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In July 2021, Ethical Consumer viewed Amazon website and found that the company sold leather; Amazon had its own shoe brands and sold many other leather products through its website. Amazon's own brands using leather included 206 Collective, Leather Architect.

Although this was potentially a small proportion of its business, because of the size of the company it was assumed that significant volumes of leather were sold.

The company stated on its website: "In 2020, we joined the Leather Working Group, a nonprofit membership organization that works to improve environmental stewardship within the global leather industry. By the end of 2023, we will source all leather used in Amazon-owned Private Brands apparel and shoe products from tanneries that meet the Leather Working Group’s bronze level award or higher."

The company lost a whole mark under Ethical Consumer’s Animal Rights category.


Amazon corporate website sustainability section (5 July 2021)