Companies to avoid

Major Criticisms

CompanyCountryCriticism
3MUSAAnimal testing, involvement with Burma
BaiadaAUSFactory farming, workers'€™ rights
BayerGERGenetic engineering, hazardous chemicals in pesticides
CargillUSAPalm oil supply chain, deforestation, promotion of GMO into food chain
Church & DwightUSAAnimal testing
CloroxUSAAnimal testing
Coles / WesfarmersAUSAnticompetitive behaviour, gaming, sweatshops
Conga FoodsAUSUnsustainable fishing
DanoneFRAPromotion of bottled water, gaming,
irresponsible marketing
Estee LauderUSAAnimal testing, nanoparticles in cosmetics, price fixing
FonterraNZLPalm-based animal feed, pushing an intensive farming model in NZ
GlaxoSmithKlineUKAnimal testing, adulterated drugs, $3b fine for fraud
HasbroUSAWorkers'€™ rights, sweatshops
HenkelGERAnimal testing, price fixing
HormelUSAOpposing regulations, BPA policy
Johnson & JohnsonUSAAnimal testing, unethical marketing, price fixing,
action on Darfur
Kao CorporationJPNAnimal testing, water pollution in China
KelloggUSAIrresponsible marketing, use of GE sugar in US products, BPA policy
LactalisFRAPalm oil supply chain
L'OréalFRAAnimal testing, price fixing, part owned by Nestlé, nanoparticles in cosmetics
LVMHFRAUse of fur, price fixing, 'D' rating at rankabrand.org
MarsUSAWorkers' rights, animal testing
MattelUSAWorkers'€™ rights, recall of unsafe toys
MondelezUSAWorkers'€™ rights, BPA policy, use of GMOs, price fixing
MonsantoUSAHazardous chemicals, genetic engineering, bullying farmers
NestléSWIWorkers' rights, irresponsible marketing,
water grab in North America, pollution
NovartisSWIDrug patenting in India,
xenotransplantation experiments
Peerless FoodsAUSPalm oil supply chain
PepsicoUSAPromoting bottled water, BPA policy,
water pollution in China, discrimination
PfizerUSAAnimal testing, irresponsible marketing,
human rights abuses, cruelty to horses
Procter & GambleUSAAnimal testing, price fixing, nanoparticles in cosmetics
Reckitt BenckiserUKAnimal testing, anticompetitive behavior
RevlonUSANanoparticles in cosmetics, parent co involved in military and gaming
SC JohnsonUSAAnimal testing
ShiseidoJPNAnimal Testing, palm oil supply chain, price fixing
Snack Brands AustraliaAUSPalm oil supply chain
Tetley / TataINDWorkers' rights, military involvement
UnileverUK/NLDAnimal testing, BPA policy, price fixing,
worker exploitation in Kenya and India
WilmarSGPDeforestation, human rights
Wittington
Investments
UKSelling foie gras, worker exploitation,
illegal political donations
WoolworthsAUSAnticompetitive behaviour, gaming, greenwash, unsustainable fishing

Lesser Criticisms

CompanyCountryCriticism
BeiersdorfGERAnimal testing
BicFRAAnimal testing
Campbell Soup Co.USAPalm oil supply chain
ClarinsFRANanoparticles in cosmetics, price fixing
Coca-Cola AmatilAUSOpposing a CDS, part ownership by Coca-Cola Co., who have two boycott calls
Colgate-PalmoliveUSAAnimal testing, price fixing
HeinzUSAIrresponsible marketing
CotyGERAnimal testing
LindtSWILabour rights
Lion / KirinJPNGenetic engineering, animal rights, 49.8% in Newsweek Green Rankings 2012
McCormickUSALabour rights
Pacific BrandsAUSWorkers'€™ rights, excessive executive pay
Primo SmallgoodsAUSFined for mislabelling
PZ CussonsUKAnimal testing
SABMillerUKPart ownership by Altria, tax avoidance
SanofiFRAPoor governance record

Boycotts

Boycotts are a form of consumer activism where people avoid buying products from a particular company as an expression of protest. There are many examples of successful boycotts, such as the five year campaign by Greenpeace that ended in 2009 after Kimberly-Clark agreed to stop sourcing their paper pulp from Canada’s Boreal Forest. [more info]

Please note, we do not call boycotts, rather we report boycotts that have been called by other organisations. See our criteria for sources used here. Boycotts called against companies for ‘political’ reasons have not been used in calculations of assessment, but are noted under ‘information’.

The companies below have received strong international criticisms from credible organisations over a particular issue, resulting in a boycott call.

For more information on these companies, see Boycotts.

For information on other current boycotts visit Ethical Consumer (UK website).