In July 2020 Ethical Consumer searched the Marks and Spencer website for a policy on Animal Testing.
It stated: “We don’t test any of our M&S beauty or household products on animals. But we wanted to go further than this. We guarantee that none of the individual ingredients in our beauty or household products is tested on animals either, starting from a fixed cut-off date of January 2006. This covers more than 1,200 products and, more importantly, their individual ingredients, from lavender laundry liquid to tea tree face wipes. All these products have the stamp of approval from Cruelty Free International, founded by the BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection). You’ll see their ‘Leaping Bunny’ logo on pack, which means you’ll know that what you’re buying is free from animal testing.” This was considered a positive policy on animal testing.
However, Marks and Spencer was also retailing non own-brand cosmetics and other products. In the absence of a policy for non own-brand goods it was considered likely that the company was retailing some products containing ingredients tested on animals. It therefore received Ethical Consumer's middle rating for its animal testing policy and lost half a mark under Animal Testing.
Questionnaire from company (1 March 2017)