In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Animal Aid's website and shop for its ethical buying policy. The company retailed a range of goods from wine & beer to cosmetics to clothing. Some of this was produced for Animal Aid (such as its own brand of cosmetics and t shirts) and some was produced by other suppliers. A full list of suppliers was not available on its website.
With regards to its ethical buying policy Animal Aid stated "We work hard to establish that everything we sell has the strictest possible production criteria. Where possible we source our products from ethical companies, who make the least impact on the environment. Many items are fair-trade, organic or GMO-free. And it goes without saying that no product has been tested on animals, or contains any animal ingredients, so all items are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Many are approved by BUAV and are registered with the Vegan Society."
With regards to organic clothing it stated "Our organic t-shirts are produced without pesticides, thus reducing pollution of the water table and improving biodiversity. They are sourced in accordance with fair-trade principles from a project in Northern India, where farmers are paid a premium for their cotton and social projects are encouraged within the community. Working conditions are safe and hygienic, no child labour is used and no discrimination is practised."
Ethical Consumer expected ethical online retailers, with a turnover of less than £10.2m, to at least have a publicly available policy which states what workers' rights suppliers must meet and how it plans to monitor suppliers compliance i.e. this might be through an annual questionnaire or through third party accreditation.
While Animal Aid sold some products which were labelled as Fair Trade this did not cover all products. It did not have a policy which stated workers' rights were being guaranteed by suppliers supplying non-fair trade items. As a result it received Ethical Consumer's middle rating for its supply chain management.
https://amnestyshop.org.uk/about-amnesty-shop#ethicalpolicy (1 August 2018)