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Does B&Q produce sustainable furniture?

B&Q, a popular DIY and home improvement company is a below-benchmark brand within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Furniture sector.

We still encourage B&Q to apply for Ethical Accreditation even though it has not yet met our minimum Ethical Benchmark. The Good Shopping Guide would provide B&Q with a thorough appraisal as well as some recommendations on how it could raise its score on the Furniture Ethical Ratings Table.

If you wish to see where other brands score on the Ethical Furniture sector compared to B&Q, visit the Furniture Ethical Ratings Table. Our Ratings Table can help you to learn more about the criteria that a brand has to meet so that reaches our minimum Ethical Benchmark.

Before submitting an application for Ethical Accreditation, The Good Shopping Guide encourages all brands to follow the lead set by our top-rated brands and adopt more ethical procedures.

What does B&Q receive a top rating for?

The Good Shopping Guide awards B&Q with a top rating under our Environmental Report category. B&Q’s parent company Kingfisher has a Responsible Business Report which contains several environmental targets such as reaching net-zero for its operations by 2040 and sustainable forestry.

The report also has evidence of progress on previous targets.

What does B&Q receive a bottom rating for?

Unfortunately, B&Q’s score is brought down by its bottom rating for Animal Welfare. Kingfisher has stated that whilst it does not commission or carry out animal testing itself, “some testing of ingredients/products may be carried out in our extended supply chain, in order to meet regulatory requirements”.

What can B&Q do to improve its score? 

B&Q’s score within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Furniture sector is the outcome of the consideration of multiple ethical criteria.

The Good Shopping Guide recommends that B&Q work on its bottom score in The Good Shopping Guide’s Animal Welfare category so that it can see its position rise on the Furniture Ethical Ratings Table.

Even though it currently has a below-benchmark score, The Good Shopping Guide encourages B&Q to contact us and apply for Ethical Accreditation. If it did this, we could offer B&Q some guidance on how to improve and become one of our most sustainable furniture brands.

Could your Furniture brand benefit from Ethical Accreditation? You can find out which other brands within the Ethical Furniture sector have earned our ethics and sustainability certification by visiting The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables. Please get in touch with us if you would like more information, or fill out a rapid initial ethical assessment form to evaluate your brand’s current ESG, CSR and sustainability initiatives.

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  • Environmental Report


  • Nuclear Power


  • Timber Sourcing Policy


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations


  • Human Rights



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Other Criticisms


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