In March 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed Hain Celestial's Sustainability Report 2018.
It stated:"Non-Genetically Modified Organisms (Non-GMO): A GMO, or genetically modified organism, is a plant, animal, microorganism, or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified in a laboratory using genetic engineering or transgenic technology. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacterial, and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. At Hain Celestial, we have committed to transparency and have supported legislation calling for the labeling of GMOs in food products. According to the Non-GMO Project, more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and countries in the European Union require GMOs to be labeled. Globally, there are also 300 regions with outright bans on growing GMOs. At Hain, approximately 700 of our products are verified non-GMO"

While this was considered positive the company also sold meat and dairy not labelled organic. Due to the prevalence of GMOs in animal feed Ethical Consumer expected companies to have a clear policy restricting GMO animal feed as well as GMO ingredients.

The Hain Celestial Group lost half a mark under Controversial Technologies.

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Sustainability Report 2018 (2018)

In March 2020, Ethical Consumer searched the Hain Celestial website. The company produced sunscreen, which was an area in which nanotechnology was very common. Ethical Consumer considered nanotechnology to be a technology that carried potential environmental and health risks, and had not yet been
sufficiently established as safe.

The following statement was found:

"All Hain Celestial sunscreens are formulated without oxybenzone, PABA, nano-technology, Vitamin A, artificial colors, parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, petrolatum, artificial colors or phthalates."

As it stated it did not use nanotechnology in its sunscreens, the compnay was not marked down. this reference is for information only.

Reference:

Hain Celestial website (9 February 2016)

According to the Open Secrets website www.opensecrets.org, viewed by Ethical Consumer in March 2020, the Hain Celestial Group and its employees gave a total of $9,919 in political donations during the 2018 election cycle, all of which went to the US democratic party. The company lost half a mark under Political Activities.

Reference:

Open Secrets generic ref 2019 (2 January 2019)

In March 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed Hain Celestial Group's SEC Filing Form DEF 14A which contained information on director pay.
It stated that in 2019 numerous executives had been paid annual compensation exceeding £1,000,000. This included the former CEO who was paid a total of $36,373,053. The new CEO was paid a total of $10,920,652.
As Ethical Consumer considered these sums to be excessive, Hain Celestial lost half a mark under Anti-Social Finance.

Reference:

SEC Filing Form DEF 14A (2019)

In March 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed Hain Celestial Group Inc's Annual Report 2019 (SEC filing form 10K). The company was found to be incorporated in Delaware, a jurisdiction considered to be a tax haven by Ethical Consumer at the time of writing, while the company's correspondence address was in New York.

Hain Daniels Group's, (Hain Celestial Group's UK arm) Annual Accounts 2018 also stated that its immediate parent company was Hain Celestial Jersey Limited, a company incorporated in Jersey. Jersey was also considered to be a tax haven at the time of writing.

An internet search using the search terms “Hain Celestial tax policy statement country” found no country-by-country financial information or reporting (CBCR). The company's UK tax policy was viewed. It stated: "The Group is prepared to undertake tax planning only where both (a) it is consistent with the aims and purposes of the Group’s business operations and strategy and (b) it is in accordance with the ‘tax risk appetite’". This was not considered to demonstrate a clear public tax statement confirming that it was this company’s policy not to engage in tax avoidance activity or to use tax havens for tax avoidance purposes. There was also no narative explanation found as to why it had its UHC incorporated in Delaware and the UK holding company incorporated in Jersey.

As Hain Celestial's UHC was incorporated in a tax haven, as well as having one other high risk subsidiary located in a tax haven, it recieved Ethical Consumer's worst rating for the likely use of tax avoidance strategies and lost a full mark in the Anti-Social Finance category.

Reference:

SEC Filing Form 10-K 2019 (2019)