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Is Lyle’s an ethical and sustainable brand? 

Within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Jams & Spreads sector, Lyle’s does not currently reach the minimum ethical benchmark due to its low score. Lyles’s bottom score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Jams & Spreads Ethical Ratings Table means it is not yet eligible for Ethical Accreditation.

Would you like to find out how Lyle’s compares to other jam and spread brands within the Ethical Jams & Spreads sector? Visit the Jams & Spreads Ethical Ratings Table. From our Ratings Tables, you can learn more about the criteria that our top-rated brands have met to reach our minimum ethical benchmark.

In which areas does Lyle’s score well?

Lyle’s parent company, ASR Group, has a Sustainability Report which includes several environmental targets, earning the brand a top rating in the Environmental Report category.

Additionally, as neither Lyle’s nor its parent company has been accused of any unethical practices towards animals, Lyle’s receives a top rating for Animal Welfare.

In which areas does Lyle’s score poorly?

Tate & Lyle, a sugar brand linked to Lyle’s, has been accused of betraying 200 families in Cambodia. Residents in Koh Kong, Cambodia, say that their livelihoods, and their children’s futures were devastated when their land was taken from them. The land went to supply sugar to Tate and Lyle. As a result of this, and several other criticisms, Lyle’s receives a bottom rating for Public Record Criticisms.

Lyle’s also receives a bottom rating in the Organic category, due to the absence of certified organic products in its range.

What can Lyle’s do to improve its score? 

Lyle’s’ below benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Jams & Spreads Ethical Ratings Table is the outcome of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria.

Although Lyle’s’ score does not reach  The Good Shopping Guide’s minimum ethical benchmark in the Ethical Jams & Spreads sector, it is still encouraged to apply for Ethical Accreditation.  After Lyle’s’ application has been received, it will be offered some advice on how to improve its score and become a more ethical brand.

Are you curious about how obtaining Ethical Accreditation could be beneficial for your brand? Accredited brands can display The Good Shopping Guide mark, showcasing to consumers that it can be trusted as an ethical and sustainable brand. Visit our Ratings Tables to learn about which brands have been awarded with our ethical certification.

Would you like more information? Please get in touch or fill out a Free Initial Assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels


  • Palm Oil Free



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


= GSG Top Rating = GSG Middle Rating = GSG Bottom Rating