· L’OCCITANE does not test its finished products on animals and watches that its raw materials are not tested on animals. There is no intention at all to reconsider our position regarding this subject. Since its creation, L’OCCITANE has defended the animal cause by refusing to use in its formulas any animal origin products except products coming from the beehive.
· L’OCCITANE has long been committed to associations such as One Voice or PETA. Also it was one of the first companies to be admitted to the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) list in 1997. Yet, this association has decided in December 2011 to unilaterally remove from its list companies operating in China because Chinese authorities can carry out limited tests when registering products for the local market. At no time did L’OCCITANE practice these type of tests, but is subjected to this militant position because L’OCCITANE cannot bring formal evidence that these tests are not carried out by Chinese authorities at any time.
· L’OCCITANE complies with the different regulations of every country. Still, L’OCCITANE wants to actively participate in abolishing the tests on animals throughout the world. L’OCCITANE considers that it is counterproductive to deprive the most populated country of the world from products that have not been subject to animal tests when they were developed and produced.
· L’OCCITANE would like to highlight that at the beginning of 2011, the company took part in a colloquium in Beijing – together with BUAV and the Chinese authorities - which aimed to implement alternative tests, recognized by these same authorities. These tests are likely to replace all the tests that are already in place in China; L’OCCITANE has put itself in a position to contribute to the progress of the animal cause in this country....