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Coors Light

How ethical is Coors Light?

Coors Light is a brand of alcoholic drinks which has a below-benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Beer, Lager & Cider Ratings Table. Although Coors Light has not yet met our ethical benchmark, we hope to see the brand make progress in the future.

We would have extra confidence in Coors Light 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 Coors Light do?

Coors Light is a brand of American Lager which was first produced in Chicago, Illinois in 1978 by the Coors Brewing Company.

In which areas does Coors Light perform poorly?

Coors Light was marked down under our criteria for GM as parent company, Molson Coors, has a GMO statement on its website confirming the use of GMOs in some markets. It also gets a bottom score for Organic and Vegetarian due to a lack of certification.

Coors Light is given a bottom rating for Animal Welfare as Molson Coors confirms that it does test on animals when required to by law. It also gets a bottom score for Political Donations as Molson Coors donated above our threshold amount in recent election cycles.


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

Past Criticisms of Coors Light’s record

As You Sow recently graded Molson Coors a D+ in its Corporate Plastic Pollution Scorecard for its contribution to plastic packaging pollution.

In which areas does Coors Light score well for its ethics?

Coors Light scores well for its Environmental Report as Molson Coors’ People & Planet Goals section includes targets for 2025 including water, carbon emissions and packaging.

We found no criticisms of Coors Light relating to; Nuclear, Fossil Fuels or Armaments,  therefore the brand scores well for these criteria. Find out more about how we rate.

How can Coors Light improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that Coors Light is awarded with on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Beer, Lager & Cider Ratings Table is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria.

To reach our minimum ethical benchmark and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, Coors Light has some issues to resolve, including its use of GMOs. If it applies for Ethical Accreditation, The Good Shopping Guide will be able to give Coors Light 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


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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