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Is No7 an ethical brand?

No7 is a skincare brand owned by conglomerate Walgreens Boots Alliance. It receives a poor Good Shopping Guide score on our Ethical Skincare Ratings Table. No7 has many issues to address and should change its business activities in order to reach our ethical benchmark and achieve Ethical Accreditation. Much of No7’s poor ethical business practices come as a result of being owned by Walgreens Boots Alliance, an infamous global corporation.

Is No7 Cruelty-Free? 

Though No7 states that it is “against animal testing” and that none of its products is sold in-store in mainland China, parent brand, Walgreens Boots Alliance has slightly vague a statement on animal testing. The brand ascertains that “[n]o animal testing is undertaken by Walgreens Boots Alliance… [f]or our own product brands”, and that the company does not “conduct animal testing on products, or on ingredients used in these products.” However, Walgreens Boots Alliance does not vouch for the other brands that it stocks products from or owns, stating that, “[u]ntil satisfactory replacements are available and all regulatory authorities stop requiring animal tests, we recognize that other companies may continue to carry out some animal testing in order to meet certain legislative and regulatory requirements and to protect the health of consumers. As a result, suppliers of ingredients, components and finished goods used in Walgreens Boots Alliance may have to or continue to carry out tests on animals.

Therefore, consumers concerned about Animal Welfare might want to steer clear of No7, and the policies of its parent company suggest that some products have indeed been tested on animals.

Are No7 cosmetics vegan? 

No7 products are not all vegan and some contain animal products, such as lanolin, which is a waxy secretion from sheep. Beeswax, carmine, and silk are also among the animal-derived ingredients found in No7 products.

Does Walgreens Boots Alliance donate to political parties?

Yes, Walgreens Boots Alliance does make Political Donations. Any pharmaceutical or drug-related company that has political sway can greatly influence government policy, sometimes against the best interests of public health.

Walgreens Boots Alliance and the opioid epidemic in the US

According to one federal court case, Walgreens Boots Alliance was one of the major pharmaceutical companies charged with fueling the US opioid epidemic. The court filing in May 2020 reported that pharmacies including Walgreens were as complicit in continuing the crisis as the manufacturers of the addictive drugs.  According to the complaint lodged in federal court, these retailers sold millions of pills in small communities and incentivised selling large amounts of opioids by providing bonuses for pharmacists who filled out a lot of prescriptions. Walgreens was also accused of collaborating directly with drug manufacturers to promote opioids as safe and effective.

Is No7 a sustainable brand?

The Environmental Report supplied by Walgreen Boots Alliance, the parent company of No7, is rated as satisfactory by The Good Shopping Guide, and therefore receives a high score for this research criterion.

In this report, Walgreens Boots Alliance track where its carbon emissions are coming from (e.g. from transport, manufacturing, heat, and light, etc) and provides evidence of steadily reducing carbon emissions.

How can No7 improve its ethical rating?

The Good Shopping Guide assesses No7’s score using 15 ethical criteria. For No7 to improve its score, it must several unethical business practices, such as Walgreens Boots Alliance’s Irresponsible Marketing of opioids and its vague Animal Welfare policies and statement. Then No7 might one day attain The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Accreditation!

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


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