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How ethical is Biona ?

Biona is a brand of cooking oil which has achieved an acceptable score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Cooking Oil Ratings Table but Ethical Accreditation has not yet been achieved. This is important because it provides additional warranty on the company’s wider ethical, sustainable, and social policies and records.

Read more about the issues facing the Ethical Cooking Oil sector and find out which companies have achieved accreditation for their commitment to being ethical and sustainable.

What does Biona do?

Biona was one of the UK’s first Organic companies. It was originally created as an organic food shop in the 1980s by an Irish farmer who moved to London. The brand became Biona as we know it in 1992 and has been family owned ever since. Biona’s range now includes over 400 products that are sold in over 40 countries.

What makes Biona an ethical brand?

As a top-rated brand, Biona receives a top score in the majority of our categories.

However, we are especially pleased with Biona’s top score for our Genetic Modification category. Windmill Organics, Biona’s parent company, has a statement which confirms that none of its brands use any genetically modified ingredients in its products.

In which areas does Biona score well?

Biona’s ethical values, which include its focus on vegan and organic products are discussed on its parent company Windmill Organics’ ‘What We Stand For’ page.

As both Biona and Windmill Organics demonstrate a clear commitment to being businesses with a positive environmental impact, Biona is awarded a top rating in the Environmental Report category.

Moreover, Biona’s dedication to ethics has resulted in a top rating in the Ethical Innovator criterion.

What can Biona do to improve its score? 

Biona’s above benchmark score within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Cooking Oil sector is the result of an assessment of multiple ethical criteria.

Biona is encouraged to apply for Ethical Accreditation. If successful in its application, Biona would join the certified ethical brands leading the way in progressive and sustainable practices and be permitted to display The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Mark in its communications.

If you’re interested in learning more about achieving Ethical Accreditation for your brand, please contact us or complete a Free Initial Assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations


  • Fairtrade



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


  • Ethical Innovator


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