In May 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed Unilever's website for the company's animal testing policy. The company manufactured foods, cosmetics and household cleaning products. It therefore operated in a sector where animal testing was commonplace.
A statement was found on its website under 'Our position on', which said:
"We do not test our products on animals and are committed to ending animal testing."
"As part of our commitment to end animal testing globally, a growing number of our brands ensure that their products and ingredients are not subject to animal testing by Unilever, by our suppliers,or by regulatory authorities. These brands’ commitment to no animal testing is certified by global animal protection groups."
"Occasionally, across Unilever’s broader portfolio of brands, ingredients that we use still have to be tested by suppliers to comply with legal and regulatory requirements in some markets; and some government authorities test certain products on animals as part of their regulations."
While Unilever appeared to be working to end the use of animal testing in cosmetics, food, and household cleaning products, the fact it operated in countries that still required animal testing and had no fixed cut off date for ingredients tested on animals meant that it received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for its animal testing policy and lost a whole mark under the Animal Testing category.
https://www.unilever.com (23 April 2021)