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Is Hennessy an ethical spirits brand?

Within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Spirits sector, Hennessy is a below-benchmark cognac brand due to its low score.

Despite currently having a below-benchmark score, The Good Shopping Guide still recommends that Hennessy get in touch and apply for Ethical Accreditation. After receiving its application, we would assess Hennessy and then offer it some advice on how to improve its score.

To see how Hennessy compares against our other Spirits brands within the Ethical Spirits sector, take a look at the Spirits Ethical Ratings Table. Our Ratings Table can help you to learn about the criteria that a brand has to meet to achieve reaching our minimum Ethical Benchmark.

The Good Shopping Guide encourages all brands to follow the example set by our top-rated brands and introduce more sustainable policies before applying for Ethical Accreditation.

What does Hennessy receive a top rating for?

For its lack of negative criticisms, Hennessy receives a top rating for Nuclear Power and Armaments. Find out more information about our ethical research and ratings system here.

What does Hennessy receive a bottom rating for?

Hennessy receives a low score for the Political Donations category within The Good Shopping Guide. LVMH, Hennessy’s parent company, has donated more than $271k in recent election cycles. This is more than our criteria will allow for a middle or top rating which is why it receives a bottom rating.

What can Hennessy do to improve its score? 

Hennessy score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Spirits Ethical Ratings Table is the result of a calculation of multiple ethical criteria.

Even though it has a below-benchmark score, we still encourage Hennessy to get in touch with us and apply for Ethical Accreditation. By applying, Hennessy would receive some tips on how to work on its bottom scores so that its position on the Spirits Ethical Ratings Table could improve.

Could your Spirits brand benefit from Ethical Accreditation? The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables can show you which other brands within the Ethical Spirits sector have achieved our ethics and sustainability certification. If you would like some more information, contact us or fill out a rapid initial ethical assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


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GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


  • Public Record Criticisms+


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