In July 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed the Co-operative Group's completed questionnaire, completed in December 2019. Regarding an animal testing policy it stated:
• All Co-op branded cosmetics and household products, including cosmetics, toiletries and household cleaning products, are approved under the Leaping Bunny Programme.
• Co-op branded household products have carried Cruelty Free International’s Leaping Bunny label since 2004, when we became the first major UK grocer to gain the certification across all cosmetics, toiletries and household cleaning products.
To make sure we stay true to our word, Cruelty Free International regularly checks our products against their independently verifiable Humane Cosmetics and Humane Household Product certifications, operating to strict cut-off dates.
However, due to the fact that the company sold non own brand cosmetics and household products, and it did not appear to have a policy prohibiting the sale of other brands which may contain ingredients tested on animals, it received Ethical Consumer's middle rating for Animal Testing and lost half a mark in this category.
Questionnaire response December 2019 (20 January 2020)