In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed RSPB's website and found that it retailed other brand's cosmetics. It stated "Our exclusive range is different - guaranteed free of parabens, phosphates and palm oil, these toiletries are naturally vegan-friendly by not testing on animals, not using any animal-derived ingredients and seeking to provide an ethical alternative to the palm oil products sold in the UK today."
While the company was considered to have a positive policy it did not have a requirement that ingredients in products met a fixed cut off date or how it monitored suppliers claims i.e. through certification such as BUAV. It therefore received Ethical Consumer's middle rating for animal testing.

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RSPB Ethical and Environmental Procurement Policy (15 August 2018)

In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed RSPB's shops website. It sold leather wallets with an embossed RSPB logo.
It was not considered to form a substantial part of its business however as a slaughterhouse by product it lost half a mark under Ethical Consumer’s Animal Rights category.

It also lost half a mark Pollution and Toxics category for the following reason. Leather, as the hide of a dead animal, naturally decomposes. To prevent this decomposition the leather industry uses a cocktail of harmful chemicals to preserve leather, including trivalent chromium sulphate, sodium sulphide, sodium sulfhydrate, arsenic and cyanide. 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 water supply, making it a highly polluting industry.

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RSPB Ethical and Environmental Procurement Policy (15 August 2018)