ON COSMETIC PRODUCTS AND INGREDIENTS
We were the first global beauty brand to fight against animal testing in cosmetics. Over the last 28 years, we’ve worked with our campaign partner Cruelty Free International and our collective efforts helped lead to a European Union ban in 2013. But that isn’t enough. Animals continue to be killed for beauty, and we want to end this cruelty everywhere and forever.
Together, let’s take a stand to finally ban cosmetic testing on animals everywhere. Join our Forever Against Animal Testing campaign by signing this petition.
We want to get 8 million signatures to present the UN General Assembly in 2018.
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WHAT WE BELIEVE
We have always believed in beauty without cruelty and in campaigning for change. That’s why together with Cruelty Free International, we were the first global cosmetics company to campaign against animal testing. Today we’re continuing to fight for our vision for a world without animal testing in cosmetics. We are cruelty-free, 100% vegetarian and Leaping Bunny certified.
In fact, we were one of the first companies to be certified with the Leaping Bunny logo, back in 1997. The Leaping Bunny logo is the only internationally-recognised certification that enables consumers to easily identify and purchase cosmetic and toiletry products that have not been tested on animals. It is the only certification that requires each company to be open to an independent audit throughout their supply chain to ensure that they adhere to their animal testing policy and the Leaping Bunny strict criteria. The Leaning Bunny logo is being added onto all of our packaging in a steady process. All our products are cruelty-free. If you have a product from The Body Shop and don’t see the Leaping Bunny logo, you can rest assured that it’s still cruelty-free and accredited by Cruelty Free International.
We have never tested any of our ingredients or products on animals and we never will, and we only source ingredients from suppliers who meet the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny certification. No ifs, ands or buts: you can ensure that The Body Shop products are cruelty-free. That’s why we proudly display the Leaping Bunny logo in our stores. Not every cosmetic company is able to achieve this standard.
It requires a significant commitment by our business, including regular audits by Cruelty Free International. On a day-to-day basis, we are extremely rigorous in our approach. We request verification from every supplier every year that they are not using ingredients tested on animals. If we don’t get this commitment, we’ll change suppliers, in some cases we’ve had to remove the ingredient altogether and reformulate our products.
SO HOW DO WE TEST?
The Body Shop products undergo extensive testing to ensure they are safe and effective for use, while remaining cruelty-free. We use three main testing methods involving computer data, laboratory-created tissues and people:
In-silico (computer-based) analysis uses readily available, existing data which will help us to assess the suitability of similar materials through a process of extrapolation of this information.
Laboratory-produced EpiSkin, is grown from human skin cells and allows us to conduct safety checks on cells that react in virtually the same way as human skin without harming any people or animals.
Finally, to ensure good tolerance on people we will often test our products using patch testing, which involves placing a very small amount of product on person’s skin to ensure that it is safe and effective, usually at the final stage of testing a new formulation. We will also carry out controlled user trials where people test our products for both skin compatibility and cosmetic effectiveness, under the supervision of medical experts when required.
A HISTORY OF FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S RIGHT
1989: LAUNCH OF OUR AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING INITIATIVE
The Body Shop started campaigning to end animal testing in cosmetics, the first global cosmetics company to do so.
1998: UK BANS ANIMAL TESTING
Following our sustained campaign, the UK government banned animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients.
2004: FIRST EU ANIMAL TESTING BAN
Campaigning by The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International (then known as the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, or BUAV) contributed to a European Union ban on animal testing in cosmetic products.
2009: SECOND EU ANIMAL TESTING BAN
The European Union implements its ban on animal testing in cosmetic ingredients.
2013: THE EU BANS THE SALE OF ALL COSMETICS TESTED ON ANIMALS
We celebrate history. The sale and import of animal tested products and ingredients is banned, completing the EU ban. Our campaign with Cruelty Free International collects 1 million signatures, influencing significant progress across the world as South Korea, New Zealand and India now have a variety of bans in place. Australia is set to follow with a ban promised by July 2017 as is Taiwan in 2019. Cruelty Free International have trained scientists in Vietnam and are now discussing with Thailand and other governments the possibility of a ban across ASEAN.
LET’S BAN ANIMAL TESTING WORLDWIDE
We’ve highlighted the countries where animal testing is banned today. Not many, right? That needs to change.