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How ethical and sustainable is Benylin? 

Benylin is included in The Good Shopping Guide‘s Cold Remedies Ethical Ratings Table. Benylin has not yet upheld our ethical standards, but we are hopeful that it will do so in the future and become an organisation that operates with higher standards. Applying for Ethical Accreditation, which would entail a more thorough investigation and recommendations for ethical development, could help Benylin boost consumer trust.

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 Benylin do?

Benylin is a brand of cough, cold and flu medicines the brand has been owned by Johnson & Johnson since 2008. Benylin provides a large range of cough relief for children and adults as well as cough medicine for each specific kind of cough such as mucus cough, chesty cough and dry coughs.

For which criteria does Benylin perform poorly? 

Benylin received a low rating for Organic products, Animal Welfare, Vegan products, Irresponsible Marketing and Political Donations.

Johnson & Johnson, the parent firm of the brand, is listed in the PETA database of businesses that use animal testing. The company still uses animal experimentation despite having a policy that tries to employ non-animal alternatives whenever possible.

Past Criticisms of Benylin’s ethical record

Benylin faced criticism after its parent company received a rating of 11.73/100 in the Corporate Transparency index that evaluates supply chain practices, and Johnson & Johnson also faced roughly 38,000 lawsuits linked to claims that the brand’s talc baby powder was contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos.

In what areas does Benylin score well for its ethics?

Benylin obtains high marks for its Environmental Report, policies on Genetic Modification, Nuclear Power concerns and Armaments. Johnson & Johnson’s  “Health for Humanity” report lists environmental accomplishments and objectives for 2025.

How can Benylin 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 about how we rate.

Benylin might apply for Ethical Accreditation for more detailed guidance on how to improve. Benylin may improve its rating and fulfill our fundamental ethical requirements by ceasing all political donations and all animal testing.

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.

Ethical performance in category


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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


  • Public Record Criticisms+


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