Dear Sir Owen-Jones:
I am writing today to express my concern about L'Oreal's recently announced plan to acquire The Body Shop.
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The Body Shop's passionate commitment to protecting the planet and steadfast focus on healthy and sustainable practices are what distinguish it from mainstream businesses. What's more, its desire to act as a force for positive change in the marketplace has made The Body Shop a respected model of corporate social responsibility.
Recently, The Body Shop demonstrated its commitment to women's health by signing the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. In signing the Compact, The Body Shop and over 300 other companies from around the world have aligned themselves with the goals and values of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and pledged to only sell beauty and personal care products that are made from safe and non-toxic ingredients in every global market they serve.
I am deeply troubled that L'Oreal and other cosmetics companies that women trust are selling beauty products that contain chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility and hormone disruption -- health problems that are on the rise in the human population.
As the CEO of the world's largest cosmetics company, you have the opportunity to lead an entire industry in a direction that protects women's health. That's why I'm writing to urge you to respect and honor The Body Shop's commitment to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and to making safe, non-toxic, healthy products for all of us.
Finally, I would urge you to follow The Body Shop's example by signing the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, signaling your own corporate commitment to removing toxic ingredients from all L'Oreal product lines.