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How ethical and sustainable is Beechams? 

Beechams is included in The Good Shopping Guide‘s Cold Remedies Ethical Ratings Table. Beechams has yet to meet our ethical standards, but we believe that in the future, the brand will make the necessary changes to function as a more ethical organisation. Beechams might increase consumer trust by applying for Ethical Accreditation, which would include a more complete examination and suggestions for ethical development.

We all want to know how to get over a cold but what better way than making sure it’s ethical, more information on the ethical issues the cold remedy industry faces may be found in The Good Shopping Guide to Ethical cold and flu medicine.

What does Beechams do?

Beechams was founded in 1859 as a pharmaceutical company. Now, it is best known for its cold and flu products. Beechams sells all in one capsules sold to fight all aspects of cold and flu as well as liquid, powder and sachets in lemon and honey & lemon flavours. The brand provides a non-drowsy medicine to treat chesty coughs, sore throats, blocked nose, headache, fevers and aches & pains. Beechams is a part of the Haleon Plc company group.

For which criteria does Beechams perform poorly? 

Beechams received a low rating for Vegetarian/vegan and Animal Welfare, due to a lack of vegetarian or vegan products and Haleon’s involvement in animal testing.

In what areas does Beechams score well for its ethics?

Beechams receives a high score for its Environmental Report, as Haleon has set targets to improve its environmental record in areas such as carbon emissions, waste and packaging.

How can Beechams improve its ethical rating?

The Ethical rating of a brand is divided into three categories by The Good Shopping Guide: the Environment, People and Animals (find out more on our How We Rate page).

Beechams might apply for Ethical Accreditation for more detailed guidance on how to improve. Beechams may improve its rating and fulfill our fundamental ethical requirements by ceasing all Animal testing and Political Donations.

Are you curious about how obtaining Ethical Accreditation could be beneficial for your brand? Accredited brands can display The Good Shopping Guide mark, showcasing to consumers that it can be trusted as an ethical and sustainable brand. Visit our Ratings Tables to learn about which brands within the Ethical Cleaning Products sector have been awarded with our ethical certification. Would you like more information? Please get in touch or fill out a Free Initial Assessment form.


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  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Irresponsible Marketing


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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