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How ethical is Greggs?

Greggs is a coffee and pastry shop chain which has a good score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Coffee Shops Ratings Table. With a high GSG score, Greggs can be considered an ethical brand. Greggs hasn’t yet applied for Ethical Accreditation, but its high score would mean that if it did, it would be able to display The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Mark on its products.

We encourage other companies in the Ethical Coffee Shops sector to follow Greggs’ example and adopt more ethical policies and practices.

What does Greggs do?

Greggs began as a bicycle delivery service for eggs and yeast in Newcastle, UK, and after ten years became a shop and bakery. It is now a chain found all over the UK and has been named as one of the happiest places to work in the UK.

In which areas does Greggs perform well?

Greggs performs well for its Environmental Report as it has ‘The Greggs Pledge’ containing targets for 2025 as well as a 2022 Progress Report which tracks their performance across these targets. Greggs gets a top score for its Reusable Cup Scheme as well as for being 100% Fair Trade.

We found no criticisms relating to Nuclear, Fossil Fuels, Animal Welfare, Political Donations or Armaments therefore Greggs scores well across these criteria. Find out more about our ethical criteria.

What can Greggs do to improve its score?

The above benchmark score that Greggs is awarded on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Coffee Shops Ratings Table is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria.

As Greggs already receives a top score in the Ethical Coffee Shops sector, The Good Shopping Guide encourages it to get in touch and apply for Ethical Accreditation. After sending in its application, Greggs will be offered the use of The Good Shopping Guide Ethical Mark.

However we would encourage Greggs to release a statement regarding its use of GMOs, and gain some Organic certification in order to improve its score. If Greggs applies for Ethical Accreditation, The Good Shopping Guide would be able to offer some guidance on this.

Were you aware that your brand could benefit from Ethical Accreditation? If accredited by The Good Shopping Guide, brands can display our ethical mark, showcasing to consumers that it is an ethical and sustainable supplier. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us or complete a Free Initial Assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Reusable Cup Scheme


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations


  • Fairtrade



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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