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The Compact for Safe Cosmetics

­From 2004 to 2011, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics coordinated the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a voluntary pledge of safety and transparency. In those years, more than 1,500 companies signed the Compact.

In January 2011, we announced that we were phasing out the Compact and closing it in summer 2011. In November 2011, we released our Market Shift report which highlighted the 321 cosmetics companies (we call them “Champions”) that met the goals of the Compact. Another 111 companies (we call them “Innovators”) made significant progress toward those goals.

In the absence of any real government regulation, the Compact has played an important role in shifting this industry toward safer cosmetics and giving consumers information they need to find healthier products for their families.

FAQs about the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and its closure.

We continue to work closely with existing companies to develop new ways that members of the cosmetics industry can engage with the Campaign around shared values of product safety and ingredient transparency. To that end, we created the new Safe Cosmetics Business Network. Companies in the Business Network support our mission and will work with us to:

  1. Stimulate the innovation of the safe, non­toxic personal care products that the world market is demanding;
  2. Protect consumers, workers and the environment from exposure to chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm and other adverse health impacts; and
  3. Ensure everyone in the U.S. has access to safe personal care products, regardless of geography and income.

We hope that your business will join the Network!


Please see the “What Do I Buy?” FAQs and the “What’s in Your Products” section of the website for tips on what ingredients to avoid, how to better read ingredient labels. In addition:


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