Animal Welfare

The Est\u00E9e Lauder Companies

Animal Welfare

We are committed to the elimination of all animal testing on all cosmetic products and ingredients worldwide.

Our Statement

At The Estée Lauder Companies, the safety of our consumers is our highest priority. We utilize the latest advances in non-animal safety testing and human volunteer testing to deliver products of the highest safety and quality to our consumers. We do not test our products or ingredients on animals, or ask others to test on our behalf, except where required by law.

We are proud that we were one of the first cosmetic companies to establish that cosmetic safety can be demonstrated by non-animal testing methods. There are, however, still some countries that believe they need to conduct or require animal testing in order to validate the safety of cosmetic ingredients or products. Our Company and all of our brands remain dedicated to the elimination of animal testing on all cosmetic products and ingredients worldwide. We believe that animal testing should not be needed to validate safety of cosmetic products or ingredients and we are encouraging the use of alternatives and the elimination of such animal testing globally.
What does "except where required by law" mean?
Some scientific or regulatory authorities may still conduct or require animal testing by law of cosmetic products or ingredients to demonstrate safety. For example, before we are able to import any of our products into China, the Chinese government requires all importers of cosmetics, including us,  to pay for animal testing that is conducted by a government-mandated laboratory in China.
Can't you choose not to sell your products in these countries?
As a global company, we are committed to providing our products and services to our consumers where they live, and we must comply with all legal requirements in the countries where we do business.
What are you doing to end animal testing?
We will continue to work hard to end animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients. We are strong advocates that cosmetic product and ingredient safety can be proven by means other than animal testing. As a Company, we conduct or commission only in vitro and human volunteer testing to establish the safety and efficacy of our products—and we will continue to diligently advance the acceptance of the existing alternatives to animal testing everywhere we sell our products.
We have a number of programs and activities to advance this goal:
• We contribute funds to and actively participate in the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a
US-based non-profit research and testing consortium dedicated to the advancement of in vitro (non-animal) methods worldwide. IIVS develops and implements programs where in vitro testing is not accepted in order to educate scientists on the scientifically validated safety record of these methods.
• We have consistently supported the research program coordinated by the European trade association, Cosmetics Europe, since its inception 20 years ago, for the replacement of animal tests. This broad program includes projects co-funded by the European Commission such as SEURAT (Safety Evaluation Ultimately Replacing Animal Testing).
• We are members of the European Partnership for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EPAA), an initiative launched in 2005 by stakeholders from various industries, including the European Commission, to promote the sharing of knowledge across industries and facilitate the validation and acceptance of alternative test methods and strategies.