Estée Lauder (owner of Origins)
• Estée Lauder sells perfumes, cosmetics, skin care and personal care products in over 130 countries, and is one of the biggest names in beauty.
• Estée Lauder has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, which calls for the removal of cancer-causing ingredients from personal care products.
• Estée Lauder subsidiary Aveda has established itself as an innovator committed to environmental sustainability and offers an all-natural product line, uses recycled paper, and is engaged in promoting the use of sustainably produced catalogs and magazines.
• By not following Aveda's lead, Estée Lauder is missing opportunities to advance social responsibility across its other areas of its operations.
• In 2005, Estée Lauder and other major cosmetics manufacturers and retailers announced they would give away $175 million in products to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the companies of price fixing.
• Find green cosmetic and beauty options at Go Green.
-- Profile Updated 07/01/2010
About Estée Lauder
Headquartered in New York City, Estée Lauder sells perfumes, cosmetics, skin care and personal care products in over 130 countries. The company employs 23,700 people and recorded sales of $6.463 billion in 2006.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is an alliance of environmental, health, religious, labor, consumer and women’s groups working together to clean up the cosmetics industry. Estee Lauder, Avon, L'Oreal and Proctor & Gamble are the major targets of the campaign for failing to eliminate dangerous chemicals and carcinogens from their product lines. Although Estee Lauder claims that all their products come with a "promise to uphold the finest standards of excellence" it still refuses to sign onto the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. Campaign sponsors are calling on consumers to contact Estee Lauder and other companies and pressure them to eliminate hazardous ingredients from their make-up and personal care products.
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Contact Estée Lauder
New York, NY 10153 USA
Health and Safety
Friends of the Earth issued a report detailing the risks of nanomaterials found in cosmetics, sunscreens, and personal care products. The study demonstrates how a variety of nanoparticles can be toxic to human tissue and skin cultures. Numerous prominent cosmetic companies, such as Procter & Gamble, L'Oreal, and Estée Lauder, continue to sell products containing nano-scale ingredients. Friends of the Earth is calling for a moratorium on further commercial release of such products, a withdrawal of those currently on the market until further studies have been completed, and regulations put into place for the general public, workers manufacturing such products, and environment.
-- Friends of the Earth, 05/01/2006
In June 2004, Estée Lauder was named one of the liable parties in two lawsuits involving hazardous waste in two of New York's landfills. Estee Lauder is liable for an estimated clean-up cost of $16 million for its role in contaminating Blydenburgh landfill in Hauppauge, NY with solvents, paints, dyes, and other waste products. Similarly, the company is also being held responsible for a similar cleanup at a landfill in Huntington/East Northport, NY. Cleanup costs are estimated to be around $20 million.
-- Hazardous Waste Superfund Week, 06/10/2004
Ethics and Governance
In March 2005, Estée Lauder and other major cosmetics manufacturers and retailers announced they would give away $175 million in products to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the companies of price fixing. Under the terms of the settlement, some 39 million customers who purchased upscale cosmetics or fragrance items between May 29, 1994, and July 16, 2003, would be eligible for a free product valued between $18 and $25. Additionally, the companies agreed to pay $24 million in attorneys fees, cover related marketing and distribution costs, and not "fix, establish, control or maintain the retail price at which any department store may offer for sale or sell" cosmetics and fragrances.
-- Monterey County Herald, 03/10/2005
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In 2003, three former employees of Estée Lauder filed a $70 million lawsuit against the company charging several executives with racial, sexual and disability discrimination that took place "on a daily basis" over several years. When announcing the lawsuit, the workers from the Melville, NY, office of Estée Lauder, played a 35-minute audiotape of a conversation with a former manager that they say supported their charges. One of the workers said he secretly recorded the conversation -- which included multiple sexual, ethnic and racial slurs concerning co-workers -- in order to alert his superiors to the working environment, but said no action was taken. One of the plaintiffs said in the lawsuit that he was passed over for promotions because of his cancer. He said he continued to work despite the discrimination because he needed to pay his medical bills. The two other plaintiffs who are African American, said they experienced multiple incidents of racial and sexual discrimination and harassment, including slurs and pornographic e-mails. According to Newsday, "the lawsuit is the fifth employment discrimination filed in New York against Estee Lauder Inc. since 1996, according to public records, which only indicated that the other cases were closed."
-- Newsday, 07/10/2003
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