In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Amazon.com Inc and found that the company retailed cosmetics and beauty products. Due to the fact animal testing was prevalent in the sector Ethical Consumer expected Amazon to have a policy. No policy could be found therefore it received a worst Ethical Consumer rating in the category.

Reference:

www.amazon.com (30 June 2017)

In February 2018 Ethical Consumer downloaded factsheets for multiple funds from the company website www.blackrock.com. These factsheets listed top ten holdings as of January 2018, which included the following companies which had substantial criticism records on Ethical Consumer’s database:
BlackRock US Dynamic Fund
Wal-Mart (2.4% holding) - criticised under: Climate Change, Pollution and Toxics, Habitats and Resources, Animal Testing, Factory Farming, Animal Rights, Human Rights, Workers’ Rights, Irresponsible Marketing, Arms and Military Supply, Controversial Technologies (genetic engineering), Political Activities, Anti-Social Finance.
BlackRock UK fund
British American Tobacco (6.43% holding) - criticised under: Irresponsible Marketing, Anti-Social Finance
Rio Tinto (3.86% holding) - criticised under: Human Rights, Workers’ Rights, Controversial Technologies (nuclear power), Political Activities.
Royal Dutch Shell (3.45% holding) - criticised under: Climate Change, Pollution and Toxics, Habitats and Resources, Animal Testing, Animal Rights, Human Rights, Workers’ Rights, Political Activities, Anti-Social Finance.
Unilever (3.71% holding) - criticised under: Pollution and Toxics, Animal Testing, Factory Farming, Animal Rights, Human Rights, Workers’ Rights, Political Activities, Anti-Social Finance.
BlackRock therefore lost marks in all of these categories for having a financial relationship with a company criticised by Ethical Consumer.

Reference:

www.blackrock.com (21 February 2018)

In October 2013, it was announced that Amazon UK would stop selling foie gras after a Viva! campaign. It had previously stocked over a hundred products containing foie gras. Amazon UK prohibited “Animal products: Parts or products from whale, dolphin, shark, elephant (including elephant ivory) or from any other regulated endangered plant or animal are prohibited, as are products containing Foie Gras.”
However, the delisting did not apply to its worldwide operations, only the UK marketplace. As of August 2018, this was still the case.

Reference:

http://www.viva.org.uk/campaigns/foiegras/email-amazon.php (8 March 2013)

In February 2018 Ethical Consumer downloaded factsheets for multiple funds from the company website www.blackrock.com. These factsheets listed top ten holdings as of January 2018, which included the following companies which had substantial criticism records on Ethical Consumer’s database:
BlackRock US Dynamic Fund
Wal-Mart (2.4% holding) - criticised under: Climate Change, Pollution and Toxics, Habitats and Resources, Animal Testing, Factory Farming, Animal Rights, Human Rights, Workers’ Rights, Irresponsible Marketing, Arms and Military Supply, Controversial Technologies (genetic engineering), Political Activities, Anti-Social Finance.
BlackRock UK fund
British American Tobacco (6.43% holding) - criticised under: Irresponsible Marketing, Anti-Social Finance
Rio Tinto (3.86% holding) - criticised under: Human Rights, Workers’ Rights, Controversial Technologies (nuclear power), Political Activities.
Royal Dutch Shell (3.45% holding) - criticised under: Climate Change, Pollution and Toxics, Habitats and Resources, Animal Testing, Animal Rights, Human Rights, Workers’ Rights, Political Activities, Anti-Social Finance.
Unilever (3.71% holding) - criticised under: Pollution and Toxics, Animal Testing, Factory Farming, Animal Rights, Human Rights, Workers’ Rights, Political Activities, Anti-Social Finance.
BlackRock therefore lost marks in all of these categories for having a financial relationship with a company criticised by Ethical Consumer.

Reference:

www.blackrock.com (21 February 2018)

In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Amazon's website for its policy on the selling of animal clothing materials such as fur, angora, merino wool, and silk.
Amazon's "Animals & Animal Products" under policy and agreements was viewed.

The list of prohibited items did not include fur or feathers (except from a list of endangered species), angora, merino wool from mulesing or silk. As a result Amazon lost a whole mark under Ethical Consumer's Animal Rights categories for the following reasons:

Fur and angora: the industry exploits and kills animals for fur for fashion. Many companies have banned real fur from being used in their products.

Down (feathers): According to campaign group Four Paws, animal suffering from the live-plucking and force-feeding of geese and ducks was present in the general down supply chains. In order to avoid these practices, a company was expected to adopt a standard that would trace and audit their whole supply chain, including higher-risk parent farms, to ensure such cruelties were excluded. Four Paws had found that certificates and audit reports from suppliers themselves 'do not provide sufficient guarantees that animals have a cruelty free life.'

Merino wool: According to PETA, the production of Australian merino wool involved the cruel practice of mulesing. Merino sheep are specifically bred to have wrinkled skin, which means more wool per animal. Attracted to the moisture, flies lay eggs in the folds of skin, and the hatched maggots can eat the sheep alive. In order to prevent this condition called “flystrike,” Australian ranchers perform 'mulesing' which involves carving huge strips of skin and flesh off the backs of unanesthetised lambs’ legs and around their tails. This is done to cause smooth, scarred skin that won’t harbor fly eggs, yet the bloody wounds often get flystrike before they heal. It was also unclear whether or not this wool was sourced from Australia.

Silk: Silk was considered to be an animal rights issue, as the conventional process of harvesting silk involved heat-treating cocoons before metamorphosis occurred – to prevent damage to the silk fibres. This heat treatment resulted in the deaths of the silk worm larvae inside.
An alternative to conventional silk was 'peace' or 'vegetarian' silk – so called because the silk is harvested after the caterpillars have developed and hatched into moths.

Reference:

https://www.amazon.com/ (13 August 2018)

In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Amazon.com and found that the company sold leather. Amazon had its own shoe brands as well as selling hundreds of thousands of leather products through its website.
Over 70 Amazon own-brands for Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry, were listed in April 2018 at: www.recode.net/2018/4/7/17208804/amazon-private-label-brands-list
Amazon's own brands using leather included 206 Collective, Leather Architect, and The Fix.
Given the size of Amazon (one of the largest retailers in the world) leather was considered to form a substantial part of its business. It therefore lost a whole mark under Animal Rights category.

Leather, as the hide of a dead animal, naturally decomposes. To prevent this decomposition the leather industry uses a cocktail of harmful chemicals including trivalent chromium sulphate, sodium sulphide, sodium sulfhydrate, arsenic and cyanide to preserve it. Tannery effluent also contains large amounts of other pollutants, such as protein, hair, salt, lime sludge and acids. These can all pollute the land, air, and watersupply making it a highly polluting industry. As a result the company lost half a mark in the Pollution and Toxics category.

Reference:

https://www.amazon.com/ (13 August 2018)

In October 2013, it was announced that Amazon UK would stop selling foie gras after a Viva! campaign. It had previously stocked over a hundred products containing foie gras. Amazon UK prohibited “Animal products: Parts or products from whale, dolphin, shark, elephant (including elephant ivory) or from any other regulated endangered plant or animal are prohibited, as are products containing Foie Gras.”
However, the delisting did not apply to its worldwide operations, only the UK marketplace. As of August 2018, this was still the case.

Reference:

http://www.viva.org.uk/campaigns/foiegras/email-amazon.php (8 March 2013)