Dermalogica’s licence to use the Leaping Bunny logo has been suspended by our partner, the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics CCIC, which operates the Leaping Bunny programme in the USA and Canada. This follows confirmation that the skin care company has had products approved for sale in The People’s Republic of China which undoubtedly makes the company a party to animal testing.
Sue Leary, Chair of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics said:
“It is unfortunate that a company like Dermalogica is implicated in cruel and unnecessary animal testing—just to sell in China. It seems that they were monitoring their supply chain to guard against animal testing, but not their distribution system. Companies need to understand: it’s your brand; it’s your responsibility….”
It is known industry-wide that companies selling cosmetic and personal care products in China are required, under specific guidelines, to test (or be a party to testing of) finished cosmetic products on animals. Other companies which also recently lost their certified cruelty-free status include Mary Kay, L’Occitane, Yves Rocher and Caudalie.
Dermalogica has said it will try to rectify the situation, although this may take some time.
Daniel Ginsberg, CEO of Dermalogica said:
“Dermalogica does not condone animal testing and is in the process of actively withdrawing our product registrations and undertaking the necessary actions to suspend our distribution to the Chinese market.”
The Leaping Bunny programme sets itself apart from other cruelty-free lists by reviewing companies’ adherence to a strict no animal testing standard. In the UK the programme is managed by Cruelty Free International the new global organisation founded by the BUAV. Find out more.