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Farrow & Ball

How ethical is Farrow & Ball?

Farrow & Ball is a brand of paint which was founded in Dorset, UK in 1946 by chemist John Farrow and engineer Richard Ball who met at a local clay pit.

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

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In which areas does Farrow & Ball perform poorly?

Farrow & Ball is given a bottom rating for our Nuclear Power and Fossil Fuels criteria, as parent company, Hempel, provides products and services to both of these industries. It gets a middle rating for Armaments as Hempel provides products to the Royal Navy. Find out more about how we rate by exploring our ethical criteria.


In which areas does Farrow & Ball score well for its ethics?

Farrow & Ball gets a top score for its Environmental Report as Hempel has a page called ‘Futureproof’ which includes targets such as becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

We found no criticisms of Farrow & Ball relating to; Animal Welfare or Political Donations, so it scores well for these criteria.

How can Farrow & Ball improve its ethical rating?

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

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Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Nuclear Power


  • Toxic Chemicals Policy


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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