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Beyond Meat

How ethical is Beyond Meat?

Beyond Meat is a plant-based food brand which has a below-benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Vegan & Vegetarian Foods Ratings Table. Although Beyond Meat has not yet met our ethical benchmark, we hope to see the brand make progress in the future.

We would have extra confidence in Beyond Meat if it applied for Ethical Accreditation, whereby The Good Shopping Guide would make further detailed assessment and recommendations for ethical improvement.

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What does Beyond Meat do?

Beyond Meat is an American plant-based food brand which was founded by Ethan Brown in 2009 in an effort to combat climate change caused by meat farming. The range started with chicken free strips and now includes numerous chicken, beef and pork substitute products.

In which areas does Beyond Meat perform poorly?

Beyond Meat was marked down under our criteria for Organic due to a lack of certification. It is given a middle rating for its Environmental Report as its ‘Our Mission’ page does not include much information on the brand’s environmental commitments.


Find out more about how we rate by exploring our ethical criteria.

Past Criticisms of Beyond Meat’s record

Beyond Meat received a poor score in the Food Products category of the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment which analyses economic, environmental and social performance.

In which areas does Beyond Meat score well for its ethics?

Beyond Meat scores well for GM as it has a non-GMO statement on its website, and for Vegetarian as it is certified by The Vegetarian Society.

We found no public record criticisms of Beyond Meat relating to; Nuclear, Fossil Fuels, Animal Welfare, Political Donations or Armaments, therefore the brand scores well for these criteria. Find out more about how we rate.

How can Beyond Meat improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that Beyond Meat is awarded with on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Vegan & Vegetarian Foods Ratings Table is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria.

To reach our minimum ethical benchmark and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, Beyond Meat has some issues to resolve, including its lack of organic certification. If it applies for Ethical Accreditation, The Good Shopping Guide will be able to give Beyond Meat some guidance to improve on these areas.

Were you aware that your brand could benefit from Ethical Accreditation? Brands accredited by The Good Shopping Guide can display our Ethical Mark, showcasing to consumers that it is an ethical and sustainable brand. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us or complete a Free Initial Assessment form.

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  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


  • Ethical Innovator


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