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How ethical and sustainable is Sudafed? 

Sudafed is included in The Good Shopping Guide‘s Cold Remedies Ethical Ratings Table. Although if Sudafed hasn’t yet followed our ethical standards, we have faith that it will in the future and develop into a company that upholds better standards. Sudafed might increase consumer trust by submitting an application for Ethical Accreditation, which would involve a more extensive study and recommendations for ethical development.

Are you interested in seeing how Soothers rates against other brands within the Ethical Cold Remedies sector? Visit the Cold Remedies Ethical Ratings Table. From The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables, you can learn more about the criteria that our top-rated brands have fulfilled.

What does Sudafed do?

Sudafed is a decongestant brand that provides over-the-counter treatments for congestion and associated symptoms ranging from a blocked nose to sinus pressure and pain. The brand sells a range of products specifically formulated to tackle different issues such as Blocked nose, congestion & headache, mucus relief and sinus issues. Sudafed is owned by Johnson & Johnson.

For which criteria does Sudafed perform poorly? 

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

The parent company of the brand, Johnson & Johnson, is recognised in the PETA directory of companies that use animal testing. Despite a policy that aims to use non-animal alternatives whenever possible, the corporation nevertheless conducts animal experimentation.

Johnson & Johnson came under fire for their careless promotion of opioid use. Although the corporation acknowledged accepting a settlement offer, it insists that this does not amount to an admission of guilt.

Past Criticisms of Sudafed’s ethical record

In the Corporate Transparency index, which rates supply chain processes, Sudafed’s parent firm obtained a low rating. Johnson & Johnson also faced over 38,000 lawsuits related to allegations that the company’s talc baby powder was tainted with cancer-causing asbestos.

In what areas does Sudafed score well for its ethics?

High grades are given to Sudafed for its environmental report, genetic modification policies, nuclear power worries, and armaments. The “Health for Humanity” report from Johnson & Johnson lists environmental achievements and targets for 2025.

How can Sudafed 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.

Sudafed might apply for Ethical Accreditation for more detailed guidance on how to improve. Sudafed may improve its rating and fulfil our fundamental ethical requirements by ceasing all forms of Animal testing and Political donations to ensure there are no associations with any parties or beliefs.

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 Cold Remedies sector have been awarded with our ethical certification.

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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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