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Black & Decker

How ethical is Black & Decker?

Black & Decker is an American brand which was founded in 1910 to manufacture power tools and has since branched out into small domestic appliances.

Black & Decker has been given a below-benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Vacuum Cleaners Ratings Table. Although it has not yet met our ethical benchmark, we hope to see Black & Decker make progress in future.

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


In which areas does Black & Decker perform poorly?

Black & Decker gets a bottom rating for our Nuclear Power and Fossil Fuels criteria, as Stanley Engineered Fastening provides services and manufacturing equipment to these industries. It also gets a poor score for Political Donations as it donated an amount above our minimum threshold in recent election cycles.

Black & Decker is given a middle rating for Armaments as the company has an Aerospace Manufacturing arm. Find out more about how we rate by exploring our ethical criteria.


In which areas does Black & Decker score well for its ethics?

Black & Decker gets a top score for our Environmental Report and Code of Conduct criteria, as its Sustainability Report 2020 covers lots of targets, and its Supplier Handbook contains a robust code regarding child labour, work safety and hours.

We found no criticisms of Black & Decker relating to; Animal Welfare, Human Rights or Political Donations, so it scores well for these criteria.

How can Black & Decker improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that Black & Decker is awarded is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria. To reach our minimum benchmark score and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, Black & Decker has some issues to resolve including its involvement in the Fossil Fuels industry.

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


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Code of Conduct


  • Political Donations


  • Human Rights



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Other Criticisms


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