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Greene King

How ethical is Greene King?

Greene King 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 Greene King has not yet met our ethical benchmark, we hope to see the brand make progress in the future.

We would have extra confidence in Greene King 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 Greene King do?

Greene King is a British brewing company founded in 1799 which also owns a large number of pubs and  restaurants across the country.

In which areas does Greene King perform poorly?

Greene King was marked down under our criteria for Organic and Vegetarian due to a lack of any certification. Find out more about how we rate by exploring our ethical criteria.

Past Criticisms of Greene King’s record

Greene King recently paid thousands of pounds in compensation after admitting that 12 people had been removed from one of its premises for being Irish Travellers.

In which areas does Greene King score well for its ethics?

Greene King scores well for its Environmental Report as its Annual Report 2022 contains targets on carbon emissions and food waste.

We found no criticisms of Greene King relating to; GM, Nuclear, Fossil Fuels, Animal Welfare, Political Donations or Armaments,  therefore the brand scores well for these criteria. Find out more about how we rate.

How can Greene King improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that Greene King 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, Greene King has some issues to resolve, including its lack of Organic certification. If it applies for Ethical Accreditation, The Good Shopping Guide will be able to give Greene King 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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