Animal Products

Proposals this year about animal-derived products deal with fur and down. At Kohl’s, Harrington Investments wants the company to “adopt a vendor policy regarding oversight on preventing cruelty to animals throughout the supply chain,” pointing out that it has no policy about animal welfare in its supply chain. Previous resolutions from the Humane Society of the United States about fur products sold by Kohl’s earned about 3 percent in 2012 and 2013.

At another clothing company, TJX, Harrington wants the company to “amend its Vendor Code of Conduct, or take equivalent action in other enforceable governance documents, to ensure prevention of cruelty to animals consistently throughout the supply chain.” The resolution takes issue with the company’s policy about fur products. (A 2018 proposal about fur and wool products from Harrington was omitted on ordinary business grounds.)

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has filed its first proposal to Bed Bath & Beyond. It says, “Given the cruel and inhumane treatment of birds used in down production, the Board is strongly encouraged to enact a policy ensuring that no products sold by Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. contain down.”