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How ethical is Billington’s?

Billington’s is a brand of sugar which has a below-benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Sugar Ratings Table. Although Billington’s has not yet met our ethical benchmark, we hope to see the brand make progress in the future.

We would have extra confidence in Billington’s if it submitted itself to apply for Ethical Accreditation, whereby The Good Shopping Guide would make further detailed assessment and recommendations for ethical improvement.

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What does Billington’s do?

Billington’s began importing sugar in 1977 and joined the Silver Spoon Company in 2004.

In which areas does Billington’s perform poorly?

Billington’s was marked down under our criteria for GM as it confirms use of GMOs in some cases, and Fair Trade due to a lack of certification. Find out more about how we rate by exploring our ethical criteria.

Past Criticisms of Billington’s record

We found no past criticisms of Billington’s.

In which areas does Billington’s score well for its ethics?

Billington’s parent company, Associated British Foods, has a number of documents containing targets including packaging, carbon emissions and responsible sourcing, so Billington’s gets a top rating for its Environmental Report, as well as for Organic as it is certified by The Soil Association.

We found no public record criticisms of Billington’s relating to Nuclear, Fossil Fuels, Animal Welfare, Political Donations or Armaments so it scores well for these criteria.

How can Billington’s improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that Billington’s is awarded with on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Sugar Ratings Table is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria. To reach our minimum ethical benchmark and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, Billington’s has some issues to resolve, including its use of GMOs and lack of Fair Trade association. If it applies for Ethical Accreditation, The Good Shopping Guide will be able to give Billington’s 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.

Ethical performance in category


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  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations


  • Fairtrade



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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