Skip to content

Ethical brand ratings and accreditation since 2001

Back to table

Bombay Sapphire

How ethical and sustainable is Bombay Sapphire? 

Bombay Sapphire is included in The Good Shopping Guide’s Spirits Ethical Ratings Table. Bombay Sapphire does not currently meet our Ethical Benchmark, but we hope that in the future, the brand will make the necessary changes to operate as a more ethical organisation.

Bombay Sapphire would be able to increase consumer trust by applying Ethical Accreditation, which would include a more complete examination and suggestions for ethical development.

More information on the issues this industry faces may be found in The Good Shopping Guide to Ethical Spirits brands. Then, in our Spirits Ethical Ratings Table compare it to other brands.

What does Bombay Sapphire do?

Bombay Sapphire began in 1761 when Thomas Dakin began his gin-distilling journey. Bombay Sapphire offers a large range of Gins as well as cans of gin and tonic. The gin company also offers distillery tours. The brand was purchased by BACARDI in 1998.

For which criteria does Bombay Sapphire perform poorly? 

Bombay Sapphire received a low rating as the brand has no Organic or Vegan alcohol products, as well as the brand’s parent company BACARDI donated over $258k in recent election cycles. Bombay Sapphire received a middle rating for its lack of Genetic Modification policy.

In what areas does Bombay Sapphire score well for its ethics?

Bombay Sapphire receives a high score for its Environmental Report, the brand’s parent company BACARDI’s sustainability page has targets for 2023 and onwards including evidence o its progress. This can be found here. Bombay Sapphire also received a high rating in our Fossil Fuel, Nuclear, Armaments and Animal Welfare research categories, with no Public Record Criticisms.

How can Bombay Sapphire improve its Ethical Rating?

Bombay Sapphire might apply for Ethical Accreditation for more detailed guidance on how to improve.

Bombay Sapphire may improve its rating and fulfil our fundamental ethical requirements by introducing an Organic or Vegan alcohol range and ensuring BACARDI cease all Political Donations to avoid greatly influencing the processes of democracy and political issues.

The Ethical Rating of a brand is divided into three categories by The Good Shopping Guide: the Environment, People and Animals. Find out more about how we rate and research brands for their ethics here. Why not check out The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Accreditation if you work for or with a Spirits company that places ethics high on its priority list, or is looking to improve your ESG/ CSR, or to stand out from the greenwash?

Contact us to learn more about our prestigious sustainability certification, or complete our short form for an initial ethics evaluation.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


= GSG Top Rating = GSG Middle Rating = GSG Bottom Rating