Our Management Approach
Products sold by Victoria’s Secret & Co. meet or exceed all safety requirements established by the governments where the products are sold. We have internal experts that focus on the design, development and safety review of the ingredients and materials in our products.
Once the product meets our specifications, we verify our findings by requiring safety testing on all personal care, cosmetics, accessories, candles and apparel by world-renowned, independent, accredited consumer product testing labs. If a product doesn’t meet our stringent safety and quality evaluations, we don’t sell it.
Ingredient and Material Safety Review
One way we ensure safety is by using ingredients that meet the safety qualifications of independent scientific expert groups – the same standards that are relied upon by government agencies and other leading manufacturers, including:
Personal Care Products
Victoria’s Secret & Co.’s scientific experts verify the safety of every ingredient before using it in our products. This includes a scientific review of relevant, available information before we approve the use of an ingredient. We collaborate with outside technical manufacturers to assure that Victoria’s Secret & Co.’s products are manufactured in conformance with regulatory standards. Subsequently, production batches are tested and meet stringent product specifications. The final products are clinically tested by independent laboratories for safety and efficacy as well as to substantiate all applicable marketing claims.
Victoria’s Secret & Co. is against animal testing, and no branded products, formulations or ingredients are tested on animals.
As of April 2021, all personal care products that we sell in China are made in China to avoid animal testing.
Victoria’s Secret & Co. personal care products sold in the rest of the world are produced in North America and Europe.
Our company continues to support the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) – a non-profit research and testing laboratory dedicated to the implementation and regulatory acceptance of non-animal methods. We share their mission to eliminate animal testing worldwide. As part of their work, IIVS is collaborating with the Chinese government to assist them in adopting non-animal methods.
Additionally, our technical experts are actively involved in increasing the acceptance and adoption of these methods around the globe. We recognize that the global regulatory landscape is always changing and will continue partnering with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, government agencies and other industry leaders for animal welfare.
Victoria’s Secret & Co. works with world-class manufacturers to help ensure that only safe, quality components are used in our apparel. Additionally, we employ designers, textile specialists and fabric technicians who assemble technical specifications regarding our apparel and intimates products. Fabrics are carefully chosen and tested to ensure the safety and suitability for their intended use. The fit, comfort, performance, design and durability are tested by consumer panels before the final design is approved. Safety testing is conducted to assure adherence to regulatory requirements and Victoria’s Secret & Co. internal standards.
VS&Co is a global leader in prestige fragrances and body care. Beauty and personal care products make up approximately 15 percent of our product assortment. As these products are a meaningful and growing percentage of our portfolio, we are committed to increasing transparency of our ingredients and evaluating the environmental impact of our beauty products to inform future design and production.