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John West

How ethical is John West?

John West is a brand of tinned fish which was founded in 1857 with the launch of tinned Pacific salmon in the UK. It is now owned by Thai Union Group Plc.

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

Read more about the issues facing the Ethical Tinned Tuna sector and find out which companies have achieved accreditation for their commitment to being ethical and sustainable.

In which areas does John West perform poorly?

John West is given a bottom score for Sustainable Fishing Methods as Thai Union’s website does not provide a percentage as to how much of its fish is caught using pole & line methods.

In which areas does John West score well for its ethics?

John West gets a top score for its Environmental Report as parent company, Thai Union, has a Sustainability Report 2022 with evidence of progress and future targets.

We found no criticisms of John West relating to; Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels, Animal Welfare, Human Rights, Political Donations or Armaments, so it scores well for these criteria.

How can John West improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that John West is awarded is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria. To reach our minimum benchmark score and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, John West has some issues to resolve including its lack of transparency regarding its fishing methods.

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  • Environmental Report


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Sustainable Fishing Methods



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations


  • Human Rights



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Other Criticisms


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