FAQ: The Compact for Safe Cosmetics
Q. What is the Compact for Safe Cosmetics?
A: More than 1,500 companies have signed the compact over its 6-year existence.
A: At present, more than 250 companies are fully compliant with the provisions of the Compact and hundreds more are working toward compliance.
A: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics created the Compact for Safe Cosmetics to improve the safety of cosmetics and personal care products and to provide better information about product ingredients so consumers can make informed decisions about the products they buy.
A: Compact-signing companies are based in 44 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, five Australian states and territories, numerous counties in the UK, and 22 other countries around the world.
A: We have been amazed by the number companies that have signed the Compact, and it has been challenging for us Ė a coalition of non-profit organizations Ė to manage the volume of data and communication required to publicly reflect company efforts to meet this pledge. At the same time, the Compact has yielded many significant relationships and shown the world that making safer products is both possible and the wave of the future. In addition, we hope that setting a closure date for the Compact will motivate companies to take the steps to reach full compliance, so we can highlight these leaders at the final sunset. The closure of the Compact will allow for more meaningful engagement of companies who share the Campaignís goals of increasing cosmetics safety, transparency and public education.
A: We have already closed the Compact to new signers. From now until June 2011 we will work with existing Compact signers to achieve compliance on the following schedule:
A: The Skin Deep database will still be available after the closure of the Compact. Companies who reach compliant status with the Compact will be listed as such in Skin Deep, making it easy for consumers to select companies and products that have fully participated in the Compactís call for greater safety and transparency.
A: As noted above, the Skin Deep database will still be available after the Compact sunset, and compliant companies will be noted and searchable within Skin Deep. Skin Deep also features information on when product ingredient listings were last updatedóensuring consumers can know ingredient listings are current. In addition, compliant companies will be listed at www.safecosmetics.org and publicized by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics after the final closure of the Compact.
A: No, not at all! We will continue to advocate for safe personal care products for everyone through our work with businesses, policy makers, communities and individuals. Closing the Compact will actually free up more Campaign time for research and report-writing, education and outreach, and working closely with businesses committed to safety and sustainability.
A: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is working closely with current signers to develop a streamlined way for cosmetics manufacturers to engage with the Campaign around product safety, ingredient transparency and public education. Companies who wish to be notified about the new program can leave their contact information here. They will be contacted in mid to late summer 2011 with an invitation to join the new program.
A: All current signers were sent e-mails on January 25, 2011, detailing their current status with the Compact and their next steps to either remain compliant or reach compliance. If you are a current Compact signer and did not receive an e-mail describing your status, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Signers of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics are required to meet six provisions of the Compact to attain compliance with this voluntary pledge of safety and transparency. Those provisions are detailed here. The provisions are met when companies fully enter and regularly update all of their products and ingredients (including constituents of fragrances and essential oil blends) into the Skin Deep database, and when they avoid chemicals of concern that are restricted or prohibited by the Compact. By logging onto their company account in Skin Deep, companies can get a report of which provisions they have met and what they need to do to meet remaining provisions.
A: You can reach the Compact team at email@example.com.