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How ethical and sustainable is Doritos? 

Doritos is included in The Good Shopping Guide‘s Ethical Crisps Ratings Table. Doritos has yet to meet our ethical standards, but we believe that in the future, the brand will make the necessary changes to function as a more ethical business.

Are you interested in seeing how Doritos rates against other brands within the Ethical Crisps sector? Visit the Crisps Ethical Ratings Table. From The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables, you can learn more about the criteria that our top-rated brands have fulfilled.

What does Doritos do?

Doritos is a popular Crisp brand owned by PepsiCo, the brand was released nationwide in 1966 being the first tortilla chip to be launched nationally in the US. Doritos is most known for its range of crisps in flavours such as chilli heatwave, tangy cheese, cool original and hint of salt but also has a range of dips including nacho cheese, salsa and sour cream and chives.

For which criteria does Doritos perform poorly? 

Doritos received a low rating for its Genetic Modification Policy as parent company Pepsi states that it uses GM ingredients in its products. The brand also received a low rating for Animal Welfare, Fairtrade and Political Donations, as Pepsi tests on animals and donated millions in recent U.S. election cycles.

Past Criticisms of Doritos’s ethical record

Doritos faced criticism after Pepsi was accused of purchasing palm oil from sites that were uncovered to be both unethical and damaging.

In what areas does Doritos score well for its ethics?

Doritos receives a high score for Armaments and Environmental Report. PepsiCo’s sustainability report includes various targets for 2025 which are also easily available on its website.

How can Doritos improve its ethical rating?

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.

Doritos may improve its rating and fulfil our fundamental ethical requirements by removing all GMOs from its products and ceasing all Political Donations.

Are you curious about how obtaining Ethical Accreditation could be beneficial for your brand? Accredited brands can display The Good Shopping Guide mark, showcasing to consumers that it can be trusted as an ethical and sustainable brand. Visit our Ratings Tables to learn about which brands within the Ethical  Crisps sector have been awarded with our ethical certification.

Would you like more information? Please get in touch or fill out 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


  • Palm Oil Free



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


  • Public Record Criticisms+


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