partner since 2017.

Our impact

  • $500,000 donated since 2017
  • 22,000+ women impacted in 35 U.S. cities

Involvement

Wherever possible, we engage associates and guests in programs for giving back. During a typical year, associates will donate their time and talents to, for example, create hair and makeup styles for women looking to find employment or undergoing treatment for breast cancer, organize donation drives or participate in fundraising races. Meanwhile, guests can make contributions to our national partners at the register or online, and participate in Cut for a Cause®, where the cost of a service is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. Due to COVID-19, many of these in-person events have been temporarily suspended, and, as a result, we have shifted to focus on matching gifts for associates and reaching guests and our nonprofit partners’ clients online.

In late 2020, we organized Beauty on the Move, a virtual fitness event benefiting BCRF® and open to all associates. Associates pledged to get moving by running, walking, swimming or biking, and raised funds through donations from family and friends. More than 450 associates took part in the event and collectively raised nearly $110,000 for BCRF®.

Hometown Giving

Ulta Beauty’s corporate headquarters are located just outside the city of Chicago, and supporting organizations that support the area is one of our priorities. We’re also building partnerships with nonprofits that empower underserved individuals in Chicago and beyond.

For the past few years, we have developed relationships with the Chicago Area Urban League, which works to achieve equity for Black families and communities through social and economic empowerment; and Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, which helps unemployed job-seekers re-enter the workforce. Our support takes the form of donations, board service, volunteer time and even hands-on training on topics like interview skills. We increased our support for both of these organizations in 2020. We have hired more than 170 Chicagoans since we formed our partnership with Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, and the organization named us the 2020 Champion for the Unemployed for our efforts to hire the underserved and empower even more individuals to use their talents and skills to build a better future.

At this time, we are unable to accommodate unsolicited requests for donations, sponsorships, products or gift cards. We thank you for your understanding, and questions may be directed to communityrelations@ulta.com.

Environment

  • Industry leadership. #16 among the U.S. EPA’s top Retail Green Power Partners
  • Doing more with less. An estimated 486 tons of plastic saved, thanks to new, smaller shopping bags
  • Getting better all the time. Comparable store electricity consumption reduced by over 5 million kWh in the last four years

How we manage our footprint

Ulta Beauty strives to operate in an environmentally responsible manner. We have been implementing sustainability initiatives in our stores, distribution centers and corporate offices for years.

We have a dedicated Corporate Energy & Sustainability Team that focuses on managing our energy use and conserving resources across millions of square feet of real estate. The average Ulta Beauty store is approximately 10,000 square feet, with roughly 950 square feet devoted to full-service salon space. Like many companies, we face the challenge of minimizing our environmental footprint as our business grows. As we open new stores, increase foot traffic and expand salon services, we incorporate efficient technology and apply best practices for continuous improvement.

Minimizing our impact on the world energy & emissions

Our retail stores are the focus of our energy reduction efforts. Up to 99% of stores make use of an energy management system (EMS), which helps us actively conserve energy while saving on annual operating costs.

The EMS precisely controls temperature and ensures minimal lighting is in use outside of retail hours. The system also detects malfunctioning equipment before it impacts the store environment and wastes energy. An EMS allows Ulta Beauty stores to participate in automated demand response programs by shifting or reducing electricity usage during peak periods, helping to stabilize the electric grid. We also utilize peak load management, or demand-limiting, strategies to reduce peak demand and save on utility bills.

Ulta Beauty Environment

Since 2018, Ulta Beauty has earned recognition as a Green Lease Leader, a voluntary program led by the Institute for Market Transformation and the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Alliance that recognizes landlords and tenants for following practices that promote high-performance, healthy buildings. We earned Gold status in 2020 (up from Silver in 2018), making us the first small-box retail tenant to earn this designation. Our green lease option tracks energy and water usage, requests whole-building Energy Star scores, implements energy management best practices and accepts a cost recovery clause for energy efficiency upgrades.

5 million* kWh of electricity usage reduced since 2016 Equivalent to avoiding 3,600 metric tons* of GHG emissions.

Maintaining the beauty of our environment water & waste

We are continually improving and looking for new ways to reduce our impact as our business grows. This includes recognizing our responsibility to conserve water and minimize waste where possible.

The Ulta Beauty Green Group

Our associates are passionate about much more than beauty. The Ulta Beauty Green Group is an opportunity for corporate associate volunteers to connect and help us all be better environmental stewards across our stores, distribution centers and the corporate office. Initiatives the group has undertaken include replacing disposable coffee cups with reusable mugs in offices, hosting electronics recycling drives, encouraging paperless work practices, improving recycling systems and sharing monthly tips with fellow associates about how to live more sustainably.

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