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In October 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed Suma’s website for information on its policy on the issue of animal testing, and a questionnaire received from the company in October 2021.

The company stated "All of our bodycare (Alter/Native) and cleaning (Ecoleaf) products are Leaping Bunny and Vegan Society approved. We do not list any products that have been tested on animals." It stated "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." It therefore had a strong policy for own-brand products.

However it was unclear what the company's approach was when it came to retailed non-own brand products. It sold for example Ecover washing up liquid, which was owned by SC Johnson - a company subject to a boycott by the organisation NatureWatch for its involvement in animal testing. Ecover thus lost a whole mark in the Animal Testing category.

Suma therefore lost half a mark under Animal Testing.

Reference:

www.suma.coop (27 October 2021)

In October 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed a questionnaire from Suma which stated "Where eggs are an ingredient, they must be free-range." This was considered to be a positive policy addressing a Factory Farming issue.

However, as Suma retailed products containing animal products they lost half a mark under Animal Rights.

Reference:

Questionnaire October 2021 (October 2021)

In October 2021, 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 Suma received half a positive mark under Company Ethos and was considered to have a positive policy addressing a Factory Farming issue.

Reference:

www.suma.coop (27 October 2021)

In October 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed the Suma website and found the company's 'Honey & Bee Welfare Policy'.

Its welfare practices included:

-Colonies can freely access suitable sources of nectar and pollen
-Honey is only taken from the hive when there is enough honey produced for the bees themselves
-Bees are free to fly and forage from their hives. Wing clipping is not practiced or tolerated within our supply chain
-Where it is necessary to transport stocks of bees, they are not confined for longer than necessary and sufficient ventilation and cooling is ensured
-Regular hive inspections are carried out to check for signs of stress or disease. Care is taken not to stress the bees
-Disease prevention and control measures are in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of the bees

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

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

Reference:

www.suma.coop (27 October 2021)