On July 12th 2021, Ethical Consumer viewed the Natura website which stated that the company was Leaping Bunny approved. This meant that the company had a fixed cut off date for ingredients. As a result Natura received Ethical Consumer's best rating for animal testing.

Natura's subsidiaries had information regarding their stances on animal testing. Aesop's website stated: "No animal-derived ingredients (such as beeswax, honey or lanolin) are used in Aesop products. We are proud to be Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny approved and to be included on PETA's cruelty-free". The Body Shop was Leaping Bunny approved and Avon stated that "Avon never tests products on animals. Under no circumstances does Avon conduct animal testing on any of its ingredients and products and Avon does not require that suppliers of ingredients and products produced for Avon conduct animal testing on our behalf". However, Avon did not have a fixed cut-off date (a date after which no new ingredients the company uses would have been used on animals, unlike other Natura brands Aesop and Body Shop.

As it was not clear whether the all of the company's subsidiaries, for example Avon, had yet aligned to Natura's animal testing policy it did not receive a positive mark under Company Ethos for all of its product complying with Cruelty-Free International's Leaping Bunny standards.

Natura Cosmeticos received a middle rating for animal testing policy and lost half a mark in the animals category.

Reference:

Natura website (14 July 2021)

In November 2020 Ethical Consumer searched Avon's website for details of its animal testing policy. A page was found called "Avon takes global stand against animal testing".

It stated:

"Avon has ended all regulatory-required animal testing, making it the first global beauty company selling in China to stop all animal testing of ingredients and products across all its brands.

Respect for animal welfare is a cornerstone of Avon’s product safety philosophy and Avon was one of the first companies to stop animal testing to support product safety 30 years ago...

Now Avon has taken the significant step to immediately stop all animal testing for China by making a series of investments, which includes moving away from products requiring testing, innovating in new products and expanding into alternative distribution channels."

The company had been acquired by Natura in January 2020 but no evidence was found at the time of writing that Natura's animal testing policy and Leaping Bunny certification yet applied to Avon. It was not listed on the Cruelty-Free International website as Leaping Bunny certified.

Furthermore, Avon did not have a fixed cut off date for animal tested ingredients, and so received Ethical Consumer's middle rating for animal testing and lost half a mark under the Animal Testing category. (ref: 8)
Best Ethical Consumer rating for animal testing policy (November 2020)
In November 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed the Aesop website which stated: Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny approved. This would require Aesop to have a fixed cut-off date as part of its animal testing policy.
The company, therefore, received Ethical Consumer's best rating for animal testing. (ref: 9)
Best Ethical Consumer rating for animal testing policy (November 2020)
In November 2020 Ethical Consumer received a completed questionnaire from the Body Shop which contained a response to a question on animal testing.
It stated: "All The Body Shop products are cruelty-free and certified by Cruelty Free International...The latest CFI agreement includes a cut off date of march 11th 2013 in line with CFI guidelines".
As a result the company received Ethical Consumer's best rating for its animal testing policy.

Reference:

Avon website (4 March 2020)

On July 12th 2021, Ethical Consumer reviewed a completed questionnaire from the Body Shop from November 2020 which contained a response to a question on animal testing.

It stated: "All The Body Shop products are cruelty-free and certified by Cruelty Free International...The latest CFI agreement includes a cut off date of march 11th 2013 in line with CFI guidelines".

As a result the company received Ethical Consumer's best rating for its animal testing policy.

Reference:

Ethical Consumer Questionnaire (November 2020)