The Lush Prize is a collaboration between Ethical Consumer and Lush Cosmetics; a £250,000 annual fund to reward groups or individuals working in the field of cruelty-free scientific research, awareness raising and lobbying.
The Prize combines the research and campaigning skills of Ethical Consumer and the passion and resources of Lush staff and is the biggest prize in the non-animal testing sector. The Prize will continue until all animal testing has been replaced.
Prize winners in 2012 include scientists, campaigners, lobbyists, training specialists and young researchers. This marks a significant moment when campaigners join forces with the scientific community to bring forward the day when animal testing becomes a thing of the past.
For full details about the prize categories, entry requirements, and the 2012 judges, nominees and winners see the Lush Prize website.
We wrote the papers below to give the awards process an up-to-date global overview of each sector. We invite comments, duscussion and criticism!
Lush Science Prize 2012 - Research Paper
Lush Lobbying Prize 2012 - Research Paper
Lush Training Prize 2012 - Research Paper
Lush Young Researchers Prize 2012 - Research Paper
Lush Public Awareness Prize 2012 - Research Paper
Ethical Consumer & Animal Testing
Ethical Consumer is a not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative, dedicated to the promotion of universal human rights, environmental sustainability and animal welfare.
We do not seek to dictate to people what their beliefs should be, and all of our ratings can be customised to give more or weight to different ethical issues according to personal preference. It's clear though that animal testing is high on the agenda for many of our readers and subscribers.
In the 1980s, animal experimentation became a 'hot topic' as cosmetics companies testing their products on animals suddenly became a big 'no no'. Even nowadays, the testing of products and ingredients on animals continues, despite the fact that it's outlawed (for cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients) in this country.
Our research database has ratings for companies & brands under 300 topics in 19 areas of 5 main categories. This includes 17 topics under Animal Testing. Companies that test products on animals, or have an inadequate policy on animal testing, are criticised here.
Other products that also get tested on animals are household products and pet food. We also include animal testing for medical products in this area. Learn more about how we rate companies under animal testing.
We maintain a list of animal rights consumer boycotts. A number of companies are on the list for their poor record on animal testing. These companies include Boots, British Heart Foundation, Estee Lauder, Herbal Essences, Iams, Johnson and Johnson and Nestle.
Related Buyers Guides & Special Reports
Special Report on Toiletries & Cosmetics (autumn 2012) including the feature 'the Ugly Truth about animal testing'.
Special Report on the Dairy Industry (winter 2012) looking at badger culling and farmgate milk prices.
Health & Beauty buyers' guides
Cat food buyers' guide
Dog food buyers' guide
Sportswear buyers' guide
Sportswear trainers buyers' guide
Tinned tuna buyers' guide
Supermarkets buyers' guide