L'Oreal & the Body Shop, Industry Analysis

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L'Oreal is one of the largest cosmetics companies in the world. It produces and markets a range of make-up, perfume, hair and skin care products. The company's products are sold under well-known brands such as L'Oreal Paris, Garnier, Maybelline, SoftSheen Carson, CCB Paris, L'Oreal Professionel, Kerastase, and Redken.
It markets 19 global brands through three divisions: cosmetics (comprising of skincare, haircare, make-up, hair colorants, perfumes and other products), The Body Shop (it has become a part of L'Oreal after its acquisition in March 2006) and dermatology (comprising of drugs for acne treatment and others).
The cosmetics division of L'Oreal operates through four segments:
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(Source : http://www.loreal.com/_en/_ww/index.aspx ).

b) Mission of The body shop:
The Body Shop International plc is a global manufacturer and retailer of naturally inspired, ethically produced beauty and cosmetics products. Founded in the UK in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick, we now have over 2,100 stores in 55 countries, with a range of over 1,200 products, all animal cruelty free, and many with fairly traded natural ingredients.
We were the first international cosmetics brand to be awarded the Humane Cosmetics Standard for our Against Animal Testing policy. And we have our own fair trade programme called Community Trade, making us the only cosmetics company with such an extensive commitment to trading fairly. Community Trade now works with 31 suppliers in 24 countries, providing over 15,000 people across the globe with essential income to build their futures.
We also have our own charity, The Body Shop Foundation. Launched in 1990 (registered charity no. 802757) we give financial support to pioneering, frontline organisations that otherwise have little hope of conventional funding. The Foundation's focus is to assist those working to achieve progress in the areas of human and civil rights, environmental and animal protection.
All our products are made with a love of life, respect for the world we live in, a spirit of individuality, and commitment to trading fairly. In a word,

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