Company Tax Rankings

Last updated: February 2016



Tax Avoidance Rankings



These companies all score our worst rating for the likely use of tax avoidance strategies. All have at least two high risk subsidiaries in tax havens.


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At Ethical Consumer we have been researching and campaigning on tax avoidance for years, launching both an Amazon boycott and the Fair Tax Mark.

Tax avoidance is now the number one corporate responsibility issue for UK consumers, with 45% of them having reconsidered buying goods and services from companies that avoid paying tax (ipsos mori poll).


All the companies included here have been featured in our unique product guides.



Companies and Brands



Company: Acer

Major brands: Acer, Packard Bell

Product guides: Laptops, tablets, desktops, mobile phones,



Company: Aga Rangemaster Group

Major brands: Aga, Rayburn, Rangemasters,

Product guides: cookers



Company: Amazon

Major brands:, Kindle, ABE Books, The Book Depository

Product guides: booksellers, buying music, dvd retailers, toy retailers, video games, film streaming services, tablets, e:readers



Company: AOL

Major brands: AOL

Product guides: email providers



Company: ASUSTeK Computer Inc

Major brands: Asus

Product guides: Laptops, tablets, desktops



Company: Apple

Major brands: Apple

Product guides: mobile phones, laptops, desktops, tablets



Company: Associated British Foods

Major brands: Allinson, Silver Spoon, Billingtons, Kingsmill, Burgen, Sunblest, Primark, Ovaltine, Twinings, Jacksons of Piccadilly, Jordans, Dorset Cereals

Product guides: Sugar, highstreet clothing retailers, bread, tea



Company: Barclays

Major brands: Barclays

Product guides: current accounts, savings accounts



Company: Boots

Major brands: Boots the Chemist

Product guides: Shampoo, Shower Gel




Company: Bridgepoint Advisers Ltd

Major brands: Zizzi, Pret a Manger, Ask

Product guides: Restaurants, coffee shops



Company: BT Group

Major brands: BT

Product guides: email provider, broadband


Company: Dell

Major brands: Dell

Product guides: laptops, tablets, desktops, monitors



Company:  De Longhi Industrial SA

Major brands: De'Longhi, Braun

Product guides: cookers, kettle, microwaves



Company: ebay

Major brands: ebay

Product guides: buying music, video games, book retailers, dvd retailers



Company: E.on

Major brands: E.on

Product guides: energy suppliers


Company: Electronic Arts

Major brands: Electronic Arts

Product guides: Video games


Company: Entertainment Magpie Holdings Ltd

Major brands:

Product guides: cd retailers, DVD retailers


Company: Estee Lauder

Major brands: Estée Lauder, Clinique

Product guides: perfume



Company: Fujitsu Ltd

Major brands: Fujitsu

Product guides: Laptop, tablets, monitors



Company: Game retail Ltd

Major brands: Game

Product guides:  video games



Company: Gamestop   

Major brands: Gamestop

Product guides: video games


Company: Google

Major brands: Nexus, Play, Chrome, Android

Product guides: Mobile phones, email providers, tablets, web browsers



Company: Hewlett-Packard

Major brands: Hewlett-Packard (HP)

Product guides: Desktop, laptop, tablet, monitors



Company: High Tech computer Corp

Major brands: HTC

Product guides: Mobile phones




Company: Hutchison Whampoa Ltd 

Major brands: -

Product guides: - 



Company:  IAC/InterActiveCorp

Major brands: Vimeo

Product guides: streaming services


Company:  Ikea

Major brands: Ikea

Product guides: Furniture Shops



Company:  Inditex

Major brands: Zara, Bershka

Product guides: high street clothes retailers



Company: Kingfisher

Major brands: B&Q

Product guides: garden centres, peat free compost, seeds



Company: Kyocera Corporation

Major brands: Kyocera

Product guides: printers, solar panels



Company: L51N Limited

Major brands: River Island

Product guides: High street clothing



Company: Lenovo

Major brands: Lenovo, Motorola

Product guides: Desktops, laptops, tablets, mobile phones



Company: London 58 Limited

Major brands: Wyevale Garden Centres

Product guides: Garden Centres



Company: Lion Capital

Major brands: Weetabix

Product guides: cereals


Company: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA

Major brands: Tag Heuer

Product guides: -



Company: McDonald's

Major brands: McDonald's

Product guides: Fast food



Company: Mattel

Major brands: Mattel

Product guides: Toy Retailers, dolls and action figures, cars and trains



Company: Micro Star International

Major brands: MSI

Product guides: Laptops, desktops



Company: Monsoon Holdings

Major brands: Monsoon, Accessorize

Product guides: high street fashion retailers


Company: Mondelez

Major Brands; Cadburys, Belvita, Philadelphia, Ritz, Orea, Toblerone

Product guides: chocolate bars, biscuits



Company: Netflix

Major brands: Netflix

Product guides: Movie streaming



Company: Nike

Major brands: Nike, Converse, Hurley, Umbro

Product guides: sportswear, trainers



Company: Nokia

Major brands: Nokia

Product guides: mobile phones



Company: Philips

Major brands: Philips

Product guides: DVD playerskettles




Company: Rakuten

Major brands:

Product guides: buying music, DVD retailers, video game retailers



Company: Rovy

Major brands: eMusic

Product guides: buying music



Company: Samsung

Major brands: Samsung

Product guides: laptops, tablets, desktops, mobile phones


Company: Scotts

Major brands: Levington, Miracle Grow

Product guides: Peat free compost



Company: Sony

Major brands: Sony

Product guides: cameras, dvd players, e:readers, laptops, tablets


Company: Spectrum Major brands

Major brands: Russell Hobbs, Remington

Product guides: Kettles, cookers, coffee makersshavers



Company: Spotify

Major brands: Spotify

Product guides: music



Company: Starbucks

Major brands: Starbucks

Product guides: Coffee Shops

Company: Steinway Musical Instruments

Major brands:

Product guides: buying music



Company: Sun Capital Partners

Major brands: SCS

Product guides: Furniture retailers



Company: Toshiba

Major brands: Toshiba

Product guides: Mobile phones, MP3 players, LED light bulbs, TVs



Company: Triumph International Spiesshofer & Braun Kommanditgesellschaft

Major brands: Triumph

Product guides: underwear



Company: Unilever

Major brands: Bertoli, Flora, Tresemme, Walls, Ben and Jerry's

Product guides: Margarine, shampoo




Company: Vodafone

Major brands: Vodafone

Product guides: mobile phone networks





Company: Walmart

Major brands: ASDA

Product guides: Supermarkets



Company: Walt Disney

Major brands: Disney

Product guides: Toy retailers



Company: Yum Major brands

Major brands: Pizza Hut

Product guides: Restaurant chains




Further Reading

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What is a Tax Haven?

Richard Murphy reveals the 'secrecy world' of offshore activites and how these companies are able to get away with such dubious practices.

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