In March 2020, Ethical Consumer conducted a search of Lornameads website for the company's animal testing policy. A document was found called 'Trade Partners - Conditions of Purchase for Goods and Service'. Point 8 stated 'the supplier hereby undertakes that the supplier has not tested on animals any of the products or raw materials or components provided to or produced for the company'. However, the company did not supply a fixed cut off date, nor did it explain how it monitored compliance with this requirement and therefore it received a middle rating for its animal testing policy and lost half a mark in this category.

Reference:

https://www.lornamead.com/ (11 March 2020)

In March 2020, Ethical Consumer searched the corporate website of the Fung Group for information about its subsidiary companies. It was discovered that it owned a bakery company in China called Saint Honore Cake Shop. This bakery was found to be selling dairy products which were not labelled as organic. As such it was assumed to be dairy produced in the standard way through factory farming methods. Therefore the company lost half a mark under the Factory Farming category.

Reference:

https://www.funggroup.com (11 March 2020)

In March 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed the Fung Group's website and found that the company's subsidiaries sold some leather items, however, it was not considered to form a substantial part of its business. No leather policy could be found. The company lost half a mark under Ethical Consumer’s Animal Rights category.
It also lost half a mark under the 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.

Reference:

https://www.funggroup.com (11 March 2020)