In March 2021 Sainsbury's website was searched by Ethical Consumer for information on the company's animal testing policy.

The following statement was found: "All of our own brand cosmetic and personal care and household 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".

However, Sainsbury's website was found to display a number of other brands that were known to use animal testing including Pfizer healthcare products such as Anadin and Chapstick. It also sold bodycare brands which were known to test on animals in China, even if not in Europe or the USA, such as L'Oreal.

The company therefore received Ethical Consumer's middle rating for Animal Testing.

Reference:

Sainsbury's corporate website (22 October 2019)

In March 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed Sainsbury's website. As Sainsbury's sold a number of meat, egg, poultry and dairy products that were not all certified organic and/ or free range, the company lost whole marks under the Factory Farming and Animal Rights categories.

The company did stated in its December 2019 questionnaire response: "Our most recent welfare announcement was that from April 2020 all eggs sold in store and online will be sourced from free range farms in the UK."

Reference:

www.about.sainsburys.co.uk (26 February 2021)

In March 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed Sainsbury's website and found that the company sold some leather items, however, it was not considered to form a substantial part of its business. As a result the company lost half a mark under Ethical Consumer’s Animal Rights category.

It also lost half a mark 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:

www.about.sainsburys.co.uk (26 February 2021)

In February 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed the Argos website and found that the company 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:

www.argos.co.uk (1 March 2021)