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For Immediate Release: October 22nd, 2008
Contact:  Nicole Makris, Communications Coordinator, 415-346-8223 x27, nmakris@breastcancerfund.org

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Recognized for Corporate Campaign Successes

OAKLAND, CA —The Business Ethics Network (BEN) has awarded the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics a Path to Victory Award for achievements in 2008. The award recognizes successes in corporate campaigning, with special attention to innovative and creative approaches to holding corporations responsible for the negative effects of their business practices. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics shares this year’s First Place award with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal and Forest Ethics’ Do Not Mail campaign.

“The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is honored to share this award with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal and Forest Ethics,” said Lisa Archer, National Coordinator of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. “Each organization’s work demonstrates that corporations can and should be held accountable for the adverse effects of prioritizing profits over people. We hope that BEN’s recognition of our work will amplify our message to cosmetics manufacturers that toxic chemicals have no place in personal care products.”

BEN is the largest network of non-profit, marketplace advocates and organizations in the United States and includes members from such notable organizations as Greenpeace, Healthcare without Harm, Natural Resources Defense Council, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Rainforest Action Network, and the Teamsters.

The annual awards are organized to celebrate the victories and achievements of corporate campaigns. Members of BEN nominate and vote on campaigns for both the Path to Victory awards and the BENNY awards, which recognize campaigns that bring about a commitment or policy change by a corporation. Last year, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics won a First Place BENNY award and a $15,000 prize for its work to move OPI and other nail products companies away from the use of several chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects. This year’s First Place BENNY winner was Clean Up Ecuador, a campaign led by Amazon Watch and Frente de Defensa de la Amazonia, which took petroleum giant Chevron to court for its toxic pollution related to oil-drilling and won.

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The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a national coalition of health and environmental groups working to eliminate hazardous chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other adverse health impacts from personal care products. Founding members include Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, Breast Cancer Fund, Clean Water Fund, Commonweal, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, National Black Environmental Justice Network, National Environmental Trust and Women's Voices for the Earth.