The https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/LeapingBunny website viewed by Ethical Consumer in April 2020 listed Jason Natural Cosmetics as a Humane Cosmetics Standard and Humane Household Products Standard approved company selling non-animal tested cosmetics and household cleaning products. To be approved for the Humane Cosmetics Standard and the Humane Household Products Standard, a company must no longer conduct or commission animal testing and must apply a verifiable fixed cut-off date - an unmoveable date after which none of the products or ingredients have been animal tested. The scheme requires each company to be open to an independent audit throughout the supply chain to ensure that they adhere to the animal testing policy criteria. This was considered a positive policy addressing animal testing.

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https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/LeapingBunny (1 September 2015)

The https://www.leapingbunny.org/ website viewed by Ethical Consumer in April 2020 listed Alba Botanica as a Humane Cosmetics Standard and Humane Household Products Standard approved company selling non-animal tested cosmetics and household cleaning products. To be approved for the Humane Cosmetics Standard and the Humane Household Products Standard, a company must no longer conduct or commission animal testing and must apply a verifiable fixed cut-off date - an unmoveable date after which none of the products or ingredients have been animal tested. The scheme requires each company to be open to an independent audit throughout the supply chain to ensure that they adhere to the animal testing policy criteria.
This was considered a positive policy addressing animal testing.

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www.leapingbunny.org (11 March 2020)

Hain Celetial’s 2018 Sustainability Report was viewed in March 2020, which stated the following: “Our personal care products are never tested on animals. Our commitment to the Leaping Bunny Program, as seen by the Leaping Bunny symbol on our personal care product labels, is evidence of this commitment. The Leaping Bunny logo is an internationally recognized symbol for cruelty-free cosmetics, personal care, and household products. The Leaping Bunny Program provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company.”

Ethical Consumer considered this to be a positive Animal Testing policy.

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Sustainability Report 2018 (2018)

In March 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed the websites of a number of Hain Celestial brands that sold meat not labelled as free range or organic, including Rosetto pasta and Ethnic Gourmet curry. It also sold dairy products not labelled as organic. The company therefore lost whole marks in the Factory Farming and Animal Rights categories.

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Hain Celestial website (9 January 2019)

In March 2020, Ethical Consumer searched the Hain Celestial website and found a number of its brands sold products containing honey. Ethical Consumer therefore searched for a policy on bee welfare. Although the company actively supported organic and sustainable agriculture, and therefore promoted biodiversity and a reduction in the use of pesticides, no specific policy addressing bee welfare could be found. The company's Sustainability Report 2018 stated that one of its subsidiaries supported The Xerces Society: "The Xerces Society’s pollinator habitat restoration efforts work to address the declining bee populations across the globe that threaten biodiversity and agricultural systems, such as almond crops".

Ethical Consumer also checked the websites of Hain Celestial subsidiaries Hain Daniel and Gales honey. No information could be found.

Considering the bee welfare issues associated with honey production (bee mutilation, killing of drones or colonies or brood to ensure maximum honey yield...), Ethical Consumer deemed it necessary for companies producing honey to have a policy ensuring this was not happening in their supply chain.

As the company did not have this, it lost half a mark under Animal Rights.

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Hain Celestial website (9 January 2019)

In April 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed the Hain Cellestial website which stated “Alba Botanica is full range of personal care products for your skin and hair made with 100% vegetarian ingredients and no parabens, phthalates or harsh sulfates” The brand’s products included shampoo, sun-cream, body lotion, a lip balm and face scrub. This reference is for information only.

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www.hain-celestial.com (20 June 2012)