A business with products can register each individual product with Vegan Founded. The products cannot be labeled with the Vegan Founded symbol without being submitted and approved by Vegan Founded.
animal ingredients and testing
The development and manufacturing of all products must not involve the use of any animal product, by-product, ingredients or derivative and do not or have not involved testing of any sort on animals including all vertebrates and all multicellular invertebrates, including by a third party.
founders and directors
We certify people and businesses, not just products. This means that the freelancer, founder or director of the business or charity must be vegan. If new directors are added to the business, it is within the registration guidelines and T&C's that we must be informed so they can also go through the registration forms and sign our declaration. Each business registered declares that they identify as being a vegan who abstains from knowingly purchasing, using or consuming animal products, products which contain animal by-products, or products that are tested on animals as well as abstaining from knowingly visiting premises where captive animals are used for entertainment purposes.
Employees of the business
First and foremost we advocate for 100% vegan businesses but we understand that businesses that are vegan may have been formed prior to the founder/director going vegan and some employees may not follow the vegan lifestyle yet. The business can still become Vegan Founded, however the founder cannot under any circumstances pay for or supply non-vegan staff with non-vegan foods, products or activities. More details of our rules surrounding this are outlined within our application pack which you can request HERE.
Vegan Founded understands that some business necessities such as computers, phones and batteries may contain animal ingredients. At this time this is sadly unavoidable and it does not exempt you from becoming Vegan Founded. The business must be mindful of how it operates and if they have any concerns about some of their business tools they can contact us to get further clarification. Vegan Founded are here to help make every business as ethical as possible and will let you know if there is a vegan alternative to the tool you are using.
kitchen and hygiene
Vegan Founded only register Vegan owned businesses and therefore there should never be risk of cross-contamination with any of our registered restaurants. However, catering companies who sometimes use premises for 'pop-up' restaurant ventures need to ensure that they use their own utensils and take appropriate action to eliminate all risks of cross-contamination by making sure all equipment that is not their own is thoroughly cleaned.