Givaudan joins Animal-Free Safety Assessment Collaboration to advance chemical safety without animal testing globally
Givaudan, a Swiss-based world leader in the flavour and fragrance industry, is taking its commitment to the next level by joining the Animal-Free Safety Assessment Collaboration. AFSA brings together corporations with non-profits such as Humane Society International (HSI), who share the vision of a non-animal approach to product safety assessment in order to better protect people and our planet.
Greg Adamson, Givaudan's Head of Fragrance & Beauty Global Regulatory Affairs and Product Safety, said: “Givaudan has been working to develop non-animal testing methods for many years and only conducts animal testing when required to do so by government regulations. We are proud of our contribution in driving change to date and, as an industry, it’s crucial that we work together to end the practice of animal testing for fragrances and cosmetics. We’re confident that collaborations with Humane Society International and other committed partners will accelerate the transition to alternative approaches to animal testing for cosmetics. It’s a future that we at Givaudan are committed to in line with our Company purpose.”
As part of Givaudan’s support for the Animal-Free Safety Assessment, the new multi-year collaboration will include co-creation of a global training curriculum in next generation risk assessment alongside other leading brands to enhance capabilities across companies and regulatory authorities so that safety decisions for cosmetics can be made without demands for new animal testing. Givaudan has also pledged to contribute to real-world case studies in animal-free safety assessment and participate in AFSA advocacy efforts to overcome barriers to the acceptance of alternatives to animal testing by chemical regulators in the European Union and beyond.
Troy Seidle, HSI Vice President for Research & Toxicology, said: “The scientific and ethical imperative to transition to non-animal test approaches compels companies and NGOs to work collaboratively towards a common goal. So we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Givaudan to the Animal-Free Safety Assessment collaboration. Givaudan’s expertise and experience will provide a significant boost to our efforts to abolish the use of animals in cosmetic animal testing. Other socially conscious brands are encouraged to join with HSI and our partners in supporting meaningful change to usher in a new era of animal-free safety testing.”
Givaudan is the global leader in the creation of flavours and fragrances, with its heritage stretching back over 250 years, the Company has a long history of innovating tastes and scents. From a favourite drink to your daily meal, from prestige perfumes to cosmetics and laundry care, its creations inspire emotions and delight millions of consumers the world over. The Company is committed to driving purpose-led, long-term growth while leading the way to improve happiness and health for people and nature. In the fiscal year 2020, the Company employed almost 16,000 people worldwide and achieved sales of CHF 6.3 billion and a free cash flow of 12.8% of sales. Let’s imagine together on www.givaudan.com.
About Givaudan Fragrance & Beauty
Driven by passion and innovation, Givaudan Fragrance & Beauty aims to bring delightful and memorable sensorial experiences to consumers around the world. Currently present in all major markets, we strive to be the creative partner of choice for customers not only in personal, fabric, hygiene and home care but also in fine fragrances and beauty overall. As the global leader in fragrance creation, the Company is committed to creating fragrances and beauty products for happier, healthier lives with love for nature. Our customers benefit from our expertise in three business units: Fine Fragrances, Consumer Products, and Fragrance Ingredients and Cosmetics Ingredients. We invite you to ‘engage your senses’ and learn more at www.givaudan.com/fragrance-beauty.
Humane Society International works around the globe to promote the human-animal bond, rescue and protect dogs and cats, improve farm animal welfare, protect wildlife, promote animal-free testing and research, respond to natural disasters and confront cruelty to animals in all of its forms. With the support of donors and advocates, HSI is endeavouring to create a humane and sustainable world for all animals, including people, through education, advocacy and the promotion of respect and caring. www.hsi.org
Reference in this release to any specific brand, trade, firm or corporation name, or commercial product or service, is for the information of the public, and does not constitute or imply endorsement by Humane Society International or its affiliates of any product or service, or its producer or provider.
The Animal-Free Safety Assessment (AFSA) Collaboration brings together corporate and non-profit leaders who share the goal of accelerating a modern, species-relevant approach to safety assessment globally to better protect people and our planet, and hasten the replacement of animal testing. www.afsacollaboration.org
For further information please contact
Marie Laure André, Givaudan Fragrance & Beauty Communications
T +33 1 3998 4477
Wendy Higgins, Humane Society International
T +44 7989 972 423