Our Commitments

Our Commitments

No leather, feathers, fur or skins 

We are a vegetarian company, which means no animals are killed for our products. None of our products contain leather, feathers, fur or exotic skins – and none of the glues used in our shoes or bags come from animals. 

Our Commitments

Against animal testing 

None of our products are tested on animals. COTY produce vegan perfumes as a license of Stella McCartney beauty products. We respect a very strict ethical charter. All our fragrances are vegan friendly, which means that no ingredient is tested in animals or comes from animal origins, including bees.

We stand by our ethics regarding animal testing. That's why we have chosen not to sell our fragrances in China where government regulations require animal testing. We hope that by promoting these values other fragrance licensees of COTY will follow us and say no to animal testing.

PVC free 

In 2008, we began to phase out our use of PVC and, since 2010, all Stella McCartney products have been PVC free. In addition to our own items, we also ensure that all adidas by Stella McCartney pieces are also PVC plastic free. 

  • Greenpeace names PVC (polyvinyl chloride) as the most environmentally damaging of all plastics. Vinyl chloride is used to make most PVC plastic and vinyl products. Short-term exposure to high levels of vinyl chloride in air can result in central nervous system effects, such as dizziness, drowsiness, and headaches in humans. Long-term exposure can result in liver damage and can lead to an increased risk of cancer.¹ 

Angora free 

Following a PETA campaign in 2013 highlighting the plight of angora rabbits, we committed to stopping all future use of angora in Stella McCartney products. Everything we have produced since Fall 2013 has been angora free and will continue to be. 

Our commitments

No Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) or azo dyes 

Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) are banned from use in our production. PFCs are used to make fabrics water repellent but are considered to be harmful for the environment – negatively impacting the reproduction and lives of aquatic organisms. Azo dyes are similarly banned from use in our supply chain and throughout Europe. 


No sandblasting 

We do not sandblast our denim. This is a technique for distressing the material, giving it a worn-in look. However, the process of sandblasting has been shown to cause fatal lung diseases in the workers carrying out the process. Any distressing that is found on our denim has been done using methods that are safe for the people carrying them out. 


No cotton from Uzbekistan, Syria or Turkmenistan 

None of our cotton comes from Uzbekistan, Syria, Turkmenistan or from other states that are considered high risk for child or forced labour. We trace the country of origin for all of the cotton that we use and are working to get traceability back to farm level for all of our key cotton supplies. We also use organic cotton whenever possible, promoting improved practices in the supply chain and providing a better livelihood to farmers. 


No mulesing 

Where possible we source our wool from farms that are committed to the highest levels of animal welfare and environmental stewardship. We do not accept wool from farms that allow mulesing. 

  • Merino sheep are specifically bred to have wrinkled skin, which means more wool per animal. Attracted to the moisture, flies lay eggs in the folds of skin, and the hatched maggots can eat the sheep alive. In order to prevent this condition called “flystrike,” Australian ranchers perform ‘mulesing’ which involves carving huge strips of skin and flesh off the backs of unanaesthetised lambs’ legs and around their tails. This is done to cause smooth, scarred skin that won’t harbour fly eggs, yet the bloody wounds often get flystrike before they heal.² 
Our Commitments

No viscose from ancient and endangered forests 

We have confirmed that the viscose and other forest-based fabrics (such as acetate) that we use are never from ancient and endangered forests or other controversial sources. Our suppliers have been audited to verify they have the industry-leading result of having attained a low-risk rating for sourcing from ancient and endangered forests.

This is a result of the CanopyStyle Audits, a third-party verification of the world’s largest viscose producers completed by Rainforest Alliance. These audits represent a major step in transforming the environmental footprint of the rayon/viscose supply chain and preserving endangered forests. Our suppliers also received the highest ranking in Canopy’s Hot Button Report


FSC certified wood, paper and packaging

All of the wood, paper and packaging we use is FSC-certified or from recycled sources. This helps to ensure that, like our viscose, the rest of our tree-based materials are also never from ancient and endangered forests. 


Our stores and offices 

As a modern brand, we aim to make responsible decisions in every part of our business including the way we design and operate our shops and offices. All of our new stores are lit using LED lighting, which use 75% less energy than traditional bulbs and last over 25 times longer than conventional options. In the UK, all of our locations are powered by wind energy provided by Ecotricity, a renewable energy company investing its revenue into building new wind turbines. Whenever possible, we also buy our fittings and furniture locally or from auctions. 



We are committed to reducing our waste and use of raw materials and increasing our innovation of repurposed, recycled and regenerated alternatives. Whether this be old-stock fabric or giving a second life to ocean plastics, we are closing the loops and establishing a new, circular economy-based precedent for the fashion industry.

1Vinyl chloride, United States Environmental Protection Agency
2Mulesing by the Wool Industry, PETA