• L’Oreal is the world's largest beauty products company including makeup, perfume, hair and skin care as well as conducting cosmetology and dermatology research.
• L’Oreal has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, which calls for the removal of toxins and potential carcinogens from personal care products.
• In October 2007 the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found that several red lipsticks manufactured by L'Oreal contained lead.
• L’Oreal's ownership is split among several entities, including Nestlé as a large stakeholder, which has been critiqued for its social and environmental policies.
• Visit Go Green and ask L’Oreal to support the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
-- Profile Updated 03/28/2011
L'Oreal is the world's largest beauty products company including makeup, perfume, hair and skin care as well as conducting cosmetology and dermatology research. It also owns a number of brands such as Maybelline, Lancôme, Redken and several European brands. L'Oreal reported revenues of $17.21 billion in 2005 with more than 52,403 employees worldwide. In March 2006, the Body Shop was taken over by L’Oreal.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Everyday products such as shampoo, deodorant and make-up contain chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other serious health consequences. Cosmetics manufacturers are allowed to use almost any chemical as an ingredient without government approval; however, some leading companies agree that cosmetics should be made with safe, non-toxic ingredients. Over 600 companies have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a pledge to make safe products and the campaign is calling for all cosmetics companies to do the same.
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New York, NY 10017 USA
Health and Safety
Two prominent environmental groups, Environmental Defense and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, commissioned a study of 17 perfumes sold in Canada. The study shows that all the tested perfumes contained chemicals not listed on labels that can trigger allergic reactions or disrupt hormones, amounting up to an average of 14 “secret chemicals” per tested perfume. These chemicals do not have to be specifically labeled due to a regulatory loophole that allows corporations to use the word “fragrance” on their label to protect the fragrances “trade secrets.” The report also revealed that galaxolide and tonalide, two endocrine disrupters, were found in 16 of the total 17 perfumes tested; these toxins have also been found inside the bodies of babies as fragrance chemicals can easily enter the body through inhalation or absorption through skin. The 17 name-brand perfumes, colognes and body sprays included Giorgio Armani’s Acqua Di Gio (owned by L’Oreal), Old Spice After Hours Body Spray, Axe Body Spray for Men, Bath & Body Works’ Japanese Cherry Blossom and Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Heavenly (owned by Limited Brands); the full list can be found on the Safe Cosmetics website.
-- Safe Cosmetics, 05/12/2010
Source URL: http://www.safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=652
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetic released a report in March 2009 that revealed 23 out of the 28 children’s bath products they tested contained formaldehyde, a chemical that increases skin sensitivity and irritates nasal and respiratory passages in addition to being considered a probable carcinogen by the EPA. 32 of 48 tested products contained 1,4-dioxane, which is also considered a probable human carcinogen by the EPA and a byproduct of the chemical processes used to make petroleum-based ingredients gentler to the skin. Nearly two-thirds of all tested products contained both of these harmful toxins. Brands tested in this study include Bath & Body Works (Limited Brands), Johnson & Johnson, CVS/Pharmacy, Unilever, L’Oreal, Wal-Mart, Kimberly-Clark, Target, Costco and Procter & Gamble. Organic Consumers Association has also recently released a report on brands that have sharply reduced levels of 1,4-dioxane since March 2008 that include 365 Everyday Value (Whole Foods), Earth Friendly Products, Ecco Bella, Giovanni, Jason, Johnson & Johnson, Kiss My Face, Life Tree, Method, Nature’s Gate, Planet Ultra, and Seventh Generation.
-- USA Today, 03/12/2009
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 Proctor & Gamble, L'Oreal, and Estee 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
Ethics and Governance
A French appeals court found Garnier, a subsidiary of L'Oreal based in France, guilty of racist employment practices when the company circulated a memo indicating that only young, white women should be sought out as sales associates to sell Garnier products in Paris. The health and beauty company was fined $40,865 plus $13,600 in legal fees, and one employee was given a suspended prison sentence. Garnier's director, Laurent Dubois and another employee were acquitted. L'Oreal has said it is not a racist company.
-- BBC News, 07/06/2007
Source URL: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6279418.stm
In October 2004, L'Oreal privately settled a discrimination case brought by a 58-year-old woman who said she was denied a promotion and fired because of her age. The woman, a senior director, alleged that she was harassed and denied a promotion to vice president of sales for one of L'Oreal's divisions. L'Oreal denied discriminating against the woman but agreed to give her a "neutral letter of reference" and remove all mention of her firing from her personnel file. The company also agreed not to retaliate against anyone who helped the woman or complained about age discrimination and to conduct a training session for managers and supervisors, the commission said.
-- Supreme Court of California, 10/05/2004