In November 2020, Ethical Consumer searched the Aldi South Group website and for information about the company's approach to animal testing, the following statement was found:
"The leading animal protection organisation, Cruelty Free International, has accredited ALDI UK’s entire own-label household and beauty range as cruelty free certified."
The company's UK website further stated "All of our own brand cosmetic and personal care products and household and cleaning products are approved under the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny programme, the internationally recognisable gold standard for cruelty free products. We adhere to a fixed cut-off date policy and proactively monitor our suppliers to ensure that our products continue to adhere to the Leaping Bunny criteria. Our supplier monitoring system is also independently audited."
While the UK arm of Aldi had a clear policy not to use animal tested ingredients this did not appear to apply to its global operations, for example, Aldi US's Animal Welfare Policy (dated 07/2019) stated, "Animal testing is prohibited for finished health and beauty products, detergents, and cleaners." This suggested that ingredients tested on animals were acceptable in the United States.
As a result the company received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for Animal Testing and lost a whole mark under this category.
www.aldi.co.uk/ (8 January 2020)