At The Estée Lauder Companies, we believe it is important to treat animals humanely and with respect.
We do not test on animals and we do not ask others to test on our behalf, but because of requirements by law, our products can be tested on animals in some places in the world, such as China. We do not own any animal testing facilities—as a Company, we eliminated animal testing decades ago—and have only conducted or commissioned in vitro and human volunteer testing to establish the safety and efficacy of our products. In fact, The Estée Lauder Companies was one of the first cosmetic companies to establish that cosmetic safety can be demonstrated through non-animal testing methods.
We are committed to doing what we can to help eliminate animal testing worldwide. There are certain countries that still believe they need to conduct animal testing in order to validate the safety of cosmetic ingredients or products. We strongly disagree and are actively engaged in several initiatives to encourage the use of alternatives and the elimination of such animal testing globally.
In addition to working closely with our suppliers to ensure a supply chain that respects animal welfare, we have a number of additional programs and activities that also support our efforts:
- We contribute funds to and actively participate in the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a 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.
- We work in close partnership with industry, government and non-profit groups in countries that require animal testing to work together towards the elimination of this practice and the global acceptance of non-animal testing methods.
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