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From: Samantha Raybould [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2012 11:28 PM
To: Fleur Dawes
Subject: animal testing – grey ares
How are you?
I have a few questions that I was hoping you could clarify for me regarding animals testing?
Firstly why is it that the body shop are buav approved when they are owned by L’Oreal? I find it very hard to believe that l’oreal aren’t profiting from the body shop
What is the buav’s stance on Superdrug being BUAV approved yet donating money to cancer research who DO test on animals?
I have read that Liz Earle are joining forces with Avon will they lose their leaping bunny seal of aproval since Avon are potentially being sued for basically lying about animal testing?
Sorry these are awkward questions but I have to ask them when I’m so ‘pro the buav’ and people are finding more and more things to fault in general all the time about ‘trusting’ companies and organisations 100|%
Hope you are well
Thank you for your Email which Fleur has forwarded to me. She is currently on annual leave. Please find below our response to your concerns. I hope this will help to clarify our position for you. If not, please feel free to send any follow up questions.
Director of Communications & Special Projects
The HCS is the only globally recognised certification for cosmetics and toiletries which demonstrates a genuine commitment to no animal testing within a company’s own-brand products. It is run in conjunction with a coalition of animal protection groups in Europe and North America operating in 24 countries.
In order to become certified, companies have to meet rigorous criteria and commit to the following:
• Apply a fixed cut-off date after which they no longer conduct or commission animal tests
• Not purchase cosmetics ingredients or raw materials that have been animal tested after the same fixed cut-off date
• Verify the strict implementation of their fixed cut-off date with supplier assurances
• Submit to independent auditing
Other cruelty-free lists do not have the same strict requirements as the HCS, often relying on unverified company statements alone. Only HCS certified companies have been required to adopt a cut-off date, open their supply chain to monitoring, and submit to external audit requirements.
The Body Shop implemented a fixed cut-off date in 1990, and as long as they retain accreditation through the HCS the BUAV can certify no animals will be harmed for their products or ingredients. The Body Shop operates as an independent entity with their values and animal testing policy intact. They have informed us that they only fund product development for their own products and do not fund any development that might require animal testing. However we understand that for some of our supporters this will not be enough, which is why we provide information about parent companies so you can make your own choice.
As the leading organisation working with cosmetics companies worldwide, the BUAV recognise the multinational nature of the cosmetic industry and the need for values-driven companies to expand and gain access to global markets. It is, therefore, inevitable that small, innovative companies will continue to be targets for partnership with larger corporations. Many ethical brands are part of larger corporations, and some certified companies, such as Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Superdrug and The Co-operative, sell a wide range of products including non-certified brands.
Our approach is transparent. We clearly mark on our website and in our Little Book of Cruelty Free which brands have a parent company that is not certified by the HCS so that supporters can make up their own minds. However, compassionate consumers send a strong message to major corporations when they choose to buy cruelty free products alone. We want to encourage consumers to shop with compassion on the high street and make cruelty free a mainstream issue. The only way to do this is to ensure large corporations hear our message.“