Rated for year 2017: Vegan non compliant
Industry: Household & Personal Products
L’Oréal claims that it does not test on animal nor delegate this responsibility to anyone although “an exception could be considered if a national supervisory authority so requires within the framework of its arsenal of laws and regulations” (p 168 of 2016 registration document). China is one country where animal-testing is still required (see sources), and L’Oréal sells products in China. Consequently, the company does animal testing whereas other companies that are 100% cruelty free refused to sell in China.
Since exceptions are considered and animals are tested, we expect more transparency and metrics such as the number of animals tested (total and by species), percentage of animals killed (all species and by species), percentage of animals saved or rehabilitated (all species and by species), list of countries where animals are tested and percentage of tested animals by country.
Among positive points we notice: the company claims being “the most active company working alongside the Chinese authorities and scientists for over 10 years to have alternative testing methods recognized, and permit the cosmetic regulation to evolve towards a total and definite elimination of animal testing” (see sources). Besides, the company has developed alternatives to animal testing such as “Episkin, which produces and sells validated reconstructed skin models » in 2013. Moreover, the company does research with the University of Central Florida on microfluidic systems with organs-on-a-chip, “reinnervating the reconstructed human epidermis in collaboration with the IDOR research institute in Brazil” (p 17 of 2016 registration document).
BENEFICIAL ASPECTS: Alternatives to animal testing and working on the elimination of animal testing in China
HARMFUL ASPECTS: Animal testing permitted as exception, animal testing in China at least and nondisclosure of metrics related to animal testing