The Inditex Group applies responsible production standards for its products in relation to the use of elements of animal origin. With this respect, the policy on animal welfare of the Inditex Group sets forth that:
- All animal products used in items distributed by the Group shall come from animals treated in an ethical and responsible manner.
- All animal products deriving from animals slaughtered shall come from species reared in farms to obtain meat.
- Under no circumstances shall animal products deriving from animals slaughtered exclusively to sell their skins, shell, horn, bone, feather or down, be used.
- The cosmetics products retailed by Inditex are not tested on animals at any stage during their production. Moreover, none of these products contains ingredients of animal origin.
Inditex's formats do not sell fur (*).
Inditex has adhered to the Fur Free Retailer Program of the Fur Free Alliance.
(*) Definition of fur by the Fur Free Alliance: any animal skin or part thereof with hair or fur fibers attached thereto, either in its raw or processed state or the pelt of any animal killed solely for its fur. "Animal" includes, but is not limited to, mink, coyote, sable, fox, muskrat, rabbit, and raccoon dog. "Fur" shall not include 1) such skins as are, or are to be, converted into leather or which in processing have, or shall have, the hair, fleece, or fur fiber completely removed, 2) materials clipped, shorn, or combed from animals, fleece, sheepskin, shearling, 3) leather or hair attached to skin that is typically used as leather (e.g. cowhide with hair attached), 4) synthetic materials intended to look like fur.
Inditex applies the principles of its animal welfare policy to all items supplied to the Group including raw materials of animal origin. Consequently, cruel practices such as sheep mulesing are not accepted in Inditex' supply chain.
In addition, in 2014 Inditex decided to cease production of garments made from angora wool and is eliminating these products from its ranges in 2015
All wool producers with direct or indirect relationships with Inditex' suppliers must duly comply with ethical and responsible animal treatment criteria stipulated in our in-house policy.