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.

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,

Tweet to @Acer


Company: Aga Rangemaster Group

Major brands: Aga, Rayburn, Rangemasters,

Product guides: cookers

Tweet to @AGA_Official


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

Tweet to @amazon


Company: AOL

Major brands: AOL

Product guides: email providers

Tweet to @AOL


Company: ASUSTeK Computer Inc

Major brands: Asus

Product guides: Laptops, tablets, desktops

Tweet to @ASUS


Company: Apple

Major brands: Apple

Product guides: mobile phones, laptops, desktops, tablets

Tweet to @AppleMusic


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

Tweet to @Primark


Company: Barclays

Major brands: Barclays

Product guides: current accounts, savings accounts

Tweet to @Barclays


Company: Boots

Major brands: Boots the Chemist

Product guides: Shampoo, Shower Gel

Tweet to @BootsUK


Company: Bridgepoint Advisers Ltd

Major brands: Zizzi, Pret a Manger, Ask

Product guides: Restaurants, coffee shops

Tweet to @Pret


Company: BT Group

Major brands: BT

Product guides: email provider, broadband

Tweet to @BTCare

Company: Dell

Major brands: Dell

Product guides: laptops, tablets, desktops, monitors

Tweet to @Dell


Company:  De Longhi Industrial SA

Major brands: De'Longhi, Braun

Product guides: cookers, kettle, microwaves

Tweet to @Braun

Company: ebay

Major brands: ebay

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

Tweet to @eBay


Company: E.on

Major brands: E.on

Product guides: energy suppliers

Tweet to @eonenergyuk


Company: Electronic Arts

Major brands: Electronic Arts

Product guides: Video games

Tweet to @EA


Company: Estee Lauder

Major brands: Estée Lauder, Clinique

Product guides: perfume

Tweet to @EsteeLauder



Company: Fujitsu Ltd

Major brands: Fujitsu

Product guides: Laptop, tablets, monitors

Tweet to @Fujitsu_Global



Company: Game retail Ltd

Major brands: Game

Product guides:  video games

Tweet to @GAMEdigital



Company: Google

Major brands: Nexus, Play, Chrome, Android

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

Tweet to @google



Company: Hewlett-Packard

Major brands: Hewlett-Packard (HP)

Product guides: Desktop, laptop, tablet, monitors

Tweet to @HP



Company: High Tech computer Corp

Major brands: HTC

Product guides: Mobile phones

Tweet to @htc  




Company:  IAC/InterActiveCorp

Major brands: Vimeo

Product guides: streaming services

Tweet to @Vimeo


Company:  Ikea

Major brands: Ikea

Product guides: Furniture Shops

Tweet to @ikea




Company: Kingfisher

Major brands: B&Q

Product guides: garden centres, peat free compost, seeds

Tweet to @BandQ



Company: Kyocera Corporation

Major brands: Kyocera

Product guides: printers, solar panels

Tweet to @KyoceraMobile



Company: L51N Limited

Major brands: River Island

Product guides: High street clothing

Tweet to @riverisland



Company: Lenovo

Major brands: Lenovo, Motorola

Product guides: Desktops, laptops, tablets, mobile phones

Tweet to @Motorola



Company: London 58 Limited

Major brands: Wyevale Garden Centres

Product guides: Garden Centres

Tweet to @WyevaleGC



Company: Lion Capital

Major brands: Weetabix

Product guides: cereals

Tweet to @weetabix


Company: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA

Major brands: Tag Heuer, Loius Vuitton

Product guides: Luxury Clothing

Tweet to @MoetUSA



Company: McDonald's

Major brands: McDonald's

Product guides: Fast food

Tweet to @McDonalds



Company: Mattel

Major brands: Mattel

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

Tweet to @Mattel



Company: Micro Star International

Major brands: MSI

Product guides: Laptops, desktops

Tweet to @msitweets



Company: Monsoon Holdings

Major brands: Monsoon, Accessorize

Product guides: high street fashion retailers

Tweet to @MonsoonUK


Company: Mondelez

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

Product guides: chocolate bars, biscuits

Tweet to @CadburyUK



Company: Netflix

Major brands: Netflix

Product guides: Movie streaming

Tweet to @Netflix



Company: Nike

Major brands: Nike, Converse, Hurley, Umbro

Product guides: sportswear, trainers

Tweet to @Nike



Company: Nokia

Major brands: Nokia

Product guides: mobile phones

Tweet to @nokia



Company: Philips

Major brands: Philips

Product guides: DVD playerskettles

Tweet to @Philips




Company: Rakuten

Major brands:

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

Tweet to @RakutenUK



Company: Rovy

Major brands: eMusic

Product guides: buying music

Tweet to @eMusic



Company: Samsung

Major brands: Samsung

Product guides: laptops, tablets, desktops, mobile phones

Tweet to @samsung


Company: Scotts

Major brands: Levington, Miracle Grow

Product guides: Peat free compost

Tweet to @MiracleGro



Company: Sony

Major brands: Sony

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

Tweet to @Sony


Company: Spectrum Major brands

Major brands: Russell Hobbs, Remington

Product guides: Kettles, cookers, coffee makersshavers

Tweet to @RussellHobbsUK


Company: Spotify

Major brands: Spotify

Product guides: music

Tweet to @Spotify


Company: Starbucks

Major brands: Starbucks

Product guides: Coffee Shops

Tweet to @Starbucks

Company: Steinway Musical Instruments

Major brands:

Product guides: buying music

Tweet to @arkivmusic


Company: Sun Capital Partners

Major brands: SCS

Product guides: Furniture retailers

Tweet to @ScSSofas

Company: Toshiba

Major brands: Toshiba

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

Tweet to @ToshibaUK


Company: Triumph International Spiesshofer & Braun Kommanditgesellschaft

Major brands: Triumph

Product guides: underwear

Tweet to @TriumphUK

Company: Unilever

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

Product guides: Margarine, shampoo

Tweet to @Unilever


Company: Vodafone

Major brands: Vodafone

Product guides: mobile phone networks

Tweet to @VodafoneUK 

Company: Walmart

Major brands: ASDA

Product guides: Supermarkets

Tweet to @asda


Company: Walt Disney

Major brands: Disney

Product guides: Toy retailers

Tweet to @Disney

Company: Yum Major brands

Major brands: Pizza Hut

Product guides: Restaurant chains

Tweet to @pizzahut