We strive to protect the beauty of our natural environment.
Formal commitment to setting an emissions reduction target in accordance with the terms of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)
Doubling renewable energy credits in 2021 and doubling them again in 2022
$1.6 M invested in energy management system retrofits
14,800 tons of waste diverted from landfill
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. At the same time, we recognize that the vast majority of our emissions occur outside of our direct footprint.
Today, our retail stores are the focus of our energy reduction efforts. Our Corporate Energy & Sustainability Team focuses on managing 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. At the same time, some of the sustainability challenges we face are uniquely tied to our business model—a comprehensive beauty destination with a full-service salon in close proximity to shopping areas. Here are a few of the factors we consider as we manage our stores’ footprint:
Maintaining safe indoor air for all customers even while hairsprays, dyes and other products are in use in our salons
Using adequate and energy-efficient lighting to help all of our products look their best
Managing in-store temperatures, considering changing weather, open concept store designs and guests who may have wet hair or have removed layers for salon treatments
Making efficient use of water needed for our salon services
Approximately 99% of our stores make use of an energy management system (EMS), which helps us actively conserve energy while saving on annual operating costs.
EMS technology has changed over time, creating additional opportunities for efficiency, which is why we spent $1.6 million in 2021 on EMS retrofits. These systems offer the following benefits:
Lighting management during and outside of retail hours
Early detection of malfunctioning equipment
Shifting or reducing electricity usage during peak periods, helping to stabilize the electric grid and lowering our utility bills
Advanced analytics, including fault detection, diagnostics and optimization
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.
We are continually looking for new ways to reduce our impact as our business grows. Beyond improving the sustainability of our products through Conscious Beauty at Ulta Beauty™, we recognize our responsibility to conserve water and minimize waste where possible.
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.