Estee Lauder adjusts its parental leave policy after settling a sex discrimination lawsuit
A child’s early years are critical to their overall development and this includes the infancy stage. According to UNICEF, parental leave allows infants time for bonding with their caregivers and an opportunity for a healthy development1;p1. The ILO in 2000, placed a standard that mandates member states to enforce a minimum of 14 weeks paid leave and further recommended an increase to the minimum period to at least 18 weeks2;p2.
Estée Lauder's Products are Tested on Animals, Despite Claimed Efforts to Eliminate Such Practices
Since 2013, it has been illegal in the EU and UK to sell new animal-tested cosmetic products, and this includes the ingredients of such products1. Contrarily, China enforces animal testing for cosmetics2 and has the 2nd largest cosmetics market in the world3, so their impact with regards to animal testing is extensive. Out of the estimated 500,000 animals which suffer and die from cosmetics testing per year, 375,000 are being used for testing to meet China's cosmetics requirements alone4. These animals are ones that would otherwise be living in the wild, or as pets. In China, wild monkeys are caged up to be used in such experiments, and their children are exported to laboratories elsewhere5. This counteracts goal 15.5, the protection of biodiversity6, as there are fewer than 1,000 wild Macaque monkeys in China7, and this breed continues to be used in animal testing8. The reason for the continued use of such practices tends to be due to conservatism within the industry and the ability to compare with any previous test results, but scientific innovation is cheaper and easier9. Animal testing is also unreliable: only one-third of substances known to cause cancer in humans have been shown to cause cancer in animals10.
Estée Lauder unable to eradicate child labor from their supply chain.
There are around 215 million children worldwide working in exploitative conditions, of which nearly 115 million are exposed to hazardous working conditions1. Nearly 22,000 children work in the mica mines of Eastern India3;p13, as the area is known for its high illiteracy and unemployment rates11.
Estée Lauder paid $1.1m in new dad gender discrimination lawsuit
As per the PLUS report of 2017, over 114 million Americans don’t have any kind of paid parental leave 1. Gender discrimination is an issue when it comes to parental leave. It is prohibited at the workplace by the establishment of laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act.
100% of palm oil consumed by Estee Lauder is RSPO certified since 2016
Palm Oil makes up one-third of the global consumption of vegetable oils2, with 72 million Mt produced in 20191. The cosmetic industry uses only 2% of total palm oil production, but 70% of beauty products use palm oil6. Indonesia and Malaysia are the largest producers of palm oil1. Since 1973, 16,000 square miles of Indonesian and Malaysian rainforests were destroyed to cultivate Palm oil2.