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How ethical and sustainable is Voltarol? 

Voltarol is included in The Good Shopping Guide‘s pain remedies Ethical Ratings Table. Although Voltarol has not yet complied with our ethical requirements, we are optimistic that it will do so in the future and develop into a company that upholds higher standards. Voltarol might be able to increase customer confidence by pursuing Ethical Accreditation, which would involve a more extensive assessment and recommendations for ethical development.

Do you want to see how Voltarol compares against other popular brands within the Ethical Pain Remedies Sector? Visit the Pain Remedies Ethical Ratings Table.  The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Table can help you to find out more about the criteria that a brand has to fulfil to receive a top rating.

The Good Shopping Guide suggests that all brands follow the good example that has been set by our top-rated brands and adopt more ethical practices.

What does Voltarol do?

Voltarol sells a range of Gels, Plasters and Patches and Knee support. The brand’s joint pain relief targets aches and sprains as well as non-serious arthritic conditions. Voltarol gel was first approved in 2007. GlexoSmithKline owns Voltarol.

For which criteria does Voltarol perform poorly? 

Voltarol receives a low rating in the Animal Welfare, Vegetarian/vegan and Public Record Criticisms categories. Its parent company, Haleon, confirms on its website that it tests on animals and no vegetarian or vegan certified products could be found in the Voltarol product range. Additionally, Voltarol lost marks in Public Record Criticisms as a result of Haleon’s ownership by Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline, two companies which have received numerous ethical criticism.

In what areas does Voltarol score well for its ethics?

Voltarol receives a top rating for Environmental Report, due to Haleon’s environmental policies and sustainability targets. The brand also achieves top marks in the Nuclear, Fossil Fuels and Armaments criteria, as Haleon is not involved in any of these controversial industries.

How can Voltarol 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.

Voltarol might improve its standing and adhere to our fundamental ethical principles by banning all animal testing and political contributions.

Were you aware that your brand could benefit from Ethical Accreditation? Our accredited brands can proudly display The Good Shopping Guide mark, demonstrating to consumers that it is an ethical and sustainable brand. Our Ratings Table can show you which other brands within the Ethical Pain Remedies sector have been awarded with our ethics and sustainability certification.

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Ethical performance in category


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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


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