Its time to see the other side of cruelty free.

The High Price of Beauty:

Child labour in global cosmetics

The global cosmetics market made up of skincare, haircare, make-up, fragrances and toiletries — is growing rapidly, with a projected growth of USD $115.6 billion between 2022-2027. The growing use of the term ‘cruelty free’ is used to confirm that a product was not tested on animals.

However, this term does not necessarily mean that a brand’s supply chain is free from human rights abuses such as child labour.

Millions of children are losing out on a safe and healthy childhood to work in dangerous or exploitive conditions, farming and mining essential ingredients for common cosmetics.

Worldwide, nearly 1 in 10 children, or 160 million children aged five to 17, are in child labour.

Key Messages

Products that are called cruelty free are not free from human rights abuse

It's not 'cruelty-free' if it was made with #ChildLabour. Our research shows that six ingredients are at high risk of using child labour: palm oil (and its derivatives); cocoa; vanilla; shea; mica and copper.

Instead of going to school, children help grow, harvest, mine, protect and transport these ingredients. They work in dangerous places where they are at of risk for injury, heatstroke, disease and even death. They could work for 12 hours and earn just $2 a day. Still think that's 'cruelty-free'?

To reduce child labour, we must reduce child poverty. We can do this by improving parents' livelihood opportunities and ensuring children have access to education.

Consider sponsoring a child through World Vision to support a family and ensure that children will be able to attend school instead of engaging in child labour.

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