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Is Lipton an ethical tea brand?

Lipton is a British tea brand founded in the 1880s by Sir Thomas Lipton. Lipton sells a range of different teas such as fruit tea, iced tea and herbal teas. Lipton is manufactured by CVC Capital Partners SICAV-FIS S.A. Lipton has a high rating on the Ethical Tea Ratings Table and is one of The Good Shopping Guide’s top-rated tea brands. If Lipton were to apply for Ethical Accreditation, The Good Shopping Guide could provide it with an assessment and some detailed recommendations and award it with our Ethical Mark.

The Ethical Tea Ratings Table shows where Lipton ranks against other tea brands and can help you learn more about the criteria that it has met to meet our ethical benchmark. We encourage all brands to follow Lipton’s footsteps as an ethical brand and to apply for Ethical Accreditation.

What does Lipton receive a high score for?

Lipton receives a high score in almost all our criteria but especially under our Environmental Report category.

Ekaterra who owns Lipton and other tea brands have a Wellbeing Promise page with targets for 2030 such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sourcing raw materials using regenerative agriculture. The page also shares its progress. One of its targets to switch to 100% sustainably sourced teas has almost been met with only 2% to go.

Due to the lack of negative records, Lipton also scores well for Public Record Criticisms and Animal Welfare.

What can Lipton do to improve its score?

Unfortunately, Lipton receives a middle score for Armaments as its parent company CVC Capital Partners own Ontic which is a provider of aerospace parts whose business is majority military aviation.

Due to its parent company CVC Capital Partners lack of statement, Lipton also receives a middle score for Genetic Modification. Lipton receive a bottom score for our Political Donations category as its parent company CVC Capital Partners donated over $1.1m in the 2018-22 election cycles.

Read more about our methodology and how we rate here.

How can Lipton improve its score?

Lipton’s score in The Good Shopping Guide is the result of the calculation of multiple ethical criteria. If Lipton were to improve upon its middle and bottom scores for Armaments, Genetic Modification and Political Donations we would have more confidence in the brand. Lipton could apply for Ethical Accreditation and be awarded our Ethical Mark as it already meets our minimum ethical benchmark.

As many consumers like to choose ethical and sustainable brands, The Good Shopping Guide encourages PG tips and other brands within the Ethical Tea sector to apply for Ethical Accreditation.

Are you a tea company owner or staff member? Are People, Animals, and the Environment actually important to your ethical tea company? Are you interested in obtaining our esteemed Ethical Accreditation and getting specialised guidance on how to raise the ethical standards in your place of business? Consumers trust brands that have a history of taking sustainability and ethics into account; get your brand listed on our Ethical Ratings Tables and cut through all the greenwash. For the procedure to begin, contact us or complete our initial assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations


  • Fairtrade



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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