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Is Boots an ethical vitamin and supplement brand? 

Boots is a well-known beauty retailer and pharmacy chain in the United Kingdom as well as other countries and territories.

Unfortunately, Boots receives a below benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Vitamins & Supplements Ethical Ratings Table. Because of this, it cannot yet be classed as an ethical brand.

Despite not quite reaching our minimum benchmark, The Good Shopping Guide still encourages Boots to get in touch and apply for Ethical Accreditation. If it applied, The Good Shopping Guide would be able to offer Boots an assessment and some advice on how to work on its bottom ratings.

Would you like to see how Boots compares to other brands within the Ethical Vitamins & Supplements Sector? Have a look at the Vitamins & Supplements Ethical Ratings Table.  The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Table can teach you more about the criteria that our top-rated brands have fulfilled to receive a high score.

The Good Shopping Guide recommends that all brands introduce more sustainable policies like our top-rated brands.

Does Boots have an Environmental Report?

Walgreens Boots Alliance has an ESG report which contains evidence of progress. The report also includes future targets on environmental issues such as CO2 emissions and packaging.

As a result, Boots receives a top rating for our Environmental Report category.

Does Boots produce vitamins for vegans?

Boots has received certification from The Vegan Society for some of its vitamins. As a result, it receives a top rating for our Vegetarian/Vegan category.

Why does Boots receive a bottom rating for Political Donations?

In recent election cycles, Walgreens Boots Alliance has donated over $2 million to political parties in the United States.

As this is above our threshold for a top or middle score, Boots receives a bottom rating in this category.

What can Boots do to improve its score? 

The below benchmark score that Boots receives within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Vitamins & Supplements Sector is the outcome of an assessment of a variety of ethical criteria.

Despite its low placement on the Vitamins & Supplements Ethical Ratings Table, The Good Shopping Guide still encourages Boots to get in touch and apply for Ethical Accreditation. Once we receive its application, The Good Shopping Guide will offer Boots some advice on how to improve its bottom ratings. After following our advice, Boots could become one of our best supplement brands.

Are you aware that your Vitamin and Supplement brand may benefit from Ethical Accreditation? Companies that receive our accreditation can to proudly display our logo, demonstrating to consumers that it is an ethical brand. You can find out which other brands within the Ethical Vitamins & Supplements Sector have achieved our ethics and sustainability certification by visiting our Ratings Tables. Would you like to find out more? Please contact us or fill out a free initial assessment form.















Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Irresponsible Marketing


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


= GSG Top Rating = GSG Middle Rating = GSG Bottom Rating