In Ocotber 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed Suma’s website for information on its policy on the issue of animal testing. Ethical Consumer also viewed a questionnaire Suma had completed in February 2020.
A webpage entitled 'Toxic ingredients' was shared that stated, "Suma believes that beauty and household products should be cruelty free. We are proud to be Leaping Bunny approved. A global programme, Leaping Bunny requires cruelty free standards over and above legal requirements. All of our own brand 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."
Suma were therefore considered to have a positive policy on animal testing issues.

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Company questionnaire (February 2020)

In October 2020, Ethical Consumer searched the Suma website for information about its use of eggs in its products. The company stated that "Where eggs are an ingredient, they must be free-range." This was considered to be a positive policy addressing an Animal Rights and Factory Farming issue.

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www.suma.coop (20 October 2020)

In October 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed Suma's website which stated in the buying section of its 'Ethical Policy' page, 'We are a 100% vegetarian company. All our products are carefully sourced as vegetarian.'

As a result Triangle Wholefoods Collective Ltd. received half a positive mark under Company Ethos and was considered to have a positive policy addressing an Animal Rights and Factory Farming issue.

Reference:

www.suma.coop (20 October 2020)

In October 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed the Suma website and found the company's Honey & Bee Welfare Policy.

It listed the issues associated with industrial honey production: "Bees may be subject to a variety of processes and procedures, including artificial feeding regimes, artificial insemination, treatment with antibiotics, inhumane transportation conditions and culling."

It also provided some information on how its honey was produced: "Suma honey comes from producers who are passionate about bee welfare and are committed to high standards. Quality practices include colonies located in south facing sites with access to plentiful supplies of pollen; regular inspection of bee health; hive hygiene and disease prevention is a welfare focus and care is taken taken not to stress the bees; honey is only taken when there is enough honey produced for the bees themselves. This is not an exhaustive list. Bees are often used as a symbol of cooperation and the bees that make Suma honey are well cared for."

Suma's honey did not appear to be certified organic.

In June 2020 Suma sent Ethical Consumer a further statement on bee welfare which clearly prohibited wing clipping.

As much Suma was not marked down under Animal Rights and this story has been marked as information only.

Reference:

www.suma.coop (20 October 2020)